St. Petersburg Museum of History

St. Petersburg Museum of History

St. Petersburg Museum of History
3.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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For nearly a century, the St. Petersburg Museum of History has shared the stories of the Sunshine City with visitors and residents alike. Stroll through the the history of St. Petersburg – from pioneers and trains to World War II and World Famous Webb’s City. Explore our Flight One Gallery, detailing the birth of commercial aviation right here in St. Petersburg. You'll see the first passenger aircraft that flew across the bay to Tampa for the inaugural commercial flight. Discover the birth of spring training while you browse Schrader's Little Cooperstown - the World's Largest Collection of Autographed Baseballs - on loan from local resident, Dennis Schrader. Visit St. Petersburg’s oldest resident – an authentic 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy - and uncover the strange tale about how she arrived here. The Museum's Main Gallery hosts traveling exhibits that rotate periodically and feature a range of topics from Seminole Indians to shipwreck treasures to Florida oddities.
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Katherine C
New York City, NY2 contributions
Feb 2021 • Solo
Unfortunately I would recommend skipping this museum. It has 2 small rooms about local history, a room of oddities, and 2 rooms with the world's largest collection of autographed baseballs. I enjoyed the collection of local maps, but the rest of the collection feels a bit sparse. I'd recommend going to the Tampa Bay History Center instead to get your history fixings - that one is far more comprehensive (I spent 5 hours there over the course of 2 days vs barely an hour here) and also less expensive.
Written February 7, 2021
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Nickolaus Pacione
St. Petersburg, FL1 contribution
May 2021
They can do a bit more with this; I spent about 45 minutes in there and some of the exhibits would help two of the contacts who live in the Tampa area and a classmate who also relocated around Joliet, Illinois, An anonymous contributor via Draft2Digital did a report about the Midtown 1996 riots according to one website these riot narratives weren't as nationalized as Chicago Celebration Riots in 1991 [these came from stray bullets from celebratory gunfire.] and Los Angeles 1992.

I was in college at the time these played up, the director knew one of my contacts and the thing we both raised a question of why Green Bench Monthlty's editors and Keep St. Pete Lit directors give this publisher a blind eye. D'Ann White from Pinellas Beaches Patch we're getting her ready to work with my cousin and classmate so this would be something that will help the three of them work on this I demonstrated for them how to mimic the scroll that Kerouac did with Google Docs [though with the way that would pull this off as a short story was not tape the manuscript together but the one who would be curious to trying to do the shorter story that size would be D'Ann White.]
Written September 18, 2021
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DJKtravels
Winter Garden, FL131 contributions
Jul 2022
We always love visiting local museums to learn the history of the area we are visiting. We really enjoyed their exhibit of "Building the Sunshine City" giving the history of St. Petersburg. The photographs in this display are extraordinary. There was also a newly renovated exhibit of the growth of the piers in St. Petersburg. And we did lose ourselves in their largest collection of autographed baseballs. The background and salutes to the Negro Leagues and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League were very informative and interesting.
Written July 18, 2022
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Joy M
Gulfport, FL710 contributions
Jul 2021
There are so many wonderful museums and other things to do in St. Pete, this one is a waste of time and $15. It's small and many of the wall hangings to not have explanations. There's a creepy odditorium and a lot of signed baseballs. I found the gift shop to be the most interesting part of the museum.
Written October 9, 2021
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Rachel W
4 contributions
Sep 2020
We were kind of let down by this. It was pretty pricey to get in, and it only took us 30 minutes to get through. There was not a lot of information to read except in two areas. If you like baseball, like a lot, you might like this as there are 2 rooms dedicated to it; however we did not enjoy this part of it as we are not huge fans of baseball.
Written October 2, 2020
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Diane K
Venice, FL3,827 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We spent an hour at the museum. I didn’t think it was very well organized. There were many posters for you to read and random objects displayed. Some of the objects were things that had just happened to be used in St Pete. At the end there’s the world’s largest collection of autographed baseballs that has been donated to the museum.
Written July 9, 2021
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Lisa B
Texas1,235 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
St. Petersburg Museum of History is similar to a regional museum. It covers marine life: fishing, turtles, boats, swimwear history, casting, etc. There’s craftsmanship and pleasure amidst the hard work on the water.

There’s a room with an antique record player, camera, clock, bicycle etc. I found the one cabinet post office to be very interesting!

There’s a room with oddities like a two headed calf. There’s an Egyptian like coffin and it’s mummified occupant. (If you have small children, it’s easy to turn them away from the small mummy, so you don’t have to fear them seeing it and being afraid.)

They have a replica airplane similar to Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis. I cannot remember the name of the plane, but it’s history is fascinating and tied to the area.

They have the largest baseball collection and hold the Guinness book of world records for their collection. I was surprised to see baseballs signed by US Presidents.

The staff was very friendly and the receptionist went above and beyond the call of duty to answer a question I had about one of the pictures on the wall. And she gave us a map of the area which was very helpful.

It was a pleasant visit and we are glad we stopped by and learned some of St. Petersburg’s history through this museum.
Written February 20, 2020
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Thank you for visiting the St. Petersburg Museum of History and taking the time to share your experience. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed our museum! We encourage you to visit us again following the completion of our renovation and expansion project in fall of 2021 to experience even more exciting exhibits. With the addition of a second floor gallery space dedicated solely to sharing the stories of local St. Petersburg and Florida history, we'll be able to offer a Florida history experience that is educational, interactive, and fun! When we launch our beautifully re-imagined museum next year, we hope to see you again to experience the full splendor of our local history.
Written February 23, 2020
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HonestLady60
HonestLady6020 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This museum is a small gem in the heart of downtown Saint Petersburg. It is located on the water near a very cute café. It takes a little searching for because it’s near the construction area – however, It is worth a visit.
We would especially suggest taking the docent tour. The volunteer historian who took us on a tour gave us an amazing historical look at the development of Saint Petersburg, the growth and changes in the fishing industry, and the importance of preservation of resources.
The displays reflect the many sides of Saint Pete – the Indian Founding, the 1850s development of the city, and the excitement of baseball. It is obvious that these folks are proud of their heritage. call ahead to see what times to do some tours are that day.
Hint: buy your ticket there so that they get 100% of the ticket money. If you get your ticket through Groupon, the museum itself gets very little of the money.)
Written February 20, 2020
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Thank you for visiting the St. Petersburg Museum of History and taking the time to share your experience. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed our museum! We encourage you to visit us again following the completion of our renovation and expansion project in fall of 2021 to experience even more exciting exhibits. With the addition of a second floor gallery space dedicated solely to sharing the stories of local St. Petersburg and Florida history, we'll be able to offer a Florida history experience that is educational, interactive, and fun! When we launch our beautifully re-imagined museum next year, we hope to see you again to experience the full splendor of our local history.
Written February 23, 2020
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Paul R
Orlando, FL237 contributions
Jul 2020
I do not like leaving poor reviews but in this case, the St. Petersburg Museum of History deserves one. I was excited to go as I love Florida History. I found it very small and lacking in exhibits. What exhibits it did have were average at best nothing really caught my interest and many of the descriptions of the exhibits were poor and lacking any quality information. I really wanted this to be a good experience but was sadly disappointed.
There are far better museums in the city this you can skip this one. If you want history go to the Tampa History Museum.
Written August 3, 2020
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387indy
Coral Springs, FL4,762 contributions
Aug 2021
A prime location on the base of St Pete pier, its newly renovated. It has facts about the birth of "Sunshine City", and facts about the history of aviation. The Odditorium exhibit has a two headed calf & an Egyptian mummy. They have 'Schrader's Little Cooperstown', the Guinness certified largest collection of baseballs.
Written August 4, 2021
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