513 E University Avenue Gainesville FL 32601 US
Hours:      11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday

The museum also holds special events at night and on the weekends. Please see our events page for updated information. The Matheson History Museum is free and open to the public (donations are encouraged).

Phone:     (352) 378-2280




The Matheson History Museum can be rented for parties, meetings and weddings. Weddings can also be held at the 1867 Matheson House, one of the three oldest homes in Gainesville. Please visit the "Contact" page for more information. 

research requests


Our collections include more than 20,000 historic Florida postcards; 1,500 stereograph cards; and myriad photographs, documents, books and artifacts. Please direct local history research requests to

Exhibitions & Programs


The Matheson History Museum offers original exhibitions and programs on a variety of topics in local and Florida history. Go to the EVENTS page for the full schedule of current exhibitions and programs. Please follow our Facebook page for updates.       

Financial Information

The Matheson History Museum's 2015 IRS Form 990 and 2015 audit are available below. Tax and audit information for 2016 will be made available later this year.

Support the arts by purchasing a Florida "State of the Arts" license plate. $20 of each purchase made in Alachua County directly supports the arts in our community.

Help us name the copper lion!  Click here to find out how to submit your entry.

The Matheson History Museum and the 1867 Matheson House have wheelchair ramps and reserved handicap parking spaces. The Matheson Library & Archives has a wheelchair ramp but very  limited parking is available. A cell phone tour is available to all visitors. The tour is being revised to include information on all parts of the museum complex. For more information, please call 352-378-2280 or email


The Matheson History Museum's exhibitions and programs are supported in part by funding from Visit Gainesville and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.