Photo courtesy of Michelle da Silva Richmond
Photo courtesy of Michelle da Silva Richmond
Photo courtesy of Michelle da Silva Richmond

Gulf Beaches Historical Museum

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Proof that great treasures often come in small packages can be found in this small museum tucked into Pass-a-Grille's National Historic District. Built in 1917 as the first church on the area's barrier islands, it served as such until 1959, when it was sold to Joan Haley, who made it her residence until 1989. Haley willed it to Pinellas County and it opened as a museum in 1993 with a collection of historic artifacts, WW II exhibits, and relics from the Don Cesar. Those, along with antique photos, postcards, newspaper clippings and school memorabilia offer a glimpse into the development of the South Pinellas Beach communities. The non-profit museum is manned by local volunteers and is funded through membership and donations and proceeds from the small gift shop.


115 10th Ave
St. Petersburg / Clearwater, FL

Expert Tips by Michelle da Silva Richmond

St. Petersburg / Clearwater Local Expert

Museums: "Be sure to have one of the knowledgeable volunteers tell you some of the local lore. They're wonderful story-tellers!"

Best for Museums Because: It's a small time capsule of local history, set in very pleasant surroundings and well worth a visit.