Visiting St. Peter Museum of History
The St. Petersburg Museum of History has been providing residents, students, tourists, and other visitors a very comprehensive understanding of how the city, the county of Pinellas, and the state of Florida developed through the years as seen from the pioneering efforts of St. Petersburg’s founding families. Today, the museum continues to provide such tours to individuals and groups. In certain cases the Museum brings history to the classroom.
Tourists and visitors to St. Petersburg can avail of excellent guided tours provided by the Museum’s Education Curator. Guests can look at not less than 30,000 historical pieces, archives, and artifacts in the Museum’s extensive collection and learn to appreciate the rich heritage of the city, the county of Pinellas, and the state of Florida as these grew and developed to become the great places they are today. Group rates are available as part of a tour package. Fans of aviation history will surely not want to miss the Lark of Duluth Benoist XIV biplane exhibit as this marks the birth of commercial aviation in the world. Visitors can also marvel at the largest collection of almost 5,000 autographed baseballs including artifacts, storyboards, and documents that highlight the success stories of the game’s biggest stars like Babe Ruth. Interested parties can get in touch with the Education Curator or even the Reception for additional information as well as to schedule a tour.
Students learning history can benefit from the guided tour for schools by the St. Peter Museum of History. It is one thing to look at a 3,000 year old mummy encased in protective glass and it is an entirely different thing to relive the rich heritage of St. Petersburg, Florida, and the United States. These guided school tours are carefully designed to create a more meaningful connection with the content that is being taught in US schools. Understanding and appreciating social studies as it impacts modern day life is one sure way of instilling pride and satisfaction in being a citizen of this great country and why many people all over the world aspire to the ideals of the founding families of this nation.
All of the guided school tours are in line with the Sunshine State’s Standards in Visual Arts and Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts. These make excellent learning activities for students of all ages. Schools planning to visit the Museum are encouraged to book at least 3 weeks prior to the visit. They are also encouraged to get in touch with the Education Curator for any special requests, details of the curriculum, and other information.
Museum in a Box
For schools who would like to have a glimpse of what is in store for them at the Museum, the Education Curator can send to requesting schools a complete Museum-in-a-Box that will enable the teaching of the historical developments in the Tampa Bay area. These can include topics such as the Tocobaga Indians, recreation and sports, and transportation in Tampa Bay, all of which are compliant to the curriculum standards of Florida.
For more information on these tours, interested parties can contact the Director of Education and Outreach of the Museum.