T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum
The T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum.
W.D. Donaldson and T. T. Wentworth Jr. standing with a brick collection which dated back to the 1600s at the museum.
A tribute to the Civil War can be found on the second floor of the museum.
The museum is full from wall to wall with hundred of items of artifacts and miscellanea.
T.T. Wentworth, Jr. with a dinosaur bone
Backstory and Context
In 1938, Wentworth donated what was then known as the Dorothy Walton House to the city of Pensacola. With additional support from the Wentworth family and others, this home served the community as a museum and meeting place. During World War II, however, there were not enough volunteers to keep the museum running so Wentworth moved his collection to his new home in Ensley. However, Wentworth continued to add to his collection and even built a separate building to house and share his collection with others.
In 1983, Wentorth donated his collection of over 150,000 collectibles to the State of Florida. With a $1.2 million grant from the state and the support of many local volunteers, this new museum was able to open its door in November, 1988. One year later, Mr. Wentworth died of cancer.