T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum
Our flagship museum is the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, which is housed in the three-story Mediterranean Revival architecture of the former Pensacola City Hall and was built in 1907. The Wentworth Museum, a highlight of the self-guided tour, is a general history museum with galleries dedicated to both permanent and changing exhibits. The first floor houses the Wentworth Store and ticket desk. The museum is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 4 until 7 p.m. and on Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. for Half-Price Sundays.
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.
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.
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.
The Power of Children: Making a Difference
November 10-January 7, 2017
This NEH On the Road exhibit shares the extraordinary stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White--three children whose lives teach us about overcoming obstacles to make a positive difference in the world. This exhibit encourages children and families to explore issues of isolation, fear, and prejudice throughout 20-century history and today. Try your hand at the Power of Children Scavenger Hunt throughout the exhibit.
Teachers if you are interested in sharing this powerful exhibit with your class please download these resources, including Children Make a Difference Lesson Plan (PDF), 105th Congress House Resolution 3710 (PDF), and the Timeline of Events: The Fateful Journey of the U. S. S. Indianapolis CA-35 (PDF). For more information about school tours, contact Jim McMillen at 850-595-5985 ext. 112 or email@example.com.