Pensacola, Florida: Wentworth Museum: Petrified Cat
T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum
- 330 S. Jefferson St., Pensacola, FL
- T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum. 1-10 exit 12. Drive south on I-110. Take exit 1C (Garden St). Turn left at the first stoplight onto Tarragona St. Drive south four blocks south to Church St. The parking lot and museum complex will be on the right. The museum is at the back end of the lot.
- T-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify)
- Adults $6.00
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
T. T. Wentworth Jr. was a compulsive collector who donated all of his stuff to Pensacola -- including a mummified cat and an Abraham Lincoln head made of mulched money. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [03/29/2015]
Visitor Tips and News About Wentworth Museum: Petrified Cat
Loved it here! Defiantly worth it if you like weird and free![Erin, 06/10/2013]
The T.T. Wentworth Jr. Museum houses not only artifacts from Florida's past, but also an awesome collection of random stuff that good old Wentworth collected. The highlights are a size 37 shoe, a petrified cat from 1850, and a bust of Lincoln's head made out of $3,000 worth of pulped currency. Let's not forget the piece of Thomas Edison's birthday cake.
Most of his cool collection is kept in two rooms, but other items are scattered throughout the three-story museum. The woman who greeted me was very nice, and the museum has a tiny gift shop were I was able to purchase an " I saw it...." t-shirt that features several of the cool, weird, things in his collection. Thank you Mr. Wentworth for collecting random stuff and creating a museum for me to see it![Ali Kalenak, 07/30/2012]
The T. T. Wentworth Museum in downtown Pensacola is the current incarnation of a roadside museum opened in 1957 in Ensley, FL, just north of Pensacola. In the '80s, Wentworth said he would donate his collection of damn near everything if the city of Pensacola would continue to display it. The city agreed, renovated the old downtown city hall, and opened the T. T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum.
There are three floors of exhibits, but, unfortunately, only one floor is devoted to Wentworth's oddball collection. My brother, a Pensacola native, says that as the years have passed, the museum seems to have become more and more mainstream and less devoted to the odd, bizarre, and often useless things that Wentworth collected. It's still worth seeing, mind you, just not as much fun as it used to be.
And they don't sell "I saw the Petrified Cat" t-shirts anymore.[Dean Jeffrey, 02/15/2003]
The T.T. Wentworth Museum in downtown Pensacola houses four floors of oddities. There is a Coca-cola room (which I always thought was odd since Pensacola sounds more like Pepsi-cola) that displays Coke bottles and soda vending machines. There is a petrified cat (the cat somehow became stuck in a chimney of a local resident's house many many years ago and thus became petrified). An actual shrunken head is next to the cat. The museum also has the World's Largest Man's shoe. A very eclectic collection. The top floor also has a Children's Discovery Museum, where kids can play grocery store or news reporter. T.T. Wentworth was a man who was very rich and very eccentric and collected just about anything. When he died, the City Council decided to honor him by converting his home into a museum, and over the years there have been donations to the museum's collection from throughout the world.[Shannon Ely, 01/01/2000]