Opened in 1965 the Museum of Fine Arts features thousands of art objects spanning early antiquity to the present in one of the finest art collections on Florida's West Coast. Founded by Margaret Acheson Stuart, it was the first art museum in St Petersburg to be located along the downtown waterfront. It features a comprehensive permanent exhibit as well as varied slate of traveling shows. Art, artifacts and majestic sculptures hail from ancient Greece, Rome, Asia and South America. Masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, Whistler, Cézanne, O'Keeffe and others lead the list of artists on display. Perhaps the area's best kept dining secret is the MFA Café, which serves a full seasonal menu with fresh salads, sandwiches, soups and desserts for lunch Tues. - Fri 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and brunch Sat. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
255 Beach Dr NE
St. Petersburg / Clearwater, FL
Museums: "On Thursdays, entrance is $5 starting at 5 p.m."
Best for Museums Because: It boasts one of the finest art and artifact collections on Florida's west coast.