St. Petersburg Museum of History

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St. Petersburg Museum of History

St. Petersburg Museum of History
3.5
Art Museums • History Museums
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
About
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, NY1 contribution
Some nice history but small and a bit random
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ160,145 contributions
An Interesting Museum - But Lots of Construction
Mar 2020
An Interesting Museum - But Lots of Construction

In March, we were in St Petersburg for several days of meetings for my wife. During most of the days, I was solo, so explored much around our hotel, the Renaissance Vinoy. Armed with an area map, I just set out for long strolls, usually with no destination in mind. It was on one such stroll, that I ventured to the New St. Pete Pier, which was still a work in progress. This piece of land separates the North Yacht Basin from the Middle Yacht Basin, and near its base, lies the St. Petersburg Museum of History.

Now, it is an attractive building, with a few historic structures near-by, but with all of the construction, sidewalks were closed, and detours necessary, but the museum was well-worth the effort.

While small, it is full of historic memorabilia, from the area. Maybe because I am not really a baseball fan, but I was astounded at the role that baseball played in the history of St. Petersburg. But there was more - so very much more.

On this beautiful weekday, there were few at the museum, but there was one group of school children, obviously on a field trip. I am not sure how they got to the museum, as much of the parking, and many of the access roads appeared closed. Maybe the bus parked away from the museum, and they walked?

In all, I spent a good hour in the museum, and enjoyed it.

Note: when I was there, the little restaurant close by, was closed. I do not know if that was maybe a seasonal thing - being in March, or was due to the construction?
Written October 7, 2020
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Rachel W
4 contributions
It was ok
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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Paul R
Orlando, FL237 contributions
Small with poor exhibits feel free to skip this one
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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Frede Bu
4 contributions
Fascinating place to visit
Jun 2019
I was amazed at the vast scope of material found here. A full scale replica of the Benoist XIV is now on display at the Museum. It carried a passenger on the first commercial airplane flight in the USA. The engine that powered that plane--a Roberts inline 6 cylinder 100HP engine is on display there. One of only 2 existing. 4,800 autographed baseballs. Filmed interviews of war veterans. Historical objects and artifacts of St. Petersburg. An archival library. Stories of the Tampa Bay rays.
Written May 14, 2020
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AaronFWA
788 contributions
Funky but interesting
Mar 2020
A bit overpriced for what it was...but we found it fascinating neveetheless...an old school old style museum
Written March 8, 2020
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HonestLady60
HonestLady6017 contributions
St. Pete—Local History and Culture Experts
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.
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Lisa B
Texas1,233 contributions
Marine Life and Baseball
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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.
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anner0ck
Boston, MA105 contributions
Fun visit but very small
Jan 2020
Nice local exhibits but a very small museum. Friendly staff. Good baseball collection. Just......small.
Written January 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alan Z
Tampa, FL1,452 contributions
Many Interesting Exhibits of Local History, Albeit in a Small Museum that will Expanding Soon!!!
Dec 2019
The museum touches on a lot of early history in the area. First commercial airline flight in the USA, Doc Webb's World's Largest and Most Unusual Drug Store at one time, fishing history, a Egyptian mummy that came to St. Pete, the world largest baseball collection, military history in the area and so much more. Unfortunately, the overall museum is small that when first built almost 100 years ago, was the first and largest museum in the area. At the present time there is a lot of construction going on in the area that hides this museum behide metal fences. I bet most people do no know it's even open, The museum itself will be going through renovations in 2020 to increase there size and hopefully will be adding more material to the present exhibits. They do have a construction special pricing of $6.00 during this period if you ask for that price when you enter.
Written December 12, 2019
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Alan, 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.
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