T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum, Pensacola

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The T. T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum is a museum of history located at 330 Jefferson Street in the Plaza Ferdinand VII in Pensacola, Florida. It is part of the Historic Pensacola Village museum complex. The building, reminiscent of the Alamo mission style, was built in 1907 as the Pensacola City Hall and served as such until 1985 when the present city hall was built at 180 Governmental Center, also known as 222 West Main Street. In 1989, the building was listed as the Pensacola City Hall in A Guide to Florida's Historic Architecture, published by the University of Florida Press.HistoryWentworth opened his first museum as a roadside stand in the suburb of Ensley in 1957, and continued to collect items of interest. His curiosity spanned a wide range of materials. In the 1980s, Wentworth said he would donate his entire collection to the city if it provided a permanent location in Pensacola. A state grant was signed by Governor Bob Martinez to enable the city to renovate the former city hall for this purpose, as the city had completed a new facility in 1985.The museum was officially opened in 1988. One floor is dedicated to Wentworth's eccentric collections, which include a mummified cat, among other items. The other two floors illustrate and interpret life in the Florida Panhandle over the centuries; some of the artifacts are from Wentworth's collection. The other floors house a science interactive museum for children.
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  • Great three story museum that includes admission to several attractions just a fee blocks away. Check out the bar on the second floor.  more »
  • We did a quick stop to see the memorabilia of Pensacola. The displays were good and the building itself was outstanding (a former mansion). As we were in town for the Mardi Gras parade, it was nice...  more »
  • Small but very nice museum. Interesting displays. One ticket gets you into several different building each themed to a particular era/industry. A good way to see the historical side of Pensacola.
  • Very clean, appealing visually, African American historical building was pretty awesome.... these museums are one of my favorite things to do in Pensacola!

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