Pensacola Museum of History

Pensacola Museum of History

330 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 - United States





The Pensacola Museum of History is housed in the 1902 Spanish Revival former City Hall. The museum houses three floors of exhibit space displaying Pensacola’s rich heritage. The first floor, Pensacola: City of Five Flags, provides an overview of Pensacola’s long history from pre-contact to modern times. Suddenly American: A Meeting of Heritage and Country looks at the transition of Florida from Spanish territory to American region, which formally occurred in 1821.


The first floor displays the City of Five Flags exhibit highlighting Pensacola's history as the city of five flags as well as the archaeology and historic preservation that is so important to our city. The second floor galleries include: Queering Spaces: Celebrating Pensacola's LGBTQ+ Community ; Cotton Fields to Congress: The Life and Career of Earl Hutto; Greetings from Pensacola; 9/11 remembered; The Story of Us: From Curiosity Cabinets to Modern Museums, and in the large central gallery, Trader Jon's. Trader Jon's was one of Pensacola's top tourist destinations for decades (1953-2003) made popular by the eccentric Martin "Trader Jon" Weissman. It was a safe haven where young flight students, military personnel, astronauts, movie stars, politicians and local characters could all enjoy a cold drink and the chance to catch Trader in matching socks. The beloved Pensacola establishment was featured in the film "An Officer and a Gentleman" as the bar TJs. The third floor gallery will be closed for the installation of 2000 Men: Black Politicians and Reconstruction, which will open in October 2021.

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