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Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Categories: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
With masterpieces by Monet, Cezanne, and Renoir, plus thousands of objects from early antiquity to the present, Museum of Fine Arts houses one of the most comprehensive art collections in the state. Stroll through the two interior gardens, one of which is devoted to sculpture; visit the Steuben glass gallery; and examine one of the state’s most respected and extensive photography collections. Metered parking is available near the museum but is fairly limited, so be prepared to park farther away. Make Museum of Fine Arts a centerpiece of your St. Petersburg vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our St. Petersburg vacation trip planner.
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  • This a wonderful place to gaze upon works of art. Learning history of each piece and artistic design gave you a wealth of knowledge. Great for any art enthustist or anyone looking to learn something n...  read more »
  • What a treasure! The collection is not extensive but St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Arts maximizes its appeal with a wide variety of programs and special exhibits. The permanent collection is nicely ...  read more »
  • Very nice building and location! Their art collection was very poor, small and it was to dark in my opinion - at some some point we had to use a cellphone flash light on painting to see details... and...  read more »
  • $5 on Thursdays after 5PM is a fantastic deal. We come here about once a month. There is always something new to see. We love that we can take photos and sketch any of the exhibits. This is really helpful for my son who is autistic. Staff are helpful.
  • Beautiful museum. The area on the right was awesome. The seasonal exhibits in the left were nice, one was very odd and slightly distasteful but that's not the museum's fault.
  • First visit for my wife and I despite being lifelong Tampa residents. The location of the museum is a perfect launch point as it's close to all the retail shops and dining in downtown St Pete plus it overlooks the water and has a nice park adjacent to the building. You enter into a long hall like atrium where you purchase your tickets. The South wing of the building is where most of the exhibits are housed and they had a great mix of different types of art from room to room which really kept things pretty interesting and broke the mundane of just paintings. That day, the North wing had a separate exhibit of self portraits that was very interesting, I would say this museum is definitely worth the time and effort to see if you are in the area.
  • A hit and miss museum. On the right side is a very well laid out, organized, and interesting museum. On The left is a disorganized, not interesting(most times) museum. Its a shame becuase it is a proper museum, with improper execution.
  • Miscommunication by the greeters and rudeness by security led to the disappointing experience today. BackGround: we rode bikes to the museum. So I had my side bag on my person with a water and wrapped (heavily) in white paper some sausage from the Polish deli earlier (at this point i dont know about any food/drink policies). The white paper slightly sticks out of my side bag. Very slightly I must add. The greeters saw the water after we paid, said it must be checked in. I say, okay no problem, and that was that. But no where else is this exchange was it mentioned to us 'absolutely no outside food or drinks'. I assumed just the water. So i check it and we continue on. Now, the first issue we came across was right when we entered. We were approached by security, stopped, and questioned as to where our admission stickers were. We didn't have them b/c none were given and we assumed after you pay, none are needed. Ok, not a big deal, the greeters forgot. So we went back to get them. Their fault, again, no biggie, Mistakes happen. But that's still a very awkward start to a peaceful art experience. As we continue on through the exhibits, finally we are slowly getting into our personal groove (about 20 min later), another security person VERY RUDELY, says "WHATS IN THE BAG?!" Twice! Obviously not yelling but still very aggressive. There was no "excuse me miss" or a light tap on the shoulder. Instead we were questioned at a very rude moment. I was looking very deeply into a painting. I was so taken off guard that I didn't know he said 'bag' but I thought he said 'back'. I had an ecig in my back pocket so I answered 'ecig'. He then looked as me with that look you give a liar. It was very off putting. Once i realized he was talking about the white paper wrap, i told him what it was. But that doesnt negate the feeling he gave us in rudely, without any form of politeness, interrupting us in the museum. He proceeded to tell us, it must must be checked. Wtf! Im directly looking at another couple with a doggy bag of obvious food from a restaurant nearby. Now we at the opposite end of the museum and my patience is running thin. Theres also a private event hindering our movements throughout the museum and through the gift shop we have to go. It was the kind of experience that makes you want to get into art personally and paint to express your distaste, artfully, for others to enjoy. Granted the greeters were friendly and I'm sure wonderful people, but it's their job to prep us for whats ahead. Here's how EVERYTHING could have been avoided for the BETTER. Ready.... "Hello there, I see you have a water in your bag. Fortunately, we offer a check-in service while you walk through the museum. Any other outside food or drinks you may have will be kept safe and secure with our staff. Here are your admission stickers. Have a wonderful experience". BOOM! ALL CRISIS AVERTED AND NO RUDE SECURITY. BTW... Please tell your staff to work on being courteous. Aka, their approach and friendliness. I wasn't happy with him at all. He was the definition of rude. If you really want my opinion, the fine arts museum is only a step away from buying food sniffing guard dogs. He followed us all the way back and over my shoulder to make sure I checked it. Sounds like a dog to me. Maybe they don't understand the unique moments people have when exploring history and art. But mine was ruined at THIS moment exactly. At that point I said enough is enough and we left. I would also like to say after I explained that my vibe was ruined, the greeters gave us tickets to come back. For what its worth, its a nice gesture, but ultimately our experience ruined. For paying 17$ a person, you'd think you'd be given the information needed AT THE DOOR to have a pleasant experience. I don't know a single thing WE did wrong. We were simply misinformed.
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