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.
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.
The Wentworth Gallery
A cornerstone of UWF Historic Trust, the Wentworth Collection is a lasting connection to our region’s past and to one of Pensacola’s prominent citizens, T.T. Wentworth. A passionate collector, Theodore Thomas "Tom" Wentworth, Jr. (1898-1989) amassed an extraordinary collection of art, artifacts, and archival material during his lifetime. In 1988, he donated over 100,000 objects to the State of Florida, thereby creating the T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum. The gallery features selections from the original collection ranging from curiosities to historical gems, exhibited and interpreted in a manner that was popular during Mr. Wentworth’s lifetime.
From the Vault: Why and What We Collect
This new exhibition at the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum consists of more than 120 artifacts, showcasing some of the historical, strange, beautiful and fascinating pieces from the UWF Historic Trust collection.
We all collect, for many reasons including pure enjoyment, nostalgia for the past and to create a legacy, a gift to the future. Whatever the reason, our collections are an extension of who we are.
Visitors will explore collecting by individuals, community organizations and museums through areas highlighting T. T. Wentworth Jr., the Pensacola Historical Society and the UWF Historic Trust. Visitors will learn more about artifacts with compelling stories, including the iconic Gulf Breeze UFO model. A special “What is It?” area engages visitors by challenging them to identify unusual objects form the collection.
Philately & Friendship: The Art of ACE
August 24, 2017-February 27, 2018
Philately & Friendship: The Art of ACE features 50 illustrated envelopes, as well as pages of personal correspondence, created by members of the Art Cover Exchange, also known as ACE. The postal art included in the exhibition was sent by ACE members around the work to fellow member and local artist Manuel Runyan during the 1930s and 1940s.
Often taking inspiration from newly released stamps, the envelopes boast individual designs of events important to the artists. Correspondence highlights day-to-day life as well as some of the major issues of the day. This intimate exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to explore an original social medium through the correspondence and artwork of ACE’s members. With over 300 members in the United States, Canada, England, France, Japan, and Australia, ACE was active from 1935 into the 1950s.