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255 Beach Dr NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701
255 Beach Drive NortheastUSFloridaSaint Petersburg33701
(727) 896-2667fine-arts.org
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The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most beautiful museums in the Southeast. The collection has over 14,000 objects extending from antiquity to the present day.
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Exhibits spanning 4,000 years, including African art, European paintings & American photography.- Google
"The museum also has some good traveling exhibits and a great gift shop."
"The Museum of Fine arts would be my last choice of those mentioned above."
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Ric Rini
a month ago
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.
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Monika Paradox
2 months ago
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. <~~ If any of this info was given at the start, none of this would have happened and we wouldn't have looked like jackasses, 3x. We were doomed for failure. The 2 stars would have been a 5 if not for this. We didnt finish the museum.
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Travis Sherman
a year ago
To me, this museum is a perfect size and has a perfect variety of art. Its many small rooms each offer a special feel, and you can wander comfortably from one chamber to the next enjoying each by turn. I always find something very special in each one, some surprise, even though I've been many times. The traveling collections offer something interesting and keep regular visits fresh. I love the renovation, and esp. the creation of the new ceramics room, mixing ancient Greek with modern Chinese with Victorian, etc., like a tasty salad.
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Hampton Lamoureux
a year ago
It's always a pleasure going to the MFA. For a relatively small museum in a small city, it has art that spans throughout human history, from early American natives to modern art. If you think the variety is slim here, you have not ventured throughout the entire museum. I also love the new exhibits they have as well, which I guess change either monthly or every couple months. I definitely would recommend this museum!
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Arvin Suarez
a week ago
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.
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Joe Wehry
12 months ago
World-class art from a variety of periods and styles is perfectly arranged with good signage. The museum is very easy to navigate; you won't get lost in a maze. If you take advantage of the decent cafe and gift shop, you could make this an all-day event. Interesting lecture series too.
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Vicki Kananen
a year ago
Yesterday, 3/13/15, I visited the MFA for my 8th Art in Bloom exhibit. The art was wonderful as usual, however I was dismayed that this year the floral arrangements did not include a note of explanation from the artist regarding their interpretation of the fine art piece as in years past. This was the first time I attended on a Friday (usually Mondays) and I know the artists are there in person on Sunday so maybe that is when these notes are placed. Either way, I was very disappointed not to have them. It won't preclude me from going next year!!
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zoe zhou
3 months ago
The guided tour was knowledgeable.

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