The Gulf Beaches Historical Museum is open and recently extended its hours. Voted #6 of Trip Advisor’s 20 things to do in St. Pete Beach, the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum is packed with hands-on activities and is run primarily by volunteers. Located in a former church built in 1917, the building itself is historic: the church population outgrew its four walls and moved to a larger facility in 1952, selling the small kirk to a widowed journalist named Joan Haley who moved from Washington, DC. and made a home for itself in space. When Haley died in 1989, she left the property to Pinellas County, which renovated it and opened it as the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum four years later. The GBHM has a large collection of photographs, maps and yearbooks, a Don CeSar exhibit, a World War II exhibit and some of Haley’s collected items.
With the pandemic, the museum temporarily closed; when it finally reopened, it kept extremely restricted hours (Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). In March, GBHM proudly announced that it had extended its opening hours and is now open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. . They also need new volunteers – for more information contact them by email.
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