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“Great collection”

Museum of Fine Arts
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: From a legendary permanent collection, to compelling traveling exibitions, the MFA is ready to inspire with diverse and ever-changing opportunities to experience art. Discover over 4,500 years of civilization in thousands of objects ranging from antiquity to the present- the only comprehensive art collection of its kind on Florida's west coast.
Reviewed August 26, 2012

It's not a very big museum, but it has a lot of quality pieces and interesting exhibits. Also, the setting is beautiful in one of the city parks with a lot of great restaurants near by. Perfect way to spend an afternoon

Thank JohninStPete
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Wandering the rooms of the museum to view the many paintings, statues and art productions is a great way to spend the day

Thank robertajohn
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

I took my daughters (22 and 29) to the museum on a Saturday and was afraid it would be too busy to enjoy the vaious exhibits. We arrived under dark, swirling clouds and distant thunder with the rain just starting. We got inside just in time because the clouds opened up and it POURED! This was actually cool because if you've ever been there, the building is mostly glass, so the rain looked like a waterfall!! Anyway, both daughters are nursing students and got a discount on their admission. The special Russian photography exhibit of black and white photos was on the 2nd floor so we began there. The museum is much larger once you're inside, with connecting rooms in various directions, and different period art in each. Very interesting layout with art for many tastes! I would highly recommend this museum to visitors, and even locals! However, not sure how amused small children would be.

1  Thank Corey G
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Some gorgeous artwork in a very refined setting
Small, and not as dramatic as the Dali, but someplace i would return to again and again

Thank Rooney10Boston
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

I have lived in the Tampa/St Pete area for over 25 years, and had never visited this museum until last Saturday. It is a delightful museum, with something for all ages/tastes!

I thoroughly enjoyed the many galleries in this museum, and they have an amazing variety of art from different periods, and a large permanent collection. Pre-Colombian death masks and figures, sculpture gardens, Impressionist works and modern art all find space here, and it's a fun journey from gallery to surprising gallery. My teenage daughter was mesmerized by the Asian art, and I learned about the meaning behind the placement and positioning of the hand in these Buddhas.


I was just enthralled by a little jewel-box room containing a current exhibit entitled "Sitter and Subject" of 19th-century daguerreotypes (early portrait photography). These photo-portraits were often encased in little gold traveling case-frames, and the subjects range from famous statesmen and individuals of their times (such as Daniel Webster) to Civil War heroes to unknown women and children.

My husband was intrigued by the current glass exhibit called "Global+Local," which houses the most amazing examples of glass art. You simply cannot conceive of all the different shapes and styles of glass, from functional pieces such as vases, to sheer works of art! It's gorgeous!

I didn't bring a small child along, but I walked through a "hands-on" childrens area which pertains to the glass exhibit, and noticed the elementary school age kids having a lot of fun pretending to blow and handle glass. Later, the same children were walking very reverently throughout the glass gallery taking in all the many forms of glass, and commenting on their favorite pieces. Little kids and an exhibit of glass works? It sure works here!

Note that there were a number of docents/volunteers available to provide information and give tours, and there is a cafe in the main lobby.

The museum shop is also very nice ~ a wide selection of unique gifts and art!

I was VERY impressed by this museum, and will return again. All three of my family members found something to treasure about this visit.

Thank CompassRoseTampa
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