Art Museums in St. Petersburg

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Art Museums in St. Petersburg

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  • Picture_Perch
    Windsor, Canada1,568 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wish we would have known our online tickets didn't actually mean the only hour we could enter. We sat in our car for an hour waiting till our time to enter which only meant the 360 movie show time. Who knew! Once inside the building is beautiful in itself. The art and getting so up close and personal was such a nice experience. Getting to see the brush strokes was amazing and learning more about Dali life was really nice. We love Dali have a few of his paintings hanging in our house.
    Written March 1, 2024
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  • wanda
    Kingston, Canada17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a definite “ must do” when visiting St Petersburg!
    Beautiful gardens featuring many local plants and trees
    Sapodilla, loquats, beautiful trees
    The art featured inside and out is truly unique!
    Written March 1, 2024
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  • Schneider231
    Cincinnati117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cool exhibit. Our tour guide was great. She gave us a lot of interesting information about the artist and his various pieces. Would highly recommend a visit. Price was reasonable. The glass blowing demonstration was a nice add on. Tour took about 45 minutes and the demonstration was another 40.
    Written February 5, 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, is as impressive on the outside from an architectural perspective as it is on the inside with a collection covering almost 5,000 years of civilization. Located at 255 Beach Drive Northeast, across the street from the new St. Pete Pier, the museum showcases thousands of objects extending from antiquity to present, to fascinating travel exhibitions, to exciting events in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg's scenic waterfront. Open from 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday, the Museum of Fine Arts features the only comprehensive art collection of its kind on Florida's west coast, including masterpieces from Monet, O'Keeffe, De Kooning, Wiley, Morisot, Rodin and Steichen. Also see African art, European paintings, American photography, even ancient Greek and Roman art. Take a guided tour and purchase the MFA handbook, a beautifully bound book, published by Rizzoli, which highlights more than 200 works of art from all areas of the permanent collection. Founded by Margaret Acheson Stuart, the museum was opened to the public in 1965, the first art museum in St. Petersburg located on the downtown waterfront. Did you notice the Bombax tree on the south lawn that was only three feet tall when it was planted after the museum opened? Currently on view are stunning exhibitions by noted photographer Tom Jones, Japanese woodblock prints and Japanese photographs from the Meiji Era from 1870 to 1900 and Dogs in Art. Jones' Here We Stand" exhibit includes more than 100 works spanning from 1998 to 2021, including his critical assessment of the romanticized representation of Native Americans in photography that re-examines historic pictures taken by white photographers. The "Lasting Impressions" exhibit features 60 Japanese woodblock prints from famous Kabuki theater actors in the 18th century to vibrant landscapes in the 19th century.
    Written July 15, 2023
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  • PandM0
    Seattle, WA228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow, wow and WOW!!!! We are big museum goers, and this is definitely in our top 5. The glass sculptures here are tremendous—enormous variety from artists around the world, beautifully lit and staged. Many spectacular pieces.

    It’s in a funky location, but so worth the trip. Definitely not to be missed.
    Written February 23, 2024
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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, CA3,034 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I wasn’t sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. Wonderful display of Native American artwork with interesting signage. We’ve been to a number of historical museums and this one ranks right up there with the best. Disappointed we weren’t able to view the special exhibition - members only - especially after paying the $18 entrance fee. It’s not a large art museum, but we ended up spending 2+ hours here. Well worth it.
    Written February 15, 2024
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  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, OH3,037 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is not only an interesting museum for fans of American art, design, and architecture, but is itself also one of the best-designed museums we have visited.

    The Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement is relatively new, only having opened in the last few years. It focuses exactly on what its name tells you. The arts and crafts movement was from around the turn of the last century or so, with William Morris as one of its primary proponents in the United Kingdom. Here in the United States think the architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan (who allegedly served as the model for the lead character in Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead"), Tiffany Glass, Artist Childe Hassam, or Stickley Furniture.

    The founder and primary funder, Rudy Ciccarello, deserves an amazing amount of credit not only for essentially donating his excellent collection but also for the museum's own outstanding design.

    The museum is in a brand new 5-story building with many architectural features of its own and lots of glass. It is bright and airy - not the least bit stuffy. The works are extremely well curated and displayed to show off their best features. We saw works and architectural features not only by the artists listed above but also a large number of works by artists from the Midwest to New England, including names such as Paul Revere Pottery and the Roycroft Studio near Buffalo.

    The galleries are large and easy to navigate with helpful explanations both as to a type of work or its artists and the items themselves. They had everything from architectural fragments to furniture to ceramic art to paintings. In a few cases, they had entire rooms that had been saved from the wrecking ball, including one bathroom that made you feel like you were in a lily pond, and the large ceramic floor from a boathouse.

    There is convenient parking next to the museum (free when we visited) and an excellent cafe in the large atrium downstairs. The staff was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and helpful.

    This was one of the highlights of our trip to the Florida coast.
    Written February 13, 2024
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  • Faithfultraveler
    Halifax, Canada1,203 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good museum with military history and lots of baseballs highlighting our time there.

    Tickets were free for Vinoy guests.
    Written February 7, 2024
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  • Donna B
    Riverview, FL58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place. Never saw anything like it but enjoyed the creativity. I didn't realize I could play games there, but I'll be back to see the expansion.
    Written February 24, 2024
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