The Anna Maria Island Historical Society, formed in 1990, operates the Island Historical Museum at 402 Pine Avenue, adjacent to the Old City Jail. The museum was originally built as an ice house in 1920 and the jail was built in 1927. Presently housed in the museum are rare, old photographs, maps, records from the early 1900s, newspaper clippings, period outfits, jewelry, and videos from times past. Recently, a library was created where people may peruse archival records as well as beautifully bound copies of the original Islander newspaper dating from 1954 to 1990. Displays of period clothing and items of interest are presented on pedestals and in glass enclosed cases. A restaurant themed vignette includes many menus of businesses past and present. The walls to the rear of the museum tell "fish tales" from long ago and host a salute to the veterans of World War I and II.