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“Pleasantly surprised, would visit again”

St. Petersburg Museum of History
Ranked #37 of 134 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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 Sunshine City Gallery to learn the history of St. Petersburg – from pioneers and trains to World War II and World Famous Webb’s City. Don’t miss the Flight One Gallery, detailing the birth of commercial aviation right here in St. Petersburg, and see the first passenger aircraft that flew across the bay to Tampa – a trip that used to take hours before the W. Howard Frankland and Gandy bridges were built. The world's largest collection of signed baseballs was donated by local resident Dennis Schrader. The permanent exhibit features original documents, story boards and video screens connecting America’s national pastime with historical events from the region and around the world. Visit St. Petersburg’s oldest resident – an authentic 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy as well as a replica of King Tut’s Tomb.
Reviewed March 19, 2013

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!

1  Thank mlasp
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is a very small and underfunded museum. Probably good for school students learning about their city. There was a nice collection of WW II posters.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

A nice little spot to spend a rainy day in Florida! Quite informative. Nice to get to know some of the history of the area.

Thank Mary S
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

It's a simple museum....after many trips to St Petersburg, I felt that I should finally go....glad I did but there was not a lot to learn...a few good historic things.

Thank Kaz926
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Museum well kept. Many things about the St. Petersburg area. Had an exhibit on display about WWII the day we were there. Nice artifacts. Staff very helpful and nice. Would go again.

Thank lakegirl523
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