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TT Wentworth Museum to re-open after renovations
DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA -- On Tuesday at 10am, the T.T. Wentworth Museum will reopen it's doors after being closed for several months to make some improvements. The museum was in need of a makeover. The old display had been in place since 2002.
Robert Overton, Chief Operating Officer for West Florida History Preservation says, "The first floor had been considered a permanent exhibit. In the museum world a permanent exhibit is 10 years. It had passed its 10 year mark. We had tried to secure grant funding from other sources and it just didn't work out. And exhibit work is expensive."
Enter a $500,000 grant, part of the BP settlement money, to make improvements in the building, lighting, and technology.
The museum is named after Theodore Thomas Wentworth, Jr., A lifelong Pensacola resident, bicycle shop owner, county commissioner and huge collector.
"And the city donated this building, the old City Hall, to our organization to make it into the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum," Overton remembers. "Mr. Wentworth's collection of over 150,000 artifacts is still the largest private collection ever donated to the State of Florida."
About 50,000 visitors come through the halls every year, which are the buildings' original floors, by the way. Overton hopes the improvements will bring even more people in.
"We feel ourselves the museum for the community. We're the local community's museum where the local citizens come in and appreciate their history. They can bring their family and friends who come in from out of town in and show them the history of this area and be proud of it."
A local treasure rich with history. And the best part is admission is free, so stop by and take a look.