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
The exhibit looked 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.
Greetings From Pensacola
October 4, 2019-extended until Octobe 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.
Florida Citrus Labels
Opens January 7, 2021-March 31
The distinctive artwork that identified Florida citrus crates helped to create and sustain a favorable image of Florida. These labels have long since been discontinued in the citrus marketplace, and the Museum of Florida History is pleased to, once again, bring them before the eyes of the public. Here, viewers will find a panorama of citrus labels associating Florida with various aspects of health, wealth, or beauty from a bygone era. Traveling exhibit from the Museum of Florida History.
The Story of Us: From Curiosity Cabinets to Modern Museums
Modern museums look vastly different than 16th century curiosity cabinets. Museums, and their predecessors, exist because of the drive to preserve memories. Every object has a story to tell - sometimes two or three. Our mission is to protect and interpret thousands of objects that represent the history of Northwest Florida.
Happy Journey: Hank Locklin and Country Music
November 14- May 31, 2021
This exhibit is in partnership with PBS Member Station WSRE, who recently produced the film Hank Locklin: Country Music's Timeless Tenor which premiered on October 29, 2020. The film will be screening inside the exhibit. To learn more about the film, visit wsre.org/HankLocklinFilm