Florida Museums

St. Petersburg has been consistently ranked in the top 10 Arts Destinations for mid-sized U.S. cities, recognized for its vibrant arts community by American Style Magazine. Every inch of street-level downtown St. Pete – a.k.a., “The Burg” – revels a new restaurant, shop, museum or art gallery. Add it all up and it makes sense that The New York Times recently named the Sunshine City to its list of “52 Places to Go in the World.”

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Gulf Beaches Historical Museum

Collections and exhibits outlining the history of the Gulf Coast barrier islands. The museum features photographs from 1901 to the present, a timeline dating back to 1500 and special early pioneer displays. Limited days and hours. Phone ahead for current schedule. Pass-a-Grille, 5 minutes

Dalí Museum

The world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of Salvador Dali’s works outside of Spain, including over 2,400 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures. The museum offers a permanent collection, special exhibitions, digital experiences and more. Then stop at the store for a keepsake and kick back at the Café Gala with a glass of Spanish wine. St. Petersburg, 20 minutes

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

The museum provides experiences that inspire human connections and transformation through art depicting the peoples, landscapes, and history, of the American West, and wildlife of the world. Mre than 400 premier works of ar including sculpture, paintings and jewelry are on display. St. Petersburg, 20 minutes

Museum of History

Houses a full-scale replica of the Benoist aircraft that made the nation’s first scheduled commercial flight in 1914, plus many artifacts from area history, including pre-Columbian, early Spanish, pioneer, Victorian and war items. St. Petersburg, 20 minutes

Museum of Fine Arts

Well known for its collection of French Impressionist paintings, this museum also houses outstanding holdings of ancient, Asian, pre-Columbian and American art as well as two interior gardens. The museum has one of the largest photography collections in Florida. St. Petersburg, 20 minutes

Chihuly Collection presented by Morean Arts Center

The gallery houses a permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork. The presentation is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose, so that the art and architecture work together to create a visitor experience unlike any other. The Collection is marked at the entrance by an iconic 20-foot sculpture created especially for the site. St. Petersburg, 20 minutes

Imagine Museum

Featuring a spectacular collection of contemporary glass art from around the world. Experience the evolution of the studio glass art movement of artists who have turned it into contemporary  masterpieces of color, motion, and light. Through carefully curated and immersive displays, the museum continuously endeavors to inspire, uplift and educate. St. Petersburg, 20 minutes

Florida Holocaust Museum

The fourth largest Holocaust museum in the country contains a collection of art, photographs and historical artifacts, which include the infamous Auschwitz Boxcar. Visitors may experience an interactive multimedia exhibit, visit the Library and Resource Center or reflect in the Meditation Court. St. Petersburg, 20 minutes

Great Explorations Children’s Museum

Tampa Bay’s first children’s museum supporting a safe, hands-on practical learning environment. The museum has been stimulating curiosity while enriching children through carefully curated learning experiences. St. Petersburg, 20 minutes

Museum of Science and Industry

Largest science center in the southeast and home of an IMAX domed theater. Over 450 hands-on activities, planetarium, space simulator, hurricane chamber and butterfly garden. Tampa, 45 minutes

The Ringling Museum

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art contains one of the world’s most important collections of Baroque art as well as Ruben’s “Triumph of the Eucharist” series. Also here is the Circus Museum’s memorabilia collection from “The Greatest Show on Earth,” and Ca’ d’Zan, the Ringling residence and one of America’s few private palaces. Sarasota, 45 minutes

Performing Arts & Entertainment

Duke Energy Center for the Arts

Mahaffey Theater – 2,030-seat concert hall for Florida Orchestra, Broadway and touring performances. Total seating capacity of arena – 8,400. St. Petersburg, 15 minutes

Ruth Eckerd Hall

2,100-seat center for performance by musical and national attractions. Clearwater, 35 minutes

The Straz Center for the Performing Arts

One of the finest performing arts centers in the nation and home to Patel Conservatory and Opera Tampa, the center features five distinct theaters, a Rehearsal Hall, beautiful Riverwalk, boutiques, three onsite restaurants and banquet facilities. Tampa, 35 minutes

The Coliseum

A 33,000 square foot grand ballroom with facilities. St. Petersburg, 15 minutes