Historic Pensacola

Historic Pensacola


It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying the music and the weather at yesterday’s PSO in the Park concert! We are grateful for everyone who made the event possible, from the talented PSO brass musicians to Historic Pensacola and WUWF.

Join us for our next PSO in the Park, featuring a wind quintet, on Mother’s Day, May 8 at 3 p.m. at Museum Plaza!
The Pensacola Museum of Art Guild will hold its monthly meeting and social at 10am on Tuesday, April 19, at the PMA.
Members and guests are welcome.
The program includes "Adventures in Architecture" with guest speaker Ross Pristera, Historic Pensacola Preservationist.

The PMA Guild promotes membership, provides volunteers, contributes to the knowledge and appreciation of art and supports the growth of the museum. Membership is open to every person in the community who wishes to support the PMA. For more information about PMA Guild membership, please contact
Wilma Steele, [email protected]
We love that of travel.com's list of 10 Things You Should Do in Pensacola, six of them are downtown ❤️ 😃 🥳.

Take a read and let us know what you'd add to this list!



Visit Pensacola Gallery Night Pensacola VISIT FLORIDA Joe Patti's Seafood Pensacola Museum of Art Saenger Theatre Pensacola Blue Wahoos Historic Pensacola Foo Foo Festival U.S. Navy Blue Angels
BRACE recently tabled at the Historic Pensacola Museum of History to share information about disaster resiliency. We had a great time talking with everyone who stopped by!

“A hush harbor in the African-American religious tradition or traditions is basically a place where enslaved people would go in order to be able to enact and participate in their spiritual practices that included a mixture of African and African-American traditions and Christianity at a later period," said Dr. Nzinga Metzger, an associate professor at Florida A&M University with a PhD in cultural anthropology.

Dr. Metzger is the keynote speaker for a public program this Saturday from 4:30-6:30 pm about this secret practice and the history behind it. Last fall, the University of West Florida Historic Trust received a Florida Humanities' "Greater Good: Humanities in Academia" grant to support the public program.

Tap below to learn more details in this wonderful radio interview from WUWF!

Historic Pensacola Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northwest Region

It's Pensacon week and the pop culture convention happens this Friday through Sunday when—you name it, you'll probably see it downtown. For all the details, check out the Pensacon website at www.pensacon.com, or head to the PNJ at https://bit.ly/3BpUHS0.

In addition to the main event at Pensacola Bay Center, these downtown venues (along with others) will be hosting official Pensacola special events: The REX Theatre Pensacola, The Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center, Uwf Historic Trust Bowden Building, Pensacola Cultural Center, Historic Pensacola Museum of Commerce.

Be sure to head to Gallery Night Pensacola this Friday from 5-9pm, when a Pensacon theme will reign and Pensacon will provide the entertainment for the main stage.

And these downtown spots will have their own specials and events for Pensacon as well (check websites and social sites for more information):

O'Riley's Irish Pub Downtown will host a Marvel costume party with live DJ on Saturday, brunch on Saturday and Sunday and bottomless Mimosas Sunday from 10am-2pm.

The 5 Barrel will host a Dungeon Crawl and fantasy tavern with a fire-breathing dragon and live music Saturday evening from several members from the Victrolas.

Odd Colony Brewing Co. "Lord of the Rings" trivia Wednesday, Bilbo's Birthday Party Saturday and a second breakfast brunch on Sunday with MI SU Street Food.

Perfect Plain Brewing Co. will host Star Wars Trivia on Thursday and a "drink and draw" with guest artists from Pensacon, and a "Star Wars" Lego building competition on Saturday.

The Cabaret Pensacola will host drag shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday featuring pop culture themes such as Marvel, DC and Disney.

Play Pensacola has "Matrix" bingo and themed cocktails Wednesday; DJ, signature cups and costumed staff Friday, "Matrix" Pensacon afterparty Saturday and EDM music showcase Sunday.

Bodacious Shops has limited time drinks and a "Princess Brunch" on Sunday with a combination of mimosas for adults and special drinks for kids.

Bodacious Bookstore and Cafe has themed drink specials such as "Very Merry Unbirthday" latte and "Queen of Hearts" mocha.

*This is not a complete list—if we missed your event please post about it in the comments!

Big news: A Taste of History is coming soon to WSRE PBS.

Bigger news: Their production crew was in Historic Pensacola today for the filming of a new episode!

Here's the show host Chef Walter Staib with a few of our favorite Pensacola chefs: Gus Silivos, Blake Rushing and Irv Miller.

One memory we aren't soon to forget: "piloting" a keelboat on Pensacola Bay for the 200th Territorial Bicentennial Celebration in Pensacola!

Historic Pensacola | UWF Department of History
Last but not least, we had a truly amazing holiday bike tour with Ride More Bicycles, Pensacola Bay Brewery, and Historic Pensacola! This is another program that we plan to continue in 2022!
Have you ever wondered about the beautiful wall art scattered around downtown? Some of the works are part of a community initiative by the UWF Historic Trust. This piece on the side of Seville Tower at Palafox and Government depicts a watercolor of the Port of Pensacola ca. 1890 that was painted by Herbert Rudeen.

The original painting was commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Burney M. Henderson, and the ships in the painting are named after Mr. Henderson's wife and two daughters, Elizabeth, Katherine and Jane. The scene is at Pensacola Wharf. The mural was sponsored by Henderson's grandsons, Collier, Burney and Will Merrill.

Mr. Rudeen was a native of Idaho, and resided in Pensacola for 30 years until his death in 1985. He depicted on canvas some of the early historical happenings in the West Florida area, a number of which hang in the Pensacola Historical Museum. He painted "DeLuna's Landing," which was displayed at Rockefeller Center in New York City. He studied art in Paris, France, where he and his wife, Jessie Marie Robinson Rudeen, lived from 1923-1924. Mr. Rudeen was also an illustrator for "Children's Bible Stories" and "Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories."

The other works in this series are located at Voices of Pensacola, Museum of Commerce, Blount Building, Regions Bank, Isis Theatre Building and the Quayside Quarters building located at 700 S. Palafox. You can read all about the POP:Murals project, the artists and the locations here: https://www.historicpensacola.org/popmurals/

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📷: Salz Studio
Still trying to get into a "Christmas Frame of Mind?" Visit the and be sure to vote on your choice for Best of Show!

Open 1pm to 8pm today at the Museum of Commerce in Historic Pensacola downtown. Admission is free.

This tree, sponsored by Gulf Power Company, is designed by Edgar Starling of E.W. Starling Design Haus. Thank you to all of our sponsors and designers for your support of WSRE PBS!

Santa says it's time to head downtown for the WSRE FESTIVAL OF TREES! Join us 4pm-8pm today and 1pm-8pm Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of Commerce in Historic Pensacola.


Historic Pensacola showcases the rich diversity and heritage of America's first settlement. Welcome to more than 450 years of Pensacola history! until 4 p.m. p.m.

Pensacola’s beaches are just the beginning! Come experience history brought to life in Historic Pensacola, located downtown just minutes from Pensacola’s world famous sugar-white beaches and emerald-green waters. Historic Pensacola, which includes the Pensacola Museum of History, the Pensacola Children’s Museum, the Museums of Commerce and Industry, the Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center and


It is time for our 9th Annual Oh My Gosh It is 2 Days Before We Close for the Holidays Sale. All merchandise in the museum stores is 23% off. It is the best time to shop the museum stores. Be a Patron and find all your unique holiday gifts in our museum stores. Museum Store purchases directly support the exhibitions and educational programming of the UWF Historic Trust.

Photos from Historic Pensacola's post 12/20/2022

From the National Weather Service, confidence continues to increase that EXTREMELY COLD conditions are likely by late Thursday night/early Friday morning as an arctic front moves through the region. It is also likely to be very windy over land and over marine areas. Confidence is also growing that low temperatures will likely reach into the teens and 20s late Thursday night / early Friday morning and then persist through Sunday night. Consider alternate plans for any outdoor activities Thursday night through the weekend.

Therefore, Historic Pensacola Village will be closed on Friday, December 23. It will remain closed until Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

The Pensacola Children's Museum, the Pensacola Museum of Art,and the Pensacola Museum of History will be open December 23 (weather dependent), 27, 28, 29, and 30. All museums will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.

Thank you for your support of the museums of the UWF Historic Trust.


Historic Pensacola Village will be closed on Friday, December 23.


is coming to the Pensacola Children’s Museum on Saturday, January 14. Children will learn about making environmentally conscious decisions in the grocery store and at home using the Publix SuperMarket exhibit. Join us from 10-12 on Saturday, January 14,2023.

Photos from Historic Pensacola's post 12/15/2022

It's Thursday and that means Living History in Historic Pensacola Village with our fabulous volunteers!

Stop by and see how they bring Pensacola history to life.

Bootleg Ball 12/14/2022

Don't be a dewdropper. It'll be a sockdollager with plenty of giggle water. Don your glad rags or come as a bull. Get your tickets today.

Translation of 1920s slang: Don't be a slacker. It'll be an event of great importance with plenty of our signature drink. Dress to the nines or come as a police officer. Get your tickets today!

Thanks for sharing our fundraiser, Rick!

Bootleg Ball This year celebrate the troublemakers of the 20s- gangsters, mobsters, politicians, and molls- with the Bootleg Ball: Molls and Mugshots on Friday, January 13, 2023 at the Museum of Commerce, a fundraiser for the University of West Florida Historic Trust.Doors open at 7:00 p.m.Attire: 1920s gangster...


Please note the museums of the UWF Historic Trust will close today at 3:00 due to the threat of severe weather this afternoon.

Photos from Historic Pensacola's post 12/13/2022

It's the holiday season, so our Living History staff and volunteers made Minced Pie on Thursday in the Lavalle Kitchen House. Try your hand with this 1796 recipe.

A historic look at Pensacola’s women’s suffrage movement 12/08/2022

Have you seen the new marker in front of the Pensacola Museum of History? Thanks for sharing WUWF!

A historic look at Pensacola’s women’s suffrage movement A history of Pensacola's equal suffrage movement, the Pensacola Equal Suffrage League, and the fight for the 19th Amendment locally.


We were honored to receive the Civicon award this week for The Best New Addition to Downtown Pensacola. Since its grand opening in 2019, Museum Plaza has become a hub of activity, acting as the backdrop for concerts, weddings, fashion shows, historic reenactments and festivals. During the weekdays, we love to see visitors enjoying picnics on the plaza, playing music on the stage and taking photos with our mural cubes. We are proud to play host to this shared community space and we look forward to the many landmark events that will be held on this space in the future.
Learn more about Museum Plaza: https://bit.ly/3UBfSZf
Book Museum Plaza for your next event: https://bit.ly/3Htqh62

Photos from Historic Pensacola's post 12/06/2022

Have you nabbed your tickets for Bootleg Ball: Molls and Mugshots? It is going to be a roaring good time, all in support of the UWF Historic Trust. Last year's Bootleg Ball: Spirits of the Speakeasy was the shindig of the century and we can't wait to celebrate even bigger in 2023.

Learn more and buy tickets at historicpensacola.org/bootlegball


Can’t fathom another boring holiday this year? No holiday gift ideas? Packs of playing cards. Bottles of gin. Boxes of ci**rs. Tired of sitting around the card table every weekend?

Do something different this year. Give an experience! Give tickets to the Bootleg Ball: Molls and Mugshots this year! It’ll be the bees knees. There will be 1920s libations, food, and dancing.
Get your Bootleg Ball tickets today for !

The Bootleg Ball is an annual fundraiser for the UWF Historic Trust, a 501 C 3 nonprofit. Give the gift of experience this year and support the mission of the UWF Historic Trust. Buy your tickets at historicpensacola.org and help us keep Pensacola history alive.

Bootleg Ball: Molls and Mugshots
Saturday, January 13,2023
Museum of Commerce
7:00 p.m.
Tickets start at $100

Photos from Historic Pensacola's post 11/16/2022

On Monday we were joined by Mayor Grover C. Robinson, IV Martha Dunagin Saunders and Killian O'Donnell from the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites to unveil the first marker on the National Votes for Women Trail in Pensacola. The marker is now a permanent fixture at the Pensacola Museum of History, which served as the former Pensacola City Hall. The building formerly served as Pensacola City Hall and was a meeting place for the Pensacola Equal Suffrage League (ESL) in the early 1900s.

This initiative is generously funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.


See you tomorrow for our November Table Talks with the UWF Historic Trust. Scott Satterwhite will talk about A Punkhouse in the Deep South. Noon at the Voices of Pensacola.


It's a beautiful weekend in Historic Pensacola.
And, another busy Foo Foo Fest weekend with Foo Foo Festival.

Today in Museum Plaza and the Museum of Commerce is the return of Maker Faire with Pensacola Maker Faire.

Tomorrow in Museum Plaza is Jazz for Justice. See jazz.lsnf.org for more information.

There will be street closures around all of our museums on both Saturday and Sunday, which means there will be so much to see and do as you stroll through our museum complex. We love being the heart of events!

Today is also the last day of the 7 Days of Street Art admission thanks to and ACE Pensacola at the Pensacola Museum of Art with the Vandals to Vanguards exhibit.

So much to see and do. And maybe, just maybe, if you look up in the blue skies you might also see a Blue Angel or two during the Blue Angels Homecoming Show with .


In observance of Veterans Day, the Pensacola Museum of History, the Pensacola Museum of Art, the Pensacola Children’s Museum, and Historic Pensacola Village will be closed on Friday, November 11.

Photos from Historic Pensacola's post 11/10/2022

Looking for a spot to host your next holiday party, board meeting or community gathering? Our site in downtown Pensacola hosts some of the best venues in town.
Learn more & book today-- https://www.historicpensacola.org/weddings-gatherings/

Photos from Historic Pensacola's post 11/09/2022

To celebrate the centennial of the passing of the 19th Amendment, the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites and the UWF Historic Trust will unveil the first historic marker in Pensacola on the National Votes for Women Trail. Join us as we dedicate the marker on Monday, November 14 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pensacola Museum of History. The building formerly served as Pensacola City Hall and was a meeting place for the Pensacola Equal Suffrage League (ESL) in the early 1900s.

This initiative is generously funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the federal Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. Join us on Monday for the public dedication event:

Date: Monday, November 14
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Pensacola Museum of History, 330 S. Jefferson St


Don’t miss our next Table Talks with the UWF Historic Trust. Our guest speaker will be Scott Satterwhite, author of A Punkhouse in the Deep South: The Oral History of 309. Join us on Wednesday, November 16 at Noon in the Voices of Pensacola, 117 E. Government St.


The Member Only Hour at the Pensacola Children’s Museum is cancelled this morning. We will open at 10:00.


Kick off Blue Angels Homecoming Week with the Pensacola Children's Museum.

Join us on Tuesday, November 8 at 11:00 for local children's author Angel Stull-James, Author, who will share her Blue Angels inspired children's books, Tuesday Bluesday and Fat Tuesday. Books will be 20% off in the Museum Store for those who attend.


Historic Pensacola Village will be closed this Friday and Saturday for the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival.

The Pensacola Museum of History, the Pensacola Museum of Art, and the Pensacola Children's Museum will be open 10:00-4:00 on Friday and Saturday; and, Noon to 4:00 on Sunday.

Learn more about the 50 years of the GGAF in the new exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Pensacola Museum of History and then experience the Festival for yourself.


If you have Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tour tickets for tonight's sold out final tours of 2022, please check your email or our website for the most updated tour meet locations. We've shifted some tour meet locations this evening.


Friday, October 28 will be the last Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours for 2022. And we are sold out!

Thank you to everyone for your support of this annual fundraiser. It's been a great 32 years of haunting downtown Pensacola. Our volunteers love sharing ghost stories with everyone.

If you have tickets for tomorrow night, be mindful of the Pensacola Opera's Opera after Dark in Museum Plaza. We've had to shift our tour meet locations a wee bit.


A few spaces left at Madame Laurie's table of seven for this Saturday, October 29. Get your tickets today at bit.ly/3f7yQbe


We welcomed a packed house at tonight's artist talk and exhibit opening for Joe Vinson's 'Lost Pensacola' series. Joe shared his process in creating 12 unique poster designs which showcase some of Pensacola's historical lost landmarks. 'Lost Pensacola' is now on view for the public in Voices of Pensacola.


Did you know the Barkley House was a boarding house in the 1930s? Did you know it was home to a few ghosts who liked to cause trouble for one boarder? Learn more on our Seville Spirits Walking Tour during our Annual Haunted House Walking and Trolley tours.


Find out about the ghost who said, “I was murdered, but nobody knows!” on the Seville Spirits Walking Tour this Saturday at 6:30, 7:30 or 8:30. Tickets available on historicpensacola.org.


Only 1 ticket left on the 6:30 and 8:30 Trolley of the Doomed tours tonight. Are you willing to get your ghoul on? Try your luck on our Murder and Mayhem Walking Your. Be spooky on our Seville Spirits Walking Tour. Or learn about Pensacola’s other history on the Adults Only Redlight Walking Tour.


The presence of your company has been requested. Join us for Talking to the Dead: All Hallows’ Eve and the Victorian Seance on Saturday, October 29. Tickets on sale now. Limited to 7 people at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30.


Next week don’t miss our next Table Talks with the UWF Historic Trust. Our guest speaker is Monica Tapper. She will share her book, A Culinary Tour through Alabama History. Join us on Wednesday, October 19 at Noon in the Voices of Pensacola, 117 E. Government St.

Events at Trader Jon's | Historic Pensacola 10/11/2022

Trader Jon's was one of Pensacola's top tourist destinations for decades. Our tribute space, inside the Pensacola Museum of History, can set the stage for your next holiday party, corporate event or get-together. Learn more and rent out Trader Jon's: https://bit.ly/3VjcYtr

Events at Trader Jon's | Historic Pensacola One of Pensacola's top tourist destinations for decades, Trader Jon's was named after infamous owner Martin "Trader Jon" Weissman. Decorated with photos and memorabilia, this space was a safe haven where young flight students, military personnel, astronauts and movie stars rubbed shoulders with loc...


Today at 11:00 a.m. in the Pensacola Children’s Museum, children’s author Anna Whibbs Theriaut will read her local favorites, Goodnight Pensacola and P is for Pelican: The ABCs of Pensacola. We are excited to have her share her stories with us!


The time has come. Our state is once again threatened by the waters that surround us.

If you are seeking shelter from the storm, we welcome you to Pensacola. We are a friend. Our story began in 1559 with a hurricane. We know the fear, the anxiety, the stress of evacuating your home. We welcome you to our city.

Please spend a day in Historic Pensacola. Bring the children to the Pensacola Children’s Museum to learn through play. Stroll through the beauty of Shannon Taggart's photography at the Pensacola Museum of Art. Explore 462 years of history in the Pensacola Museum of History and Historic Pensacola Village. Free admission for Hurricane Ian evacuees. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Sundays, Noon-4:00. Tickets are good for seven days.


Load the family in the car and head to the Pensacola Museum of History for a perfect family Sunday afternoon. Open Noon-4:00.


This Saturday is Smithsonian Magazine's . The Pensacola Museum of Art & the Pensacola Museum of History are once again participating. Free admission to those with a Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Ticket. Grab your ticket at http://bit.ly/3S9oTHQ

Photos from Historic Pensacola's post 09/05/2022

The chalkboard is clear. The ships are at port. The fish are in. The adding machine quiet. It’s Labor Day. A day organized to honor workers. The UWF Historic Trust is closed today in honor of the Labor Day holiday.

Images: Chalkboard used by the Warren Fish Company to keep track of their fishing fleet. The ships would be marked whether they were in or out of port. Attached to old door. Warren Fish Company, April 1889. Bringing in the fish, no date. Monroe Adding machine used by William N. McLean, Secretary and Treasurer of the Warren Fish Company.


9/4 Today in Florida History from the Florida Historical Society!

1948 – The Annual Lipton Cup sailboat race was held in Pensacola Bay on this date. The race was begun in 1920 and used “Fish class” wooden sailboats originally designed by Rathbone DuBuys in New Orleans. The event became very popular in Pensacola. The Pensacola Yacht Club, originally formed in 1908, won the first Lipton Cup Challenge in 1920, and remained a top-level team, even after moving into newer fiberglass designs.


Historic Pensacola is an urban museum complex in the heart of downtown Pensacola. But, we get our fair share of wild animal adventures. Hawks. Squirrels. Lizards. And now an Ocelot, jaguar, or potentially an Andean Mountain Cat, who is parading around as a domesticated Bengal kitty. Have you seen it? Our Archivist captured the image of the cat trying to sneak into the Pensacola Museum of History on Thursday. Perchance to see the Mummified Cat in the Story of Us Exhibit?


We have proof of the massive amount of rain we’ve had in Historic Pensacola and it’s not the swimming pool puddles in Museum Plaza. Our CoCoRaHS Headquarters rain gauge this morning was 3.56”! That measurement is from 8:30 am August 11 to 8:30 am August 12. For comparison, the August 11 measurement was .54.

Rainy weather is perfect museum weather. Come explore 462 years of history in the Pensacola Museum of History. Step foot into the Florida Everglades at the Pensacola Museum of Art with the America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher exhibit. Stop by, stay dry, and explore.

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330 S. Jefferson Street
Pensacola, FL

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

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407 S Jefferson Street
Pensacola, 32502

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