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Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki hosts teacher appreciation month

Billy Walker talks about alligator wrestling to players from the FSU softball team during the team’s visit to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in Big Cypress on March 25, 2022. (Photo Beverly Bidney)

The Seminole Tribe’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum will host teachers throughout the month of July for free.

For the first fall since 2019, the museum on the Big Cypress Reservation will welcome school groups. The teacher appreciation month is an opportunity for educators to get familiar with the museum’s galleries and boardwalk at no cost. Up to four guests will receive 50 percent discounted admission.

“We welcome teachers to come learn about the Seminole Tribe and the Florida Everglades at our accredited museum, and take their excitement back to the classroom. Seminole history is Florida history. We are an incredible resource for teachers and the perfect place for an immersive field trip,” Abena Robinson, education coordinator, said a press release.

Educators should sign up in advance at and bring their school-issued identification the day of the visit. The museum will be closed July 4 and July 8, but is otherwise open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum opened in 1997 and is owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe. Situated in the Everglades on a 66-acre cypress dome, the museum offers more than 5,000 square feet of gallery space. Exhibits feature rare artifacts and lifelike dioramas that depict Seminole life at the turn of the century.

In 2009, the museum became the first tribally governed museum to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information, visit and follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.