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Though this city’s name was decided on a coin toss, chance has nothing to do with today’s Groupon side deal. Call it luck: $25 for a normally $50 2010 family membership to the St. Petersburg Museum of History. But the bang isn’t all in the buck, because membership comes with perks like party, reception and preview invitations for you and a guest, discounts to special events and workshops, newsletters featuring activity-clogged calendars, 10% off in the museum store, and access to the archival library, which holds over 32,000 artifacts. Mention Groupon and they’ll thrown in a 40-foot pirate ship.
Learn more about Florida than cocktail names and synonyms for sunny weather by strolling among the museum’s collection of pinewoods-smoked Americana. See the West Central Florida history of the Girl Scouts (who knew Scouts could earn badges in knifefighting?) and admire the paintings of African-American artists collectively called the "Florida Highwaymen" who captured in vivid oil what was then Florida’s natural splendor (now known as Disney World). The museum’s bold vision is evidenced by its patent refusal to host an exhibit on the munificent orange, this state’s official color, bird, and Congresscitrus from the tenth district.
What the recently renovated museum lacks in four-hour lines and cutting-edge spinning teacup technology, it makes up for in the downtown waterfront location and the crack tour-guiding staff. Buy in now before history passes you by in go-kart.
After visiting the St. Petersburg Museum of History, most people begin searching for new land to establish a town on just so they can open their own history museum, and since planting flags is so time-consuming, they haven't really gotten around to writing reviews. However, the museum received four stars from one TripAdvisor—which also lists it as the #7 attraction in St. Petersburg—a shout-out from a historical Facebook fan, and is listed on 10Best as one of the top 10 attractions and activities in St. Petersburg:
- Exhibits recollect Native American settlements, the nation's first commercial aircraft, period costume through the years, and even the ways the area was represented in souvenirs and early pop culture. A mummy, a trolley car, and other artifacts that have provided the area with its unmistakable character are also available for browsing and marveling at. – 10Best
- Loved my visit there on Saturday!! – Dwntwnstpete Photoblog, Facebook
St. Petersburg Museum of History
Since 1922, St. Petersburg Museum of History has preserved and presented the heritage of St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Peninsula. Guests can experience the area’s history from pioneer times to the present day, including the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors and the search for the Fountain of Youth. Elsewhere, the World's First Commercial Airline Gallery charts commercial aviation history with a full-size working replica of the world's first commercial airliner, Schrader's Little Cooperstown features the world's largest collection of autographed baseballs. and guests can take a selfie with a 3,000 year old Egyptian mummy. Visitors looking to delve deeper into the past can explore artifacts in the museum archives or partake in one of its educational programs such as tours, community classes, and camps.
335 2nd Avenue Northeast
St Petersburg, Florida 33701Get Directions