University of West Florida Archaeology Institute
Museum Exhibit and Research Facility
UWF Pensacola campus, Escambia County
The UWF Archaeology Institute showcases exhibits on the archaeology of Northwest Florida and in particular Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The Institute is responsible for many of the archaeological discoveries that have brought national and international attention to this part of Florida. Exhibits feature some of the most important shipwrecks yet to be found in North America, as well as prehistoric and historic sites on our coastal and interior lands. The stories of these discoveries are told in exhibit galleries at the Institute using images and artifacts to explain the fascinating history of this region.
- Two of the ships of Tristán de Luna y Arellano’s fleet sunk in Pensacola Bay in the 1559 hurricane are the second oldest shipwrecks yet discovered in North America.
- The facilities of the Archaeology Institute include exhibit space, laboratories, offices and collection curation space in three recently constructed or remodeled buildings.
- The Archaeology Institute serves the northwest Florida region not only through its academic and extensive public outreach programs, but also by providing professional archaeological services and consulting for historic preservation and cultural resource management undertakings.