Florida Museums

The St. Petersburg Museum Of History

A journey back to the birth of the Florida dream


The Home of Little Cooperstown

The Pier in Downtown St. Petersburg is a delightful place to spend the day, with scenic views of Tampa Bay with lots of comfy green spaces to view it from. But if you are a fan of history and baseball, no visit to the pier will be complete without a visit to The St. Petersburg Museum of History.

St. Petersburg was the first American City to hire a public relations director, and it was marketing genius that put St. Petersburg on the map. In the early 1900s, labeled The Sunshine City, St. Petersburg was taken from a swampy pine forest with no more than 300 residents to one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.

A visit to the St. Petersburg History Museum is a fascinating look back through the years. From the early pioneer days to the 1888 arrival of the Orange Belt Railroad to the booming metropolis it is today.

Within the St. Petersburg Museum of History is Schrader’s Little Cooperstown featuring the world’s most extensive collection of autographed baseballs.

Florida has a rich tradition in baseball history. Of today’s 30 major league baseball teams, only six have never held spring training in the state. From the big league’s spring training to their minor league counterparts, The state of Florida has hosted major league baseball in one form or another.  Many of the most famous players in baseball history (Ruth, Gehrig, Musial, Cobb, Mays, DiMaggio, Berra, Mantle, and many more) have called Florida home for 4–6 weeks every spring.

The St. Petersburg Museum of History is located at the St. Pete Pier – 335 2nd Avenue NE Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, with discounts available for military personnel and students.

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