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“A children's museum only by the loosest translation” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Pensacola Children's Museum

Pensacola Children's Museum
115 East Zaragoza Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
+(1)8505951559
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Ranked #22 of 40 Attractions in Pensacola
Type: Museums
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Owner description: The Pensacola Children's Museum is an interactive, hands-on children's museum for ages up to 11. The first floor Discovery Gallery is geared for younger children to explore Pensacola's 450 years of history. The second floor exhibits themes in Pensacola history for older children. Programming is constantly being updated.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
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“A children's museum only by the loosest translation”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We went with a 3year old and a 6 year old, it was 3 dollars a person to get in, which is cheap, it still wasn't worth it. There was a story time that the kids sat through and got cookies afterwords. The bottom floor has a few little exhibits, a house, a boat, a market, and a fort, there are some fake foods and a few fake wooden tools, as well as some wooden guns to play with. The kiddie corral for kids under 3 made me laugh out loud, it was an area about 3 feet wide by 5 feet long with a foot high picket fence around it and some Melissa and Doug animal puzzles strewn around. There is an elevator to the second floor, which is where you are greeted by a sign saying not to make noise, which would be understandable for maybe an art museum, but not a kids museum. I also liked the arrows pointing the way to different exhibits, the one that said Indians, had a computer printed sign taped over it saying "native Americans" Classy. Another favorite was an old map that they had helpfully outlined areas with colored tape to show where the "blacks" had lived in the days of yore. The top floor is not kid friendly and has little of interest to children. It seems like they put clunky handmade wooden toys in each room of a museum that was once geared towards adults. The outcome was that my wife, myself and in-laws were nonplussed, my children managed to have fun, just like kids will.

Visited March 2014
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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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“Fun Local Experience for the Very Young!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

With the young (preschooler) in mind, it would be a playful experience to learn about early P'cola history, experience hands-on daily life of the settlers and adults to understand why the area is known as the City of Five Flags. There are many old photographs upstairs, which tell the history of Pensacola as the first settlement of North America by the Spanish, French and English...

Visited December 2013
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“Newly Renovated!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

This is obviously designed with Children at heart, but I seem to enjoy the historical aspects of this much more than the kids!

The new exhibits are a fresh and much needed update.

Visited July 2013
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Pensacola, Florida
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“Small but decent”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We visited on the Sam's Free Wednesday. While it was a little packed with little ones, the museum had enough to keep the kids busy for a few minutes. This is a good place to go if you want to get your little one's out the house. My toddlers were able to walk around both levels and take in the sites. We will return to the museum on a less crowded day.

Visited August 2013
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Arlington, Texas
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“Good time to spend on history of area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

The bottom floor is a play area for kids. The second floor more exhibits with some hands on. I would say it is more fitted for younger kids rather than 10 or older.

Visited July 2013
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