St. Pete is home to many spaces that foster creativity. Visitors and residents can find world-renowned museums and an assortment of independent art galleries, exhibits, as well as a performing arts scene that highlights local talent alongside nationals.
St. Pete is a city that has been ranked as one of the top cultural and arts destinations in its region. It also boasts a number of world-famous museums. St. Pete’s museums feature a variety of cultural and educational experiences, including science and history exhibits, contemporary art, and fine art.
The Dali Museum
1 Dali Blvd. | 727-823-3767
The Dali Museum is located on the Tampa Bay waterfront in a building which erupts into an enormous free-form geodesic bubble. The Dali Museum is dedicated to Salvador Dali, the late Spanish surrealist. It features all of his works. Over 2,400 pieces are included in the collection, which includes oil paintings, drawings and watercolors, as well as book illustrations, books, sculptures, prints, photographs, text, textiles, photo, manuscripts and a large archive of documents. The Dali also hosts rotating exhibitions and tours, as well as community and student programming. Cafe Gala and Avant Garden are both attractions. The Dali’s Innovation Labs, Center for Avant-garde and Center for Avant-garde enrich the community with their rich resources.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum
2240 9th Ave. S. | 727-323-1104
The Woodson Museum is the historical voice of the African American community of St. Petersburg. It hosts events and exhibits that highlight the contributions of African Americans in St. Petersburg’s growth and development. The Woodson Museum presents arts, culture, and historical exhibits that promote understanding and increase our society’s ability to act with respect, value diversity, foster equality, and support social justice. The Museum offers programming for the community, partnerships opportunities, a well-kept Legacy Garden and a lending library.
Fairgrounds St. Pete
800 28th St. S. / [email protected]
Fairgrounds St. Pete, an indoor, interactive, and immersive art and technology museum, is located in the Warehouse Arts District. Over 60 artists from around the world will be able to exhibit their work and explore new ideas. The museum is dedicated to celebrating the weird, bizarre, and wonderful Florida. New artwork is added all the time. Fairgrounds St. Pete is a reference to traditional fairgrounds, which are used as places for new ideas and recognition of talent, creativity, and innovation. This museum is a Florida-inspired experience that’s both unique and fun.
Florida Holocaust Museum
55 5th St. S. | 727-820-0100
The Florida Holocaust Museum is located in a prominent three-story building downtown St. Pete. It honors the memory and sacrifices of millions of children, men, and women who died or were affected by the Holocaust. The Museum houses a permanent collection that includes original artifacts and historical photographs. It also contains documents that tell the story about the Holocaust, with an emphasis on local survivors. Florida Holocaust Museum hosts a variety of rotating exhibitions with varying sizes and scopes. It also offers educational support, outreach, programming, lending libraries, additional programming, and other programming. To prevent future genocides, the Museum teaches all peoples of all races and cultures about the intrinsic worth and dignity of human life.
Great Explorations Children’s Museum
Great Explorations has been the go-to place for Tampa Bay’s kids for over 30 years. Great Explorations offers 18,000 square feet worth of hands-on workshops and exhibits for children. They have a long history of encouraging creativity, play and exploration. They are the first licensed preschool in the country to open a children’s museum.
Imagine Museum of Contemporary Glass Art
The Imagine Museum is located in a landmark blue building in Grand Central District. It takes visitors on a journey through dazzling glass works that transform color and light into intricate shapes. Imagine Museum features major American and international works by leading artists in the fields of studio glass and art expression.
James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art
The James Museum is located in downtown and houses the personal collection Tom and Mary James. It has 26,000 square feet gallery space. They have accumulated a substantial collection through personal connections with artists and numerous travels to the American West. Although the artwork often depicts scenes from the past it is mostly created today and depicts American Western history, American Indian cultures, as well as wildlife from all over the globe. The James Museum hosts special events and offers programming for children and adults. They also invite visitors to visit their museum store and cafe.
Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement
355 4th St. N. | 727-943-9900
MAACM, a new addition to Tampa Bay’s cultural scene is the only museum dedicated to American Arts and Crafts movements of the late 1800s to early 1900s. Rudy Ciccarello is a local collector and philanthropist who founded MAACM. It features incredible architectural elements like a grand atrium and skylights as well as an impressive spiral staircase and amazing works of art. In a 137,000-square foot building that is an art work in itself, you will find exquisite examples of handcrafted furniture and pottery, tile, metalwork and stained glass.
Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Drive N.E. | 727-896-2667
The Museum of Fine Arts is located in a Palladian-style building along St. Pete’s famous Beach Drive. It has a collection that spans almost 5,000 years of civilization, with thousands of objects that range from antiquity through the present. The Museum of Fine Arts is the only comprehensive collection of art on Florida’s west side. Highlights include works by Monet, O’Keeffe and De Kooning. There’s also a sculpture garden, glass gallery and one of Florida’s most renowned photography collections. The MFA also hosts special exhibitions, provides programming for adults and children, and has a cafe with a view of the downtown waterfront. It also maintains an apiary on the roof that houses 12 active beehives.
St. St. Petersburg Museum of History
335 2nd Ave. N.E. | 727-894-1052
The St. Petersburg Museum of History is located on the St. Pete Pier’s approach. It has been sharing stories of the Sunshine City for almost a century. This museum focuses on Florida’s history and heritage with a special emphasis on St. Pete, Pinellas Peninsula and other areas. It has exhibits that preserve important points from Florida’s recent history such as the first commercial airline, the largest collection of autographed MLBs in the world, and a collection of photographs that captures St. Pete’s roots.
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