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, 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.
Changing Exhibit Galleries
Vice City: Crime, Prohibition, and Pensacola
June 13- February 2021
This exhibit explores the idea of vice in the 1920s, from prohibition to prostitution. The feature artifact is a mug shot book, once used by the Pensacola Police Department, containing dozens of images of local arrestees.
Prohibition, the amendment preventing the sale of alcohol, took effect 100 years ago. Police forces nation-wide turned their focus to crimes of morality. Pensacola’s red-light district, full of saloons and variety houses, felt the impact of progressive laws. Bootleggers preyed on increased demand, smuggling rings found use of the port, and women worked their trade along The Line. Jails filled to capacity as police tried to curb surging crime rates. The Roaring Twenties in Pensacola was a decade of opposing ideals, where vice was in vogue and temperance took up the hatchet.
Lessons in Ink
February 28, 2020- September 6, 2020
The exhibit looks at the processes of comic book artists; the establishment, revising, and elimination of the Comics Code; and the rebirth of the Comic book industry. Founded in 1954, the Comics Magazine Association of America, Inc. was formed as an alternative to government regulation to allow the comic publishers to self-regulate the content of comic books in the United States. Its code, commonly called "the Comics Code," lasted until the early 21st century and was created in response to a widespread public concern over inappropriate comic-book content. The Comics Code was considered at its peak to be one of the greatest forms of censorship.
Superheroes From the Page to the Screen
February 28, 2020- September 6, 2020
The exhibition showcases items from the Merrill Movie Collection that are aspects of comic books made into movies. In the last 20 years we have seen an explosion of some of the world’s greatest comic book heroes and villains hit the big screen. The Merrill Movie Collection will provide a glimpse into comic book superheroes and villains as they are seen through the camera lens.
Greetings From Pensacola
October 4, 2019-January 11, 2021
Postcards were one of the ultimate promoters of person, place and thing during the first half of the 20th century. Journey through the development of the postcard and Pensacola’s postcard past while becoming acquainted with Curt Teich, the world’s most successful postcard publisher.
Cotton Fields to Congress: The Life and Career of Earl Hutto
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.
Forgotten Florida: Photographs from the Farm Security Administration
September 1-December 1, 2020
The purpose of this exhibition is to provide a social and political context for the images taken in Florida by photographers in the Historical Section of the Farm Security Administration, a New Deal agency created in 1935. This extraordinary record of the American experience is perhaps the most famous series of photographs to be made during the Depression. These 39 photographs, taken from 1937 and 1942, reveal the lives of migrant workers in South and Central Florida, the erosion and misuse of farmland in northern counties, the decline of the fishing, wood pulp and timber industries. The images show the Depression as it affected Florida’s diverse population, sharecroppers, transient agricultural workers and African-Americans. They also document the contrast in lifestyles between residents of tourist camps along the coast, the wealthy winter visitors and the middle class, who were an increasingly important part of our state’s developmental direction. The exhibit features work by such notable photographers as Walker Evans, Marion Post Wolcott, Gordon Parks, and Arthur Rothstein. This is a Museum of Florida History Traveling Exhibits Program exhibit.