The Pensacola Museum of Art (PMA) is an art museum in the city of Pensacola in Florida, which has been presenting engaging exhibitions of modern and contemporary art of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, as well as educational programming for over 60 years.

Founded in 1954 by a group of women from the American Association of University Women, the Pensacola Museum of Art was established to promote appreciation and understanding of modern art. In addition to presenting an array of permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions and educational and outreach programs, the PMA also offers a unique space for hosting art-centric celebrations, special events, and functions.


The Pensacola Museum of Art was established in 1954 by members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) who took over the Spanish Revival style building that once housed the City Jail and Police Department. Officially named the Pensacola Museum of Art in 1982, the Museum was formally founded with the idea of providing a venue to display and exhibit traveling art exhibitions, host cultural presentations, films, and lectures, and offer art classes for adults and children.

Mission & Vision

The Pensacola Museum of Art aims to present and promote an appreciation and understanding of contemporary and modern art through permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions and educational programming. The mission of the museum is to connect the university and the public through the transdisciplinary interactions of art, culture, the humanities, science, and technology.


The Pensacola Museum of Art features a collection of more than 600 works of art with a focus on contemporary and modern art, including a permanent collection of 20th and 21st-century works of art, sculpture and paper works. Featured national, international and regionally acclaimed artists in the collection include Andy Warhol, John James Audubon, Salvador Dali, Alex Katz, Hunt Slonem, Alexander Calder, and Pablo Picasso. The Museum also features examples of decorative European and American glass and tribal art from Africa.

Educational Programs

The Pensacola Museum of Art offers a variety of art-based educational programs for children and adults, ranging from summer camps for children ages five to 13, birthday parties, art experiences and classes in drawing, painting, clay-making, collage-making, art history and more.

Visitor Information

The Pensacola Museum of Art is located in historic downtown Pensacola and is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. The Museum offers docent-led guided tours of the Museum for groups of all ages, which need to be booked at least two weeks in advance. The Pensacola Museum of Art has a Museum Store that sells a variety of exhibition-related merchandise, children’s books, activity kits, and artful gifts. The Museum can be rented for special events and functions, including wedding receptions, birthday parties, and corporate gatherings.

Nearby Attractions

Pensacola is a charming waterfront city with gorgeous beaches and an idyllic and relaxing holiday destination. One of the earliest European settlements in the country, the city boasts stunning original 19th-century buildings and a variety of fun things to see and do for the whole family, ranging from museums, art galleries, shopping centers and plenty of entertainment.

Pensacola is home to Naval Air Station Pensacola, over which the Blue Angels flight demonstration team train. Two state parks and a national park protect the barrier islands and the beautiful white sand beaches that front the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Historically-minded visitors can explore forts, tour historic homes and museums, while birdwatchers can view a fantastic array of sea, shore, and migratory birds.

407 S Jefferson St, Pensacola, FL 32502, Phone: 850-432-6247

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