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Museum of Fine Arts

One of West Florida’s most accomplished exhibit spaces has displays that range from ancient crafts to classic paintings and contemporary photography.

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.


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Ponce De Leon Hotel

Ponce De Leon Hotel

95 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
3.4
of 5, from 1,473 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown St. Petersburg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pioneer Park and Museum of Fine Arts. Salvador Dali Museum and The Pier are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hollander Boutique Hotel

Hollander Boutique Hotel

421 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg
4.5
of 5, from 2,003 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown St. Petersburg, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Coliseum and Museum of Fine Arts. Salvador Dali Museum and Sunken Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$222
Hyatt Place St. Petersburg / Downtown

Hyatt Place St. Petersburg / Downtown

25 2nd Street North, St. Petersburg
4.5
of 5, from 25 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown St. Petersburg, this hotel is steps from Jannus Live and Pioneer Park.

$279
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

501 5th Ave Ne, St. Petersburg
4.6
of 5, from 795 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in St. Petersburg, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Chihuly Collection and Museum of Fine Arts. Salvador Dali Museum and The Pier are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$115
Avalon Hotel Downtown St. Petersburg

Avalon Hotel Downtown St. Petersburg

443 4th Avenue North, St. Petersburg
4.5
of 5, from 290 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown St. Petersburg, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Coliseum and Museum of Fine Arts. Salvador Dali Museum and Sunken Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$310
The Birchwood

The Birchwood

340 Beach Dr Ne, St. Petersburg
4.6
of 5, from 134 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown 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.

$119
Cordova Inn

Cordova Inn

253 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg
3.9
of 5, from 749 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Built in 1921, this smoke-free boutique hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida is 3 blocks from Tampa Bay, and 9 miles from the Gulf.

Mansion Inn

Mansion Inn

105 5th Avenue NE, St. Petersburg
3.6
of 5, from 114 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown St. Petersburg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chihuly Collection and Museum of Fine Arts. The Pier and Sunken Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km).