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Sanford Museum


520 East 1st Street

Sanford, FL 32771

P.O. Box 1788


Museum Hours:

Tuesday-Friday 11 AM - 4 PM

Saturday 1 PM - 4 PM 

Free Admission

Directions by car:

From I- 4 Westbound:

• Take I-4 W Toward Orlando
• Take exit 104 for US-17/US-92 toward Sanford
• Turn right onto U.S. 17 S/US-92 W (There will be signs for Zoological Park/Port of Sanford/Sanford)
• Turn left onto W 1st St., and the destination will be on the left

From I- 4 Eastbound:

• Take I-4 E toward Deltona
• Take exit 101B-101C for FL-46 toward Sanford/Mt Dora
• Turn right onto FL-46 E (There will be signs for Sanford Historic District)
• Continue straight onto W 1st St., and the destination will be on the left 


About the Museum

The Sanford Museum opened in 1957 as The Henry Shelton Sanford Memorial Library and Museum. The building was expanded in 1974 and again in 1993. The Sanford Family Collection, including the library and papers of city founder Henry S. Sanford, was donated to the city by Sanford’s daughter Carola Sanford Dow. On display are European and American paintings, furniture, personal objects and books from 1820-1890.


The Chase Gallery was built in 1993, this gallery was named in honor of S. O. and Margaret Chase. The gallery has exhibits on local history including: city planning, railroads, Riverboats, agriculture, business, education, local celebrities, fire and police departments, and the Naval Air Station Sanford. The sports collection highlights the achievements of Sanford natives including sportscaster Red Barber, Baseball stars Tim Raines and David Eckstein, professional football’s Jeff Blake and Reggie Branch and Drew “Bundini” Brown, Muhammed Ali’s corner man. The exhibit includes Hall of Fame players who were in Sanford with the New York Giants’ farm system in the 1950s.

Sanford Says Podcast - Sanford Museum

Henry Shelton Sanford


Henry Sanford

Henry Shelton Sanford was an American diplomat, attorney and investor, who was born in 1823 in Derby, Connecticut. He established the city of Sanford as a Transportation hub in 1870 and is considered a founder of the Florida Citrus Industry. He lived in Brussels, Belgium for thirty years with his wife, Gertrude, and his seven children. He died in 1891 in Healing Springs, Virginia.


Sanford Papers Register


Research Collections


 The Sanford Museum’s research collection includes:

•The Sanford City Archive: Photographs, family histories, yearbooks, city directories, maps, letters and Memorabilia collected from public and private sources.

•The Naval Air Station Sanford Collection: Photographs, memoirs, biographies, base newspaper, cruise books and station records 1940s-1960s.

•The Sanford Herald Collection: Microfilm of the local newspaper 1908-2000, Photographic negatives 1973-2000.  

•Research Library: Books of local interest, Florida history, Polk City Directories, local telephone books, maps, Seminole High School annuals, city tax rolls 1920-1966, memoirs, genealogies, subject files and obituary file.


To schedule your next tour or field trip at the Sanford Museum, call 407.688.5198


   Sanford Advisory Board Meeting Minutes    


Helpful Links:


        Sanford Historic Trust 

        Historic Sanford Florida

        Sanford Historical Society, Inc.:

        Central Florida Memory: