Museums

The museums of UWF Historic Trust provide the backdrop for exploring Historic Pensacola ranging from historic house museums to our large state museum. Themes include African American, children's, colonial, commercial, industrial, maritime, modern and Victorian history of Pensacola.


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The T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum is dedicated to the memory of Mr. T. T. Wentworth, Jr. nicknamed, "Mr. History." The large museum houses three floors of exhibit space. Housed in the 1907 former City Hall, the Wentworth Museum is the starting point for Historic Pensacola.
T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum (1907)

T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum

Our flagship museum in the UWF Historic Trust complex houses three floors of exhibit space. The City of Five Flags exhibit housed on the first floor explores Pensacola's history as the city of five flags from Native cultures to modern Pensacola. This exhibit provides the starting point for Historic Pensacola showcasing the many heritage opportunities that abound in Northwest Florida. The second floor houses our changing exhibit galleries ranging from key moments in Pensacola to the Wentworth Gallery reminiscent of Mr. T. T. Wentworth, Jr.'s original museum. The newest Center Gallery exhibit is a replica of Trader Jon's, an iconic Pensacola landmark. The third floor provides a large traveling exhibit gallery.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thursday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Half-Price Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Location

330 South Jefferson Street
Pensacola, FL 32502


Historic Pensacola Village's Museum of Commerce exterior
Museum of Commerce (1890)

Museum of Commerce

The Museum of Commerce is a reconstruction of a Palafox streetscene using businesses that operated in Pensacola between 1880 and 1910. It is a favorite of the self guided museums found in Historic Pensacola Village. The Museum of Commerce includes the Carriages of Yesteryear as well as a Trolley for visitors to explore. Shop exhibits include A. M. Avery Hardware Store, Tausand's Leather and Harness Shop, Pfeiffer's Toy Store, the Barber Shop, a gas station, and a 1900's Press Room highlighting Pensacola's newspaper history. The Museum of Commerce provides the backdrop for many events in Historic Pensacola including weddings, receptions, and dinners.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location

201 E Zaragoza St
Pensacola, FL 32502


Historic Pensacola Village's Museum of Industry
Museum of Industry (1870)

Museum of Industry

The Museum of Industry highlights Pensacola's best-known industries: lumbering, brickmaking, commercial fishing, railroads and the port. Stroll through this self guided museum and learn how Pensacola was the "Red Snapper Capital of the World" on the replica of a fishing smack. Many of these industries can still be found in and around Pensacola today. Explore the lumbering and railroad contributions to Pensacola's history with the T. R. Miller logging train seated in front of the Museum of Industry.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location

200 E Zaragoza St
Pensacola, FL 32502


 

The Pensacola Children's Museum provides Pensacola history for the young visitor. Visitors to age 11 can explore Pensacola's Colonial history in the hands-on Discovery Gallery. The second floor illustrates themes in Pensacola history, such as maritime, military and Native American.
Pensacola Children's Museum (1885)

Pensacola Children's Museum

The Pensacola Children's Museum is an interactive, hands-on children's museum for ages up to 12. The first floor Discovery Gallery is geared for younger children to explore Pensacola's more than 450 years of history. This dynamic exhibit recreates Colonial Pensacola with a wooden stockade fort, a Spanish ship, a Creek Chickee house, the Panton-Leslie trading post, and a replica of the of the 1805 Lavalle House.  The second floor exhibits themes in Pensacola history for older children, such as our maritime, military, multicultural, and Native American histories. Special programming is available monthly, such as Grandma Jenkin's StoryTyme, Fun with the Arts, and the Magic Behind the Switch. The Museum also is the perfect setting for birthday parties.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Half-Price Sunday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Location

115 E Zaragoza St
Pensacola, FL 32502


 

The Manuel Barrios Cottage interprets Pensacola in the Roaring '20s.
Manuel Barrios Cottage (1888)

Manual Barrios Cottage

The Manuel Barrios Cottage is a self guided museum in the Historic Pensacola Village complex. Interpreting Pensacola during the 1920s, the Barrios Cottage offers a glimpse into the "Roaring 20s" and the beginnings of our technological world.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location

207 E Zaragoza St
PensacolaFL 32502


 

Old Christ Church is one of the oldest churches in Florida on its original foundation.
Old Christ Church (1832)

Old Christ Church

A beacon of historic preservation, Old Christ Church is one of the oldest churches in Florida built in 1832. Old Christ Church has served as an Episcopal Church, a public library, and a museum. Today it is a stop on the docent guided tour of Historic Pensacola Village.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location

405 S Adams St
Pensacola, FL 32502


The Lear-Rocheblave House is an example of Folk Victorian architecture.
Lear/Rocheblave House (1890)

Lear/Rocheblave House

The Lear/Rocheblave House interprets a middle-class family home during the late Victorian Period, 1890-1910. John and Kate Lear built the house in 1890. Benito Rocheblave, a tug-boat captain, lived in the house from 1897 to 1910.  The house and collection pieces reflect Pensacola's connection to the Gulf. This is the fourth and final house museum of the guided public tour.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location

214 East Zaragoza St
Pensacola, FL 32502


 

Julee Panton Cottage exhibits Pensacola's African-American history
Julee Panton Cottage 1805

Julee Cottage

This simple, wood-frame building, built circa 1805, is Pensacola’s only surviving “to the sidewalk” construction. It belonged to Julee, a free woman of color, who purchased the freedom of enslaved blacks. The cottage’s pegged framing and beaded ceilings were preserved during rehabilitation. This self guided house museum illustrates Pensacola's African American heritage.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location

210 E. Zaragoza St
Pensacola, FL 32502


The Lavalle House depicts frontier Pensacola of the Colonial period.
Lavalle House (1805)

Lavalle House

This French Creole style home is the first house visited on the public guided tour. The Lavalle House (1805) was built during Florida's second Spanish period by Carlos Lavalle and Marianna Bonifay. Tour guides discuss the fascinating early frontier history of Pensacola as a Spanish colony. The Lavalle Kitchen House depicts the separate kitchen of the Colonial time which provided protection from fire. Colonial cooking demonstrations provide a feel for Colonial life in Pensacola.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location

205 E Zaragoza St
Pensacola, FL 32502


Clara Barkley Dorr House in Historic Pensacola Village
Clara Barkley Dorr House (1871)

Dorr House

The Dorr House is the second home visited on the guided public tour. The Clara Barkley Dorr house, built in 1871, is a prime example of post-Civil War construction in Pensacola. Clara Barkley Dorr was the widow of lumber tycoon Eben Walker Dorr. The Dorr House represents an prosperous, Victorian era family in Pensacola.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location

311 S Adams St
Pensacola, FL 32502


The McMillan House is the newest interpreted addition to Historic Pensacola Village's self guided museums. It represents World War II on the Homefront.
McMillan House (1880)

John Appleyard Storytelling Cottage

The newest interpreted self guided house museum in Historic Pensacola Village is the John Appleyard Storytelling Cottage presented by the UWF Historic Trust and the Apple Corps Foundation. This exhibit features Pensacola's storyteller, John Appleyard, and his many stories on Pensacola. This exhibit celebrates his numerous contributions to the community. Mr. Appleyard worked with Cox Communications to record 51 different stories and each of these stories is available as part of the exhibit.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location

213 East Zaragoza St
Pensacola, FL

 

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