There is always something to see and do in Historic Pensacola. Our Museum of Industry and Museum of Commerce are hosts to permanent exhibits and tell the stories of the Pensacola’s early industries and downtown Pensacola circa the 1890s. In addition to changing exhibits, the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum, is where you will find a permanent exhibit on the history, archaeology and preservation of the City of Five Flags as well as an exhibit showcasing artifacts from the eclectic collection on Mr. T. T. “Tom” Wentworth, Jr. himself, including the infamous petrified cat. Come visit us and see for yourself!
Martin "Trader Jon" Weissman, owner and namesake of Trader Jon's Bar, was well known for his personal eccentricities such as his famously mismatched socks and "Tradernomics" as well as his eclectic establishment. One of Pensacola's top tourist destinations for decades, Trader Jon's, decorated with photos and memorabilia, some traded for drinks, was a safe haven where young flight students, military personnel, astronauts and movie stars rubbed shoulders with local politicians, characters and the occasional ne'er-do-well. Trained as a U. S. paratrooper in WWII, Trader's lifelong love of naval aviation and his livelihood were inseparable. There was truly nothing like it on Earth! Step inside and experience the legend that was Trader Jon's.
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The City of Five Flags
The City of Five Flags tells the unique story of Pensacola through artifacts, photographs and stories told through archaeology and preservation efforts. Renovated in 2012, the City of Five Flags exhibit includes streamlined timelines, engaging interactives, one-of-a-kind artifacts, and immersive environments all designed to help visitors experience life in Pensacola under five different flags.
For thousands of years, people have been discovering Pensacola. Warriors, conquistadors, presidents, heroes from all walks of life, and countless others have discovered that in trying to make their mark on Pensacola, Pensacola has made its mark on them.
What drew people here more than 450 years ago still captivates us today. The beautiful, unspoiled bay, the vivid pageantry of our multi-cultured history, and the promise of new discoveries from places that transcend time itself--this is Pensacola, City of Five Flags.
Pensacola's Long Football Tradition
S. M. Croos, a former Yale star tackle, is credited with bringing football to Pensacola. He recruited other ex-college players and formed Pensacola's first football club, the Gay Blades in 1890. This started the long and illustrious tradition of football in Pensacola, which includes high school, military and semi-pro teams. A new chapter in this story is also highlighted in video, featuring the lead up to the 2016 inaugural season of football at the University of West Florida: The Voyage Starts Now.
Finding Florida: Maps from the John Emmanuel Collection
Finding Florida: Maps from the John Emmanuel Collection features a collection of 11 Florida maps. The dates of the 11 maps range from 1774 to 1891. The most unusual map, printed in 1778, is a map of Lake Superior with an inset of the Florida peninsula. All the maps are beautifully framed and donated by John Emmanuel in honor of Patrick and Olivia Emmanuel.