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.
From the Vault: Why and What We Collect
This 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 world 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.