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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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Lodging Near Museum of Fine Arts

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Hollander Boutique Hotel $105
Hollander Boutique Hotel

Hollander Boutique Hotel

421 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg
     
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    Located in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Coliseum and Museum of Fine Arts. Salvador Dali Museum and The Pier are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Ponce De Leon Hotel $83
    Ponce De Leon Hotel

    Ponce De Leon Hotel

    95 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
       
      3.4
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      Located in the heart of 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 15 minutes.

      Hyatt Place St. Petersburg / Downtown $157
      Hyatt Place St. Petersburg / Downtown

      Hyatt Place St. Petersburg / Downtown

      25 2nd Street North, St. Petersburg
         
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        Situated in Downtown St. Petersburg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jannus Live and Museum of Fine Arts. Salvador Dali Museum and The Pier are also within 15 minutes.

        Avalon Hotel Downtown St. Petersburg $99
        Avalon Hotel Downtown St. Petersburg

        Avalon Hotel Downtown St. Petersburg

        443 4th Avenue North, St. Petersburg
           
          4.5
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          Located in the heart of 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).

          The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club $161
          The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

          The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

          501 5th Ave Ne, St. Petersburg
             
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            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 1 mi (2 km).

            Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg/Downtown $144
            Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg/Downtown

            Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg/Downtown

            80 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg
               
              4.5
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              Situated in Downtown St. Petersburg, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jannus Live, Museum of Fine Arts, and Sundial St. Pete. Al Lang Stadium and Chihuly Collection are also within 10 minutes.

              The Birchwood $215
              The Birchwood

              The Birchwood

              340 Beach Dr Ne, St. Petersburg
                 
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                Located in the heart of 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.

                Watergarden Inn at the Bay $135
                Watergarden Inn at the Bay

                Watergarden Inn at the Bay

                126 4th Ave NE, St. Petersburg
                   
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                  Situated in the entertainment district, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Chihuly Collection and Museum of Fine Arts. Salvador Dali Museum and The Pier are also within 1 mi (2 km).