About the Museum

The New Smyrna Museum of History, part of the Southeast Volusia Historical Society, is located on the historic district of New Smyrna Beach. The focal point of the museum is an exhibit devoted to the founders of New Smyrna, an intrepid group of indentured Mediterranean colonists, under the leadership of Scottish physician and diplomat, Andrew Turnbull. 

The New Smyrna settlement was the largest attempt at English colonization in the New World. Surviving many hardships imposed upon them by man and nature, they created a viable agricultural community supplying indigo and other products for export to England.

In addition to the New Smyrna Settlement Exhibit, there is a perimeter gallery which gives a chronological overview of area history, starting with pre-historic Florida and continuing through eleven distinct periods of local history. 

Membership Benefits

  • Subscription to monthly email newsletter
  • Invitations to museum activities and events
  • Monthly Community Museum Meetings (September through May)
  • Invitation to our January members banquet
  • Invitation to our May picnic and Board of Directors installation
  • History Book Club Events
  • Discounts in the museum store
  • Use of the Sheldon Research Library (when open and by appointment)
  • Children’s educational events and activities
  • Volunteer opportunities


Your membership support helps the Society continue to be an important community and educational resource while giving you special benefits to enjoy throughout the year. Please complete the form below to become a member.

After you submit this form, please make check payable to: Southeast Volusia Historical Society, INC.

Give the Gift of History

Looking for a gift that keeps giving all year? An annual membership will give your gift recipient many great benefits to enjoy through the year while supporting the Museum and education for the community. Your gift memberships can be sent to your recipient.

After you submit this form, please make check payable to: Southeast Volusia Historical Society, INC.