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10 Museums Worth Visiting in St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

It has often been said that in order to appreciate the present, we must look into the past. Whether or not this is true, museum-hopping can be fun - and doesn't have be to saved just for rainy days.   

The St. Petersburg-Clearwater area has much to explore - even if you aren't a history buff - with choices ranging from the poignant to the playful.

One of the most impressive is the Florida Holocaust Museum, where that sad chapter in history is reverently honored. 

Another excellent choice - the Armed Forces Military Museum - pays tribute to the men and women who served, highlighting, preserving and remembering the sacrifices they made for our freedom.

Other repositories of the past, such as: the St. Petersburg Museum of History, Dunedin Historical Museum and Gulf Beaches Historical Museum showcase area history in a comprehensive time capsule.

Art lovers will appreciate the Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and Leepa-Ratner Museum of Art.

For something more whimsical, automobile aficionados shouldn't miss the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum's large collection of vintage vehicles from Europe and the US.

For a proverbial "beach community," this area has an impressive number of options.

Gulf Beaches Historical Museum
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Proof that great treasures often come in small packages can be found in this small museum tucked into Pass-a-Grille's National Historic District. Built in 1917 as the first church on the area's barrier islands, it served as such until 1959, when...  Read More

Dunedin Historical Museum
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Located in the former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot, this museum has been consistently named "Best Historical Museum in the Tampa Bay Area" by Tampa Bay Magazine. The building itself - built in 1924 - has been transformed into a charming...  Read More

Leepa Ratner Museum of Art
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Opened in 2002 on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art was named for art donors Allen and Isabelle Leepa and artist Abraham Rattner. Showcasing 20th and 21st century modern and contemporary art, it...  Read More

Great Explorations Children's Museum
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Since 1987 this popular non-profit organization has been wowing children 10 and under with a veritable treasure trove of activities and exhibits. Spread throughout its 24,000 feet of "learning space," are exhibits and programs encouraging kids...  Read More

Tampa Bay Automobile Museum
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Automobile enthusiasts of all ages will appreciate the display of 70 vintage cars on parade as part of the private collection of French entrepreneur Alain Cerf and his family. Amassed over a period of 30 years, the exhibit contains mainly...  Read More

St Petersburg Museum of History
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Lending credence that often, good things come in small packages, the St. Petersburg Museum of History is a veritable time capsule of local lore tucked into a scenic downtown venue. The oldest museum in the city, it houses a collection of...  Read More

Armed Forces Military Museum
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Military history is on parade in the beautifully appointed Armed Forces Military Museum. Open since 2008, the museum honors all branches of the service, showcasing 100,000 artifacts and 50 operational vehicles set in 50,000 sq ft of space....  Read More

Museum of Fine Arts
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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...  Read More

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The Dali Museum
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Located along St Petersburg's scenic waterfront, The Dali Museum is home to an important collection of Salvador Dali's art, spanning his lifetime. The dazzling building itself is a masterpiece with more than 1,000 triangular-shaped glass panels...  Read More

Florida Holocaust Museum
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Man's inhumanity to man is poignantly on display in the tastefully appointed Florida Holocaust Museum in St Petersburg. Founded in 1989 by Holocaust survivor Walter P. Loebenberg, the museum showcases the tragic plight of Holocaust victims via a...  Read More


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