This beautiful building has a deep history in the city of Pensacola. Located across from the popular Plaza Ferdinand VII, it boasts its elegant presence overlooking Jefferson Street. Today the museum serves as the official home of the T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum, but in its years past it also was the location of Pensacola’s City Hall!
Built in 1907, this building was once the site of Pensacola’s City Hall until 1985. Although the creation of the T.T. Wentworth Jr. Museum was initiated long before that.
In the Pensacola suburb of Ensley in 1957, T.T. Wentworth, a local politician, businessman and artifact collector started a display of his pieces in a roadside stand. Over the next several decades his collection grew and finally in the 1980s he agreed to donate his artifacts to the city of Pensacola. The condition of his donation was dependent on the fact that the city would need an adequate space to store the pieces.
Following the movement of Pensacola City Hall from this building to a new location a few blocks west it was decided that Wentworth’s artifacts would be moved into this facility. The old city hall went under a renovation from the graciousness of a state grant to prepare it for its new purpose. In 1988 the museum was opened to the public.
Inside the museum features not only T.T. Wentworth’s collection but also added over the years include a science center for children, artifacts from life in the Florida Panhandle and an exhibit on hurricanes that have hit the area.
For more information about hours and admission please visit http://www.historicpensacola.org/plan-your-visit/museums-properties/tt-wentworth-museum/.
Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’!