Museums have offered people a unique way of learning about specific subjects in great detail. In today’s age, we have information readily available at the tip of our fingers so it’s easy to just do a quick search online when we want to know something. However, museums allows us to physically see and interact with the specific pieces of art and history.
There’s also the added benefit of having a museum tour guide to make the visit more interactive and fun.
Good thing St. Petersburg is filled with various types of museums and not short of its fair share of history. Most of the things to do in St. Pete are outdoors which means most things free however with the museums there are definitely ways to get some discounts.
In this post, we share with you the 7 best museums to check out in St. Pete.
Map of Museums
The map below shows the locations of the museums mentioned in this post.
The Best Museums in St Pete
Dr. Carter G. Woodson
African American Museum
Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum is a history museum that presents a historic voice for St. Petersburg, Florida. Located in the midtown area of St. Pete and only about a 3 min drive from Tropicana Field.
The museum features a rich history in African American culture and how early settlers helped developed this area into the tourist attraction it is today. Another key feature about this museum is that it can be rented out as a venue for events, meetings, and even weddings.
Location: 2240 9th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
The Florida Holocaust Museum
Voted #1 museum to visit in St. Petersburg & Clearwater by USA Today. The Florida Holocaust Museum has been telling the stories of millions who suffered and died during the Holocaust through personal testimonies, official documentations, photographs and artifacts of individual narratives.
The museum also features one of the kind artifacts from the Holocaust and traveling exhibitions through art and history. One of three Holocaust Museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum uses the lessons of the past to help create a better future for all.
Price: $16 Adults, $14 Seniors (65+), $10 College Students, $10 Veterans, Students under 18 – $8 (general visitors), Free Admission: Active U.S. Military, The FHM members, USF students with ID, children 6 and under
Location: 55 5th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: The Florida Holocaust Museum
Museum of Fine Arts
St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Arts mission statement is to engage, educate and excite the community by collecting, exhibiting, and preserving works of art for the enjoyment of all. This museum was founded by Margaret Acheson Stuart and became a public landmark in 1965 as the first fine arts museum in St. Petersburg on the downtown waterfront.
When you visit, you’re definitely not suppose to touch the artwork. It’s the first question in their FAQ. If you’re wondering about if you’re able to get your artwork displayed or maybe host a private event. Then you’ll want to check here.
Price: $20 Adults, $15 Senior (65+), $15 Military, $15 FL Educators, $15 College Students, $10 Child (7-17), Free for Members and Children 6 & under)
Location: 255 Beach Dr NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg
The Dali Museum (Salvador Dali Museum)
Update: A Guide to the Dali Museum
We’ve got an updated guide from a local guest in the area.
The Dali Museum is unofficially the heart of the fine arts in the Tampa Bay area since 1982. In 2011, the debut of the new design has been a contribution cultural renaissance.
The museum cares for and shares an expertly curated collection of Salvador Dali’s life’s work and preserving his legacy for generations to come. Built to honor one (extraordinary) person’s vision, talent, and life. There are collections that may be curated to showcase styles, media, historical timelines, themes or the life & the work of Salvador Dali.
The Dalí is open daily from Sundays – Tuesdays 10am-6pm and then Wednesdays – Saturdays 10am-9pm.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to get your tickets in advance. Not something you can just show up to and squeeze on through. (I tried)
Price: $25 Adults, $23 Seniors (65+), $18 Students (HS & College), $10 Youths (6-12), Free for Children 6 and under
Special pricing runs on Thursday after 5PM: $12.50 Adults, Seniors, & Teens; $8 Children (6-12), Free Children 5 and under
Location: 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: The Dali Museum
Imagine Museum: Contemporary Glass Art
Imagine Museum is a one of a kind glass museum that featuring a comprehensive collection from the American and International glass art movements. In 2016, Trish Duggan was determined to open a museum as a way to back to her community. She to put together a collection of artworks and promote an experience that would inspire, uplift and educate.
The collection has now expanded 1,500 amazing contemporary glass art works representing artists from America, Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Australia, and there’s much more.
Price: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors (65+), $13 Military, $10 Students, Free for Children 6 and under
Special: Sundays until April $5 per person
Location: 1901 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33713
St. Petersburg Museum of History
The St. Petersburg Museum of History aims to collect, preserve and communicate the history and heritage of the Sunshine City. From historical themed parties, concerts, and private events, the museum has a way to engage people of all ages.
The Museum is best known for its Lark of Duluth exhibit, a Benoist XIV biplane seaplane that marked the beginning of the era of air travel. The SPMOH tells an incredible story of the transformation of St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas.
Price: $15 Adults, $12 Seniors (65+), $9 Veterans, $9 Teachers & Students, $9 Teen, Free for Children 6 and under
Location: 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: St. Petersburg Museum of History
The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art
The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art has a deep rooted passion for the arts and culture that’s in St. Petersburg, just like the founders Tom and Mary James. The couple first started buying masterpieces from artists for a personal pleasure but also as a way to help artists earn a living.
Since their first acquisition, a large artistic legacy has grown — one populated by emerging artists and living legends and filled with tribal tradition and classical finesse. Tom and Mary have succeed in their aim to share their vision, passion, and devotion to the arts.
Price: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors (65+), $15 Students & Teachers, $15 Active Military, $10 Teens, Free for Members and children 6 & under
Special Pricing: Every Tuesday – $10 Adults, $5 Teens
Location: 150 Central Ave St. Petersburg, FL 33701