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“The more things change, the more they remain the same”

St. Petersburg Museum of History
Ranked #48 of 140 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 July 23, 2013

This little museum is fascinating if you give it half a chance. No, there aren't any fancy digital displays here, but if you don't mind reading a few placards (which are charming in an old-fashioned way), you'll learn a lot about St. Petersburg: its history and how that history has led to the problems that St. Petersburg is experiencing now as a city in trouble. From the start, city founders focused almost exclusively on the tourist business, and the same is true today (consider the protracted battle over the Pier vs. the Lens), the result being that the RESIDENTS of the city--and in particular, its poorest residents--have been given short shrift for generations. Did you know that St. Petersburg once had a law on its books prohibiting "Negroes" from living north of Central Avenue? It's true, and it's why so many African Americans today live in South St. Petersburg, which has been classified as a "food desert," meaning that it lacks nearby grocery stores with fresh produce (Sweetbay turned out to be a short-lived solution to a long-term problem). I lived in downtown St. Petersburg for eight years before I finally came to this little museum (NOTE TO STAFF: there was nobody at the front desk when I arrived, and after waiting quite a long time, I just walked into the museum exhibits), and it answered a lot of the questions that I had about why St. Petersburg cares so little for most of the people who actually live there--with the exception, naturally, of those who can afford million dollar condominiums (vacation homes, for the most part, that sit empty nine months of the year) on Beach Drive. NOTE: Though there isn't any food available for purchase at the museum, on the day that I visited, there was a hot dog stand just a few yards away with a vendor who told me that he would never live anywhere but St. Petersburg.

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Reviewed June 29, 2013

This museum does not have much to hold your interest for very long for most visitors. Almost all displays have only printed notes. Not visually stimulating or unique. Surrounding views are the best part. Not a lot of parking spaces. For $12 admission, save your $.

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

I didn't realise how many early aviators used this area of Florida, and the exhibit about the early pioneers was fascinating. Loved the WW2 display. Not sure about the mummy- would be nice to get some proper assessment carried out on her....

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Reviewed May 15, 2013

All I can say is I am glad I had a Groupon for this facility. I enjoy museums but am not the type to read each and every description and to be honest what is on display here are your average items relating to the growth of an area.

The two exceptions for me are the history of aviation in this area and the history of the Pier. I for one hope they do not build the Lens and demolish the Pier.

I thought the admission price was well above what it should be given the display of average items like a pie safe and dresses.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Not quiet as good as previous visits.Some items missing. Paintings and the photograph room. For me as fallen a notch, maybe even two. To me still interesting, but no longer a five. Great location.

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