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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -
After a two-year hiatus, the "Golden Galleons" exhibit featuring artifacts and information about the Spanish shipwrecks of 1715 has been restored and is once again on display inside the St. Lucie County Regional History Center.
A majority of the exhibit's pieces were removed by Florida's division of historical resources in August 2010, after there was discussion by county officials about closing the regional history center due to budget cuts and staff reductions.
However, because volunteers from the St. Lucie Historical Society offered their services to keep the museum open, the state returned the exhibit items this summer.
The artifacts, which had been on loan to St. Lucie County since 1988, include unique relics such as pottery, weapons and utensils, which were recovered from the Spanish treasure ships that sank off the coast in 1715, giving the Treasure Coast its name.
Located at 414 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson, the St. Lucie County Regional History Center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is $1.50 for children under 12; $2.50 for students ages 13-17, $4 for adults and $3.50 for seniors.
For more information about the St. Lucie County Regional History Center call (772) 462-1795 or visit www.stlucieco.gov/history.