Here in Pensacola, we are so fortunate to have people who are committed to preserving our unique history. But when you are the oldest European settlement in the country with more than 450 years’ worth of history to protect, that task can be daunting. Historic Pensacola Village not only preserves our port city’s history, but it also showcases it in a way that is both educational and fun.

While driving east on Zarragossa Street in Downtown Pensacola, you may notice that as soon as you cross Tarragona Street, it's like you are driving back in time. That's because you have officially entered Historic Pensacola Village - where it's perfectly normal to see a man in colonial costume carving the better part of a musket, or a costumed woman cooking over a fire.

The village covers about 8.5 acres with 28 properties that range in architectural style from Greek Revival to Folk Victorian. One of the beautiful things about the Village is that truly spotlights the diversity of Pensacola’s 450+ years, all in a few square blocks. Eleven of the properties are open to tour groups, and guided tours are offered several times a day.

Pensacola Museum of History 

The Pensacola Museum of History, Historic Pensacola's flagship museum, is housed in the three-story Mediterranean Revival architecture of the former Pensacola City Hall and was built in 1907. The first floor takes guests through a timeline of Pensacola's history since 1559 and features Don Tristan DeLuna's famous ship anchor, artifacts, and more. The second floor features the popular Trader Jon's exhibit, a remake of the popular 1990's bar on Palafox Street as well as other rotating exhibits. 

 

Old Christ Church

Completed in 1832, Old Christ Church is the oldest surviving church buildings on its original foundation in Florida, serving the Pensacola community as an Episcopal Church, public library, and museum. The building was also occupied by federal troops during the Civil War. Today, it is a popular stop on the Historic Pensacola guided tour and continues to serve the public as a museum, special events venue, and meeting hall as well as hosting weddings.

 

Pensacola Museum of Art 

In 1906 the City of Pensacola made plans to construct a two-story building to house the City Jail, City Courthouse, Police Department, and Shore Patrol. Built in Spanish Revival Style, it was the first permanent jail in the community. The jail served the community for four decades until the needs of a growing population outgrew the 12,000-square-foot structure. When the City of Pensacola replaced the City Jail in 1954, the Pensacola Art Association sought to secure the building.  To date, the Pensacola Museum of Art features two floors of exhibits and hosts events, education classes, and more. 

 

Voices of Pensacola

Opened in 2014, this multicultural center highlights the diversity of the city through dynamic exhibits representative of the cultural groups that have shaped Pensacola history. On the second floor is the Hilton-Green Research Room, which houses a vast variety of documents, maps and photographs.

 

Explore More in Historic Pensacola Village

At nearly 30 properties, there is something for everyone in the Pensacola Historic Village. Explore the individual homes available for tour, museums, and more when you visit the village. The village offers a unified admission ticket that gets you into the majority of the properties and is good for seven days.