A Hidden Treasure Located in the heart of historic downtown Gainesville, the Matheson History Museum is home to the 1867 Matheson House, permanent and temporary exhibits on Alachua County and Florida history, and a local history library and archives filled with resources for the researcher and the curious alike. Throughout the year we host a variety of programs on local and Florida history. We invite you to join us! An update from our executive director, Dixie Neilson: We are anxious to reopen and will do so as soon as we can ensure the safety of the visitors and the staff. We have to consider the size of our complex, the limited number of on-site staff and the unfortunate loss of all of our volunteers in making this important decision.