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.
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.
Changing Exhibit Galleries
Cotton Fields to Congress: The Life and Career of Earl Hutto
The UWF Historic Trust is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, Cotton Fields to Congress, highlighting the political career of Earl Hutto in the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum.
The exhibit replicates the feel of a campaign headquarters on election night as visitors trace Hutto’s career from the Alabama cotton fields into sportscasting, television and radio production, and eventually into state and national politics. A pictorial biography and timeline showcases Congressman Hutto’s interactions with local and national military personnel, political figures, and celebrities. The exhibit features memorabilia and artifacts from his eight terms of political service, including a vignette of his Congressional office. In his travels around the world, Congressman Hutto never forgot his local roots, and the exhibit pays tribute to his efforts and accomplishments on behalf of northwest Florida. If you’ve ever wondered how Hutto earned the title “Captain Supreme,” the exhibit answers that question.
Icons of Pensacola
Icons can define a city and shape our memories of place. In this exhibition, visitors can explore six local icons through news reports, personal stories, memorabilia, art and artifacts. Reflect on what makes an icon and why memories of some lost icons endure. Image: Tyler's Watch, Rachael Pongetti
Punksacola: Reflections of a Subculture
July 2018 - July 2019
As a crossroads of culture, Pensacola has a long history and strong connection to the Punk scene. Become immersed in this subculture through oral history, video, music and ephemera and uncover a vibrant and important part of our social fabric. This exhibition was co-curated by the members of 309 Punk Museum Project.