Being 90 the museum itself is an exhibit of history. The St. Petersburg Museum of History is the home for the cities archives. Join us as we tell the story of St. Petes founding from the Orange Belt Railroad to the Womens Town Improvement League, the first commercial flight to inaugural season of the Rays.
VISION: Challenge, Change, and Continuity
Our “VISION” exhibit tells the story of St. Petersburg and lower Pinellas starting with our Native American peoples through the modern era. The exhibit includes hundreds of historic photos and artifacts including a cannon ball fired by Union sailors, a Megalethoscope (a predecessor of modern motion picture projectors), and replicas of the early Williams Park band shell bonnet and a parlor car from the Orange Belt Railway.
The World’s First Commercial Airline
Get up close to Aviation History! Our signature exhibit traces the story of commercial aviation from its inception in St. Petersburg on January 1, 1914. The World’s First Airline Gallery proudly features a full-size working replica of the Benoist Airboat, which propelled Tony Jannus into commercial aviation history.
The World’s largest collection of autographed baseballs tells the history of the world.
The museum can be different every time you visit. We have galleries of temporary exhibits that rotate out every year.
An extensive photo collection from the Museum’s Archives traces St. Petersburg piers from railroad tracks through raging winds to the present day.