Very good museum if you want to learn the history of St. Pete.
Their website does not do justice to the main part of the museum, which consists of 24 displays chock full of items/artifacts/info. I was really pleasantly surprised at this gallery. There is a brief introductory video followed by such displays as "Plume Trade of Florida", "A Baseball Legacy", "Pioneers of Pinellas", "Industry or Tourism", "Natives of Tampa Bay", and so many more. If the "Webb City" display doesn't stir up some feelings of nostalgia, I don't know what will. There are a few interactive computer screens and an interactive gallery (with some things geared for kids). If you really want to learn about St. Pete history, this part of the museum is fascinating and will take you at least an hour. There is plenty of information to read and a lot of items to look at. And yes, there is a mummy! The signage explains how it came to be there. Hey, just enjoy it for the oddity that it is.
There is also a large gallery for the aviation history, a gallery for the history of the pier, and currently a special exhibit of World War II posters. If you're wondering how posters could be interesting, go see these and come away with a renewed understanding (or remembrance) of that time in history and how it affected everyday Americans. Really a great special exhibit.
Photography is allowed.
Tip: Don't know about 2013, but in years past this museum participated in Smithsonian Day, which is sometime in September. Admission is free on that day IF you print and bring your Smithsonian e-ticket. Just know that the place will be absolutely packed.
I plan to visit again, and I highly recommend this to anyone interested in local history.
One more tip: They now have a permanent exhibit that tells the story of baseball in this area and contains the world's largest collection of autographed baseballs!
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