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The Best St. Petersburg Museums

TradeWinds Resorts hugs the shoreline of St. Pete Beach, which is very near one of the most culturally-rich cities in the country — St. Petersburg, Florida. In fact, the metro is home to more than 30 incredible museums, each with incredible things to see and experience. Interested in feeding your mind during your visit? Here are some amazing St. Petersburg museums you’ll want to see during your stay. 

Salvador Dalí Museum

Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí enjoyed a lengthy and varied career creating truly mesmerizing works of mind-bending art. Some of Dalí’s most famous and studied works are on display at his eponymous museum, which is at the top of the list of “must-see” attractions in the St. Petersburg area. In addition, the museum includes educational exhibits on the artist’s life, process and legacy. You won’t want to miss this grand gallery. 

1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 

Great Explorations Children’s Museum

Traveling with family? Great Explorations has been entertaining kids with hands-on “so fun they’ll forget they’re learning” exhibits for more than three decades. With over 24,000 square feet of activities and displays, young visitors are invited to discover and explore everything from nutrition, to safety, to health, economics, science and much more. There’s even a “Critter Cave” featuring reptiles, insects, and other small animals kids love.

1925 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704 

St. Petersburg Museum of History

The area’s longest-running museum is a spectacular gallery featuring exhibits cataloging the rich past of the city, and surrounding region. Artwork from local creators is featured, as is information concerning the city’s architecture, first settlers, and a collection of signed baseball cards from early greats in the sport. Since St. Petersburg was also the origin point for the country’s first commercial flight, there’s also a large aviation exhibit.  

335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

The impressive façade of this downtown gallery (which includes a two-story waterfall) houses more than 26,000 square feet of exhibit space dedicated to the preservation of traditional “old west” American folk art. Several themed areas — such as Early West, Native Artists and Wildlife — display paintings, jewelry, sculptures and artifacts that seek to capture the serene beauty and unspoiled majesty of this fascinating moment in time. 

150 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement

The Arts & Crafts movement was a distinctly American artistic shift; one that actively sought to maintain the country’s deep culture of hand-made goods in the wake of increased turn-f-the-century industrialization. This vast five-level exhibit hall is the nation’s only museum dedicated to this important era, housing truly beautiful work from noted period artisans like Frank Lloyd Wright, Margaret Patterson, and Gustav Stickley.     

355 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Museum of Fine Arts

First opened in 1965, the city’s first art museum remains one of its most notable. Visitors can look forward to seeing more than 20,000 original works from master artists such as Claude Monet, Willem de Koonig, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, Auguste Rodin, and countless others. The museum is also home to one of the largest photograph collections in the country, as well as a seren sculpture garden overlooking the waters of Tampa Bay. 

255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Planning a museum tour of the St. Petersburg area? TradeWinds Resorts is the ideal stay during your exploration! Stop by our Special Offers page to take a look at our current travel packages, book your stay, and let the anticipation begin.


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