Discover Old Florida at the Gulfport Historical Museum

Many people don’t know the real Florida. Most assume that the real Florida is a rollercoaster in Orlando, or an art deco nightclub in Miami. But Florida used to be something else entirely.

And that’s where the Gulfport Historical Museum comes in.

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The Gulfport Historical Society runs the Gulfport Historical Museum in order to preserve and celebrate the city’s unique culture and history. You see, Gulfport isn’t like modern-day Miami or Orlando. It’s something unique, something quieter, something more independent. You’ll find locally-owned shops and restaurants here — not endless blocks of chain stores. It’s a haven for writers, and painters, and other creative types.

The Gulfport Historical Museum allows visitors to look back in time at the people and the places most important to Gulfport’s history.

Things to Do at the Gulfport Historical Museum

  • If have family from the area, stop by and research your family history. The museum offers housing records, so you can also research the history of homes in the area.
  • View the Museum’s extensive photo collection documenting interesting and historical people and places.
  • Browse the gift shop, which includes a micro-niche Florida bookstore.
  • Relax in the reading area with free Wi-Fi, a cup of coffee, and a fresh pastry from their Square Mullet Coffee Shop.
  • Enjoy their current exhibits.

The museum also (in their own words) “[welcomes] dogs and well-behaved children.” Admission is free, although donations are appreciated. Their hours are: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Fridays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

If you’d like to learn more, visit the Gulfport Historical Society webpage.

After Your Visit to the Museum

After your visit to the museum, why not get out and enjoy some of Gulfport’s warm, sunny weather? You could take a stroll through the protected environs of the Boca Ciega Bay Aquatic Preserve or the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and view some of Florida’s majestic wildlife. Or, if you prefer two-wheeled adventures, enjoy a nice ride down the 38.2 mile Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail. The water-lovers among you might opt for a day of snorkeling or scuba diving in the beautiful green waters around St. Pete.

Afterwards, you’ll want a nice meal, and Gulfport has plenty of wonderful locally-owned eateries. We’re particularly fond of our own award-winning restaurant, Isabelle’s. Isabelle’s offers scrumptious New Southern cuisine, and won Rand McNally’s “Best of the Beaches” and “Best of the Road” awards. We also host live music four nights per week. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, pianist John Shirley tickles the ivories.  On Saturday nights, Dale Williams sings Sinatra and other favorites. We hope you’ll join us!

And then, after dinner, head back to your beautiful suite here at the Historic Peninsula Inn. We offer accommodations to suit all sorts of travelers, from the businessperson in town for the weekend, to the couple on a romantic getaway, to the family of 4 touring Old Florida.

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