Get a rich and varied history lesson this summer by touring an eclectic sampling of history museums sprinkled throughout Pinellas County. Whether you’re into the military or the automobile, history museums in the Suncoast area offer something for everyone.
Take a tour through the county’s
multitude of history museums – all
of which offer something unique
Tampa Bay Automobile Museum – Pinellas Park
Located in Pinellas Park, the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum features a unique collection of vintage vehicles that have shaped the evolution of the automobile. Learn about the special creativity and imagination inherent to the car’s history and engineering achievements as demonstrated in the pioneering front wheel drive and rear engine cars from the 1920s and 1930s – the defining cars that set the standards for automobiles today. To learn more about the museum, visit TBAuto.org.
The Armed Forces History Museum – Largo
Founded in 2008, The Armed Forces History Museum is dedicated to preserving military history and providing public education about the many sacrifices made by the military to protect our freedom. More than a museum, this wealth of knowledge and insight serves as an exciting and educational journey through American history. With exhilarating activities available to take part in, and thousands of artifacts and military vehicles to discover, the Armed Forces History Museum is one you won’t want to miss. Learn more at ArmedForcesMuseum.com.
Gulf Beaches Historical Museum – Pass-A-Grille. Housed in Pass-a-Grille’s first church, the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum honors the legacy of the colorful beach town’s heritage with Old Florida-style nostalgia. Built in 1917, the museum reveals a look at life as it was during the early development of the South Pinellas beach communities we know and love. Perfect for a summer afternoon, this unique museum displays vintage post cards, hundreds of photos of the growth of St. Pete Beach and its neighborhoods, memorabilia of two island schools, church artifacts and much more. Be sure to call (727) 403-6136 for seasonal hours of operation.
Florida Holocaust Museum – Downtown St. Pete
This small but engrossing museum found in the heart of St. Petersburg honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. Home to original artifacts, historical photographs and certified documents, the Florida Holocaust Museum humanizes its recollection of this tragic historical event through rare pesonal stories of local survivors. In addition to honoring all who suffered or died in the Holocaust, the Museum hosts temporary exhibits from around the globe and strives to prevent future genocides by teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of all human life. Visit FLHolocaustMuseum.org or call (727) 820-0100.