Locals pick the best museums to visit in St. Pete

While beaches, sunshine and murals have made St. Petersburg one of the country’s top destinations, the incredible beauty, culture and history continues inside as well. St. Pete’s incredible collection of museums is enough to fill a full week’s itinerary, and we’re here to guide you. This list is certainly not definitive, as the region is home to over two dozen museums, but it is a handpicked selection of some of our favorites.

From art or history to science or nature, you can find a museum for everyone in St. Pete. Check museum websites for current hours of operation.

The Dali Museum

The largest collection of works by Salvador Dalí outside his home country of Spain, Le Dalí is a world-famous museum and an architectural masterpiece. In addition to Dalí’s breathtaking pieces, the museum features special galleries throughout the year, such as the Picasso exhibition currently on display, offering first-time and regular visitors something new each time. Stop by Café Gala for delicious pastries, salads, sandwiches, small plates, coffees, beers and wines.

1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg FL

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

Inside this stunningly beautiful museum, guests explore their way through 26,000 square feet of gallery space housing over 400 top-notch works of art, including sculptures, paintings, and jewelry. . It is an inspiring collection of art representing the peoples, landscapes and history of the American West and the wildlife of the world. The James hosts world-class traveling galleries throughout the year and offers a steady stream of events for adults and children.

1901 Central Ave, St. Petersburg FL

Photo via James Museum

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Situated in a prime waterfront location on Beach Drive, the Museum of Fine Arts has an encyclopedic collection of art from around the world and across the centuries, with nearly 5,000 years of civilization represented by over 18,000 objects. The collection includes works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, Jacob Lawrence and many others, as well as ancient Greek and Roman art, Asian, African, art from the Americas and Europe. native american art. Be on the lookout for Café Clémentine soon to open for delicious dishes.

255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg FL

Saint Petersburg History Museum

For a century, the Saint Petersburg History Museum has shared the stories of the Sunshine City. From the birth of commercial aviation and MLB’s spring training here in Sunshine City to the vast accomplishments of the early Pinellas pioneers, the St. Petersburg History Museum offers something for everyone. Inside, guests will discover surprises at every turn, including a two-headed calf, a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy, a working replica of the Benoist XIV airboat, and the world’s largest collection of autographed baseballs. . The museum is set to begin a 10,000 square foot expansion and renovation soon, including a rooftop restaurant overlooking St. Pete’s Pier.

335 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, Florida

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

Named for the prominent black historian and author who helped found Black History Month, the Woodson Museum is a living preservation of the history of African Americans in the St. Petersburg community and throughout the African Diaspora, as well as a celebration of the art and culture behind it. Located in the historic Deuces Corridor, the museum will soon have an incredible new and expanded home as part of a $27 million plan for a 30,000 square foot facility just down the street.

2240 9th Ave S, St. Petersburg, Florida

The Florida Holocaust Museum

Through a superbly detailed and thought-provoking presentation of artifacts, photos, artwork, and video, the Florida Holocaust Museum offers a deeper look into the realities of our past in a meaningful and incredibly well-designed experience. . Notably, the museum houses one of the few remaining railroad cars of the type used by the Nazis to transport Jews and other prisoners to places like Auschwitz and Treblinka. Covered wagon No. 113 069-5 now stands in the original footsteps of the Treblinka Killing Center as a silent tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust and is part of the permanent History, Heritage and Hope exhibition.

55 5th St S, Saint Petersburg FL

Photo via Florida Holocaust Museum

More museums that are absolutely worth visiting:

Chihuly collection – Permanent collection of unique works by world renowned artist Dale Chihuly

St. Pete Fairgrounds – An immersive world of playful art and technology exhibits based on original Florida stories

Great Explorations – Educational and experiential children’s museum

Imagine Museum – Contemporary gallery showcasing works by emerging and established American glass artists

Morean Arts Center – Free contemporary art gallery open to the public every day

Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement – The only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the American Arts and Crafts movement

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