Similar to a scavenger hunt, each museum has a piece of a larger puzzle to hand out to museum participants.

OKALOOSA COUNTY — A coalition of nine Okaloosa County museums created a program to raise awareness for local museums in the area.


The new program, Explore Okaloosa, is set to launch Friday.


Similar to a scavenger hunt, each museum has a piece of a larger puzzle to hand out to museum participants.


One side will have the logo of each of the museums and the other will have Explore Okaloosa.


Participants are encouraged to visit every one of the nine museums to collect the pieces and finish the puzzle.


The new project will be an opportunity to help students learn at their own pace as well as expose them to local culture and history, said Diane Fraser, director of the Emerald Coast Science Center.


"We should be teaching our kids to be life-long learners," Fraser said.


Fraser said she hopes to create a new puzzle every year.


The nine museums are as followed:


Air Force Armament Museum


The Air Force Armament Museum, located on 100 Museum Drive off of State Road 85 or State Road 189, is dedicated to the "collection, preservation and exhibition" of different types of Air Force weaponry memorabilia and artifacts, according to their website.


Baker Block Museum


A living history museum, The Baker Block is an opportunity to explore the history of naval stores, lumbering and farming and land development, their website said.


"Take a walk through the past to gain knowledge and perspective of life, heritage, and history of our local region," according to their website.


Carver Hill Museum


"The Carver-Hill Museum honors the Carver-Hill School and chronicles the history of the local African-American community," according to the Explore Okaloosa brochure. "It serves as an archive for artifacts related to Carver-Hill School, such as photos, yearbooks, and sports memorabilia & also contains historical documentation of local families & the community."


City of FWB Heritage Park and Cultural Center


The city of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center takes a look at three distinct locations: the Indian Temple Mound, a National Historic Landmark, Camp Walton School and the Garnier Post Office, according to the Explore Okaloosa brochure.


Emerald Coast Science Center


The Emerald Coast Science Center has more than 45 exhibits ranging from animal science to scientific principles.


"With animal presentations, workshops, weekend events, and state-of-the-art SMALLab Learning exhibit, all ages can make discoveries at the Science Center," the brochure said.


Destin History and Fishing Museum


This museum features a variety of activities such as fishing exhibits, scavenger hunts, audio tours, and vintage items about early Destin.


Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida


"The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida keeps history alive by hosting unique events throughout the year to promote the heritage & culture of northwest Florida, the brochure said.


Doolittle History Museum


One of two museums through the Northwest Florida State College, this museum offers the opportunity to learn about "WWII aviators, who under the direction of U.S. Army Air Forces Lt. Col. James Doolittle, trained for the 1942 attack on the Japanese Islands from Eglin Field," the brochure said.


Robert L. Sikes Education Center


The second museum of two through the Northwest Florida State College, this museum is a memorial exhibit for the former Crestview congressman, known as "He-coon," the Explore Okaloosa brochure said.