Titusville museum reopening highlighted by new displays

At the North Brevard Historical Museum, volunteers Vickie Miller and Margaret Vessels, discuss tools they identified and labeled in the old Pritchard Hardwood Store display case.

After being closed since March, 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, the North Brevard Historical Museum will reopen its doors May 4.

The museum’s temporary new hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Admission is free but donations are gratefully received.

The staff is ready to welcome visitors, and CDC guidelines are in place. That involved lots of preparation and hard work.

“Docents have been busy dusting, sanitizing and getting displays in order,” secretary Judy Davis said.

Bill Baldwin, the president of the Historical Society of North Brevard, which operates the museum, was among those who repaired a termite damaged room and replaced ceiling tiles.

“They brightened up the interior,” he said.

A new air-conditioning unit was installed.

Other changes have taken place.

“The museum’s vintage tool section has been consolidated and the display is more organized and easier to view,” Baldwin said. “It features a renovated Pritchard Hardware hand tool display cabinet.

Museum artifacts include military memorabilia, vintage clothing, local high school yearbooks, historic photographs, a vintage bank safe and much more.

A “Did You Know?” section researched by Michael Knight, features books that reveal little-known tidbits of Titusville’s history.

The museum is located at 301 S. Washington Ave. in historic, Downtown Titusville. Visit nbbd.com/godo/history