The most comprehensive art collection––extending from antiquity to the present––on the Florida west coast can be found at MoFA, which recently underwent an expansion. A new two-story building opened in March 2008 and sits adjacent to the original building on Beach Drive. The new addition includes Special Exhibition Galleries, a classroom, the Interactive Education Gallery, library, Museum Store, and the MFA Café. Don’t miss the incredible Kapok tree planted near the museum’s entrance; native to northern South America, these tropical trees grow to 60–70 feet and produce large, red flowers. Inside, you’ll find a rich permanent collection of European and American art, photography, Greek and Roman antiquities, and Pre-Columbian and Asian art including Monet’s Parliament, Effect of Fog (1904) and Georgia O’Keefe’s Poppy (1927).
St . Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Yes
- Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 1pm–5pm, closed Mondays.
- Admission: $12, seniors (65+) $10, youth (6-18) and college students $6, members and children under 6 are free
- Basic Tour: Free docent-led tours are available Tuesday–Saturday at: 11:15am and 2pm, Sundays at 2pm.
- Subscription/Memberships: Subscription/Membership: Individual Membership is $50. All members enjoy unlimited free admission to the museum, invitations to previews of new exhibitions and advance announcements of concerts, lectures, and educational programs, use of the museum’s art reference library, as well as Reciprocal admission to many esteemed Southern Museums (53 in total). Discount membership for students ($25) and educators ($35) is available. Other benefits: Members at the Patron Level ($150) and above receive other exclusive benefits, such as invitations to receptions and an increase in the number of Reciprocal Museum Memberships.