Mission San Luis

2100 West Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304 - United States





Mission San Luis, Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum, was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. Today Mission San Luis is the only reconstructed Spanish mission in Florida. The site is a National Historic Landmark and brings the 17th century to life with living history interpreters in period dress, reconstructed period buildings, exhibits, and archaeological research.


Visit the Mission San Luis's exhibit gallery where the history of this 17th-century western capital of Spanish Florida is interpreted. See replicated archaeological profiles, a three-dimensional topographic site map, and Apalachee and Spanish artifacts discovered at Mission San Luis over decades of archaeology.

Also on display in the Exhibit Gallery are Spanish Colonial art and artifacts from the Calynne and Lou Hill Collection including period devotional objects in the Roman Catholic tradition, including santos (three-dimensional carved figures) and retablos (two-dimensional flat panels/enclosures on which images of saints were painted). Similar items were probably used in the altarpiece of the 17th-century Mission church.

Costumed interpreters interact with visitors for an engaging experience. The skills and activities of the 17th century are demonstrated while the sights and sounds of mission life mingle with the smell of wood smoke. At Mission San Luis, the entire site is a classroom where lifelong learning and fun take place.

Visitors will also enjoy shopping for souvenirs and unique gifts in El Mercado, Mission San Luis's gift shop.

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