West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. announces plans to open new exhibit, ‘Pensacola: City of Five Flags’

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West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc., will celebrate Pensacola’s rich, vibrant and cultural legacy with the expansion of a new 3,000 square-foot exhibit entitled Pensacola: City of Five Flags. This exhibit will feature how Pensacola transformed itself from a colonial wilderness into a thriving commercial center and tourist destination.

Scheduled to be open this year, Pensacola: City of Five Flags will occupy the entire first floor of the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum. A museum store will also be included in the new look. Interactive multimedia stations, immersive exhibits and local artifacts will help create a content-driven experience showcasing Pensacola’s unique history.

Visitors and residents will be immersed in more than 12,000 years of West Florida history, starting with the area’s Native American heritage and exploring the cultures behind each of the five flags that have flown over Pensacola. Spanish, French, British, Confederate and American influences have blended to form a footprint that is distinctly Pensacola.

The exhibit will be funded in part by a grant from BP’s Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund. The funds will be used to support Gulf Coast tourism and seafood industries affected by 2010’s Deepwater Horizon incident.

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