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New exhibition opens this weekend in downtown Pensacola

University of West Florida

A new exhibit is coming to one of downtown Pensacola’s most popular museums.

The University of West Florida Historic Trust is unveiling “From The Vault: Why and What we Collect,” a new exhibition opening Saturday, June 3 at the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum. The exhibit, consisting of more than 120 artifacts, showcases some of the historical, strange, beautiful and fascinating pieces from the UWF Historic Trust collection.


“We all collect, for many reasons including pure enjoyment, nostalgia for the past and to create a legacy, a gift to the future,” said Wanda Edwards, chief curator for the UWF Historic Trust. “Whatever the reason, our collections are an extension of who we are.”

A model of the Gulf Breeze UFO home. (UWF/Special to The Pulse)

Visitors will explore collecting by individuals, community organizations and museums through areas highlighting T. T. Wentworth Jr., the Pensacola Historical Society and the UWF Historic Trust. Visitors will also learn more about artifacts with compelling stories, including the iconic Gulf Breeze UFO model. A special “What is It?” area will engage visitors by challenging them to identify unusual objects form the collection.

The T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.