Opened to the public in 1965, the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts displays thousands of objects that date from early antiquity to the present day and is one of the most comprehensive art collections on Florida’s west coast. Established by Margaret Acheson Stuart, the museum reflects her vision of providing outstanding examples of world art in an inviting, elegant setting. Dedicated to pursuing excellence in art for its diverse audiences, highlights of the collection include masterpieces from Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and other masters, a sculpture garden, a Steuben glass gallery and an expansive photography collection. With an expansion that doubled the size of the museum in 2008, the Museum of Fine Arts now boasts a café, larger library and museum shop.
The Museum of Fine Arts is open every day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Daily Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; the museum is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and is open from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays. The last admission ticket is sold at 5:15 p.m. General admission is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older and special rates for children and students. Admission after 5 p.m. on Thursday is $5.