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Our sugar-white beaches and turquoise water have inspired artists since the first settlers arrived more than four centuries ago. Art museums, performing artists, hands-on-creative options, and a solid collection of street art make it easy to channel an artistic spirit.

Performing Arts

  • Ballet Pensacola 

    400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Details | www.balletpensacola.org | 850.432.9546

    Presenting a varied repertoire of classical and contemporary works, the company is the area’s only resident professional ballet company. Founded in 1978, it is comprised of professional dancers from around the world and talented student dancers. Through its Academy specially trained artistic staff and faculty provide dance education to about 300 students each year.

  • Pensacola Little Theatre 

    400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Details | www.pensacolalittletheatre.com | 850.432.2042 

    As the oldest continually operating community theater in the Southeastern United States, the Pensacola Little Theatre has provided live theatrical events for nearly 80 years. PLT’s educational offerings include after-school classes and weekend classes for adults. Half-day camps are also offered each summer. The Lab Rats Junior Improv Troupe trains teens in the classics and improvisation.

  • Pensacola Opera 

    75 South Tarragona Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Details | www.pensacolaopera.com | 850.433.6737 

    In 1983 a small group of people interested in opera decided that Pensacola could mine our rich local talent to produce quality opera. Now, almost 40 seasons later, Pensacola Opera continues to enrich Northwest Florida by producing professional opera performances, educational programs, and other opera-related community events.

  • Pensacola Symphony Orchestra 

    205 Zaragoza Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Details | www.pensacolasymphony.com | 850.435.2533 

    Instrumental music performances and music study clubs began to appear in Pensacola during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Those early in-home musical gatherings gave rise to the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. For more than 90 seasons the PSO has enhanced the wellbeing of the Pensacola Bay Area through excellence in live symphonic music.

  • Saenger Theatre 

    118 South Palafox Place, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Details | www.pensacolasaenger.com | 850.595.3800

    Opened in 1925, its Spanish Baroque architecture, in opulent Rococo style took nearly thirteen months to complete. In the early years this Grand Dame of Palafox hosted a colorful array of Vaudeville-type road shows, Broadway plays, and silent screen classics. In 1975 the aging edifice closed its doors. In 1981 the Saenger was restored and returned to its standing as a center for the performing arts. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Sites.

Museums & Interactive Learning

  • Anna Lamar Switzer Gallery 

    1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504
    Details | www.visualarts.pensacolastate.edu | 850.484.2550

    The Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, located at Pensacola State College, provides an annual schedule of changing exhibitions, visiting artists, and events. The Switzer Center Gallery, a teaching gallery, provides a catalyst for creativity by providing the best examples of contemporary art for students that relate to studio endeavors. 

  • First City Art Center 

    1060 N. Guillemard Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
    Details | www.firstcityart.org | 850.595.5985

    This working art center engages the community through a broad range of workshops, classes, gallery shows, community events, outreach and field-trip programs. FCAC is an artistic "hatchery" for many forms of art creation. The Center provides opportunities for people to create through glassblowing, glass bead making, clay sculpting, pottery on the wheel, hand-built pottery, drawing, painting, and with a continued emphasis on expanding offerings.

  • The Art Gallery at University of West Florida 

    11000 University Parkway, Bldg. 82, Pensacola, FL 32514
    Details | www.uwf.edu | 850.474.2045

    The Art Gallery (TAG) at the University of West Florida seeks to challenge, stimulate, and engage students and the greater public through direct interaction with works of contemporary art. Its annual series of revolving exhibitions highlights innovative regional, national, and international artists and artwork. These exhibitions seek to promote contemporary critical thinking and cultural inspiration. 

  • Voices of Pensacola 

    117 E. Government St., Pensacola, Florida 32502
    Details | www.historicpensacola.org | 850.595.5840

    Opened in 2014, this multicultural center highlights the city's diversity through dynamic exhibits representing the cultural groups that have shaped Pensacola history. Visitors to the Voices of Pensacola can watch and listen to videos of individuals telling their unique Pensacola story. The space also includes an oral history recording room where additional stories can be recorded and archived. On the second floor is the Hilton-Green Research Room, which houses a vast variety of documents, maps and photographs.

  • Pensacola Museum of Art 

    407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Details | www.pensacolamuseum.org | 850.432.6247

    Over the past 63 years, this museum has presented hundreds of exhibitions and thousands of educational opportunities, becoming the foundation for the visual arts in our community. The museum also tailors visual arts education to each age group - offering a variety of art experiences including drawing, painting, clay, collage, found object art, art history and much more. Freedom of expression is encouraged as students learn art techniques, problem-solving, and the elements and principals of art and design.

Performing Arts

  • Ballet Pensacola 

    400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Details | www.balletpensacola.org | 850.432.9546

    Presenting a varied repertoire of classical and contemporary works, the company is the area’s only resident professional ballet company. Founded in 1978, it is comprised of professional dancers from around the world and talented student dancers. Through its Academy specially trained artistic staff and faculty provide dance education to about 300 students each year.

  • Pensacola Little Theatre 

    400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Details | www.pensacolalittletheatre.com | 850.432.2042 

    As the oldest continually operating community theater in the Southeastern United States, the Pensacola Little Theatre has provided live theatrical events for nearly 80 years. PLT’s educational offerings include after-school classes and weekend classes for adults. Half-day camps are also offered each summer. The Lab Rats Junior Improv Troupe trains teens in the classics and improvisation.

  • Pensacola Opera 

    75 South Tarragona Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Details | www.pensacolaopera.com | 850.433.6737 

    In 1983 a small group of people interested in opera decided that Pensacola could mine our rich local talent to produce quality opera. Now, almost 40 seasons later, Pensacola Opera continues to enrich Northwest Florida by producing professional opera performances, educational programs, and other opera-related community events.

  • Pensacola Symphony Orchestra 

    205 Zaragoza Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Details | www.pensacolasymphony.com | 850.435.2533 

    Instrumental music performances and music study clubs began to appear in Pensacola during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Those early in-home musical gatherings gave rise to the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. For more than 90 seasons the PSO has enhanced the wellbeing of the Pensacola Bay Area through excellence in live symphonic music.

  • Saenger Theatre 

    118 South Palafox Place, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Details | www.pensacolasaenger.com | 850.595.3800

    Opened in 1925, its Spanish Baroque architecture, in opulent Rococo style took nearly thirteen months to complete. In the early years this Grand Dame of Palafox hosted a colorful array of Vaudeville-type road shows, Broadway plays, and silent screen classics. In 1975 the aging edifice closed its doors. In 1981 the Saenger was restored and returned to its standing as a center for the performing arts. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Sites.

Museums & Interactive Learning

  • Anna Lamar Switzer Gallery 

    1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504
    Details | www.visualarts.pensacolastate.edu | 850.484.2550

    The Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, located at Pensacola State College, provides an annual schedule of changing exhibitions, visiting artists, and events. The Switzer Center Gallery, a teaching gallery, provides a catalyst for creativity by providing the best examples of contemporary art for students that relate to studio endeavors. 

  • First City Art Center 

    1060 N. Guillemard Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
    Details | www.firstcityart.org | 850.595.5985

    This working art center engages the community through a broad range of workshops, classes, gallery shows, community events, outreach and field-trip programs. FCAC is an artistic "hatchery" for many forms of art creation. The Center provides opportunities for people to create through glassblowing, glass bead making, clay sculpting, pottery on the wheel, hand-built pottery, drawing, painting, and with a continued emphasis on expanding offerings.

  • The Art Gallery at University of West Florida 

    11000 University Parkway, Bldg. 82, Pensacola, FL 32514
    Details | www.uwf.edu | 850.474.2045

    The Art Gallery (TAG) at the University of West Florida seeks to challenge, stimulate, and engage students and the greater public through direct interaction with works of contemporary art. Its annual series of revolving exhibitions highlights innovative regional, national, and international artists and artwork. These exhibitions seek to promote contemporary critical thinking and cultural inspiration. 

  • Voices of Pensacola 

    117 E. Government St., Pensacola, Florida 32502
    Details | www.historicpensacola.org | 850.595.5840

    Opened in 2014, this multicultural center highlights the city's diversity through dynamic exhibits representing the cultural groups that have shaped Pensacola history. Visitors to the Voices of Pensacola can watch and listen to videos of individuals telling their unique Pensacola story. The space also includes an oral history recording room where additional stories can be recorded and archived. On the second floor is the Hilton-Green Research Room, which houses a vast variety of documents, maps and photographs.

  • Pensacola Museum of Art 

    407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Details | www.pensacolamuseum.org | 850.432.6247

    Over the past 63 years, this museum has presented hundreds of exhibitions and thousands of educational opportunities, becoming the foundation for the visual arts in our community. The museum also tailors visual arts education to each age group - offering a variety of art experiences including drawing, painting, clay, collage, found object art, art history and much more. Freedom of expression is encouraged as students learn art techniques, problem-solving, and the elements and principals of art and design.

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Pensacola’s historic Belmont-DeVillier’s District was a popular stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit — a network of mostly black-owned music venues that emerged during the early 20th century and gave birth to some of America’s biggest musical stars. Artists like Louis Armstrong, James Brown and Ike and Tina Turner all performed in the neighborhood.


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Pensacola’s historic Belmont-DeVillier’s District was a popular stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit — a network of mostly black-owned music venues that emerged during the early 20th century and gave birth to some of America’s biggest musical stars. Artists like Louis Armstrong, James Brown and Ike and Tina Turner all performed in the neighborhood.

 

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