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Established in 1954, the Pensacola Museum of Art features a variety of works by American and international artists of the 19th and 20th century such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Thomas Hart Benton. The collection also contains a variety of American and European sculpture and glass works, and a growing collection of works from Asia and Africa. The museum was established by members of the American Association of University Women who secured the use of the building, a former jail, when the city built a new jail in 1954.


  • The Pensacola Museum of Art purchased the building in 1988. Between 1954 and 1988, the museum leased the building from the city for only $1 per year-a way to help the museum in its early years.
  • This photo of the building that now houses the museum was taken December 12, 1909, shortly after it opened as the city jail.
  • Inside the museum
  • The 1906 old jail bar doors are still used in the museum as visitors go from section to section
Pensacola Museum of Art website, http://www.pensacolamuseum.org/ accessed 10/27/15