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Cultural St. Pete revels in art, and the Museum of Fine Arts is the richest, most eclectic display the city has to offer. Since 1965, the museum has showcased work from around the world. Art buffs can easily spend the best part of a day exploring its galleries.
The permanent collection shows different genres of painting, photography and sculpture. Head to the European gallery to see 15th-century paintings and more recent art. See famous modern works such as Vicky Colombet’s Urban Landscape from 2002, or admire the art of world-famous master painters such as Monet, Gauguin, Renoir and Bruegel.
A definite highlight of the permanent collection is the photography. Exhibits here date back to the mid-19th century. Many capture exciting and poignant moments in American history. Look out for Berenice Abbott’s delightful SS Normandy, and The Steerage by Alfred Stieglitz. Further galleries in the museum’s permanent collection include American, Ancient Western, African and Decorative. If you are into American art, you’ll be happy to see the pieces in the Tiffany Glass, Georgia O’Keefe and Mary Proctor sections.
Other exhibitions at the museum change regularly; however, there is usually a display both of painting and photography to be enjoyed. Check the museum’s website for current exhibitions. Tours take place two times daily except Sundays, and are free with admission. Book ahead to secure a spot.
For lunch or dinner, visit Café 255 and enjoy fresh salads and sandwiches in this high-ceilinged conservatory adjoined to the museum. If the sun’s out – as it is on most days – take a table on the terrace that overlooks downtown’s waterfront.
The Museum of Fine Arts is in the heart of St. Petersburg and is open daily. On Thursdays, it is open longer, with reduced admission if you arrive after 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Sunday mornings, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Children pay considerably less to enter the museum, and those under seven enter for free.
Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Coliseum and Jannus Live. Vinoy Park and Tropicana Field are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, this hotel is steps from The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art and Jannus Live. Salvador Dali Museum and Mahaffey Theater are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Historic Old Northeast, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Chihuly Collection and Tampa Bay. Vinoy Park and Jannus Live are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Al Lang Stadium and Mahaffey Theater. University of South Florida-St. Petersburg and Demens Landing Park are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, this hotel is steps from Chihuly Collection and Museum of Fine Arts. St. Petersburg Museum of History and Sundial St. Pete are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Fine Arts, Salvador Dali Museum, and Palladium Theater. University of South Florida-St. Petersburg and Vinoy Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Coliseum and Jannus Live. Vinoy Park and Tropicana Field are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jannus Live, Sundial St. Pete, and Museum of Fine Arts. Al Lang Stadium and Chihuly Collection are also within 10 minutes.