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Tampa Art Museums: Art Museums Around Tampa

Below are our Tampa Art Museum recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, museum history and other points of interest in Tampa Art.

Salvador Dali Museum (The Dali Museum)

A mecca for Surrealist art fans, the Salvador Dalí Museum houses the most comprehensive collection of the renowned Spanish artist’s work in the world. The collection was compiled by A. Reynolds Morse and Eleanor Morse over a 45-year period and includes 96 oil paintings spanning from 1917 to 1970; 100 watercolors and drawings; 1,300 graphics, photographs, sculptures and objects d’art; and an extensive archival library.

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St . Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA)

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 …more…

Tampa Museum of Art

The Tampa Museum of Art (TMA) opened in 1979, though its origins date further back to 1964, when a public/private partnership was formed between the City of Tampa and a number of local community arts organizations, resulting in the formation of the Tampa Museum Foundation.  The original museum was housed on Tampa’s riverfront behind the convention center, but in 2010 …more…

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (The Ringling)

In 1911, John Ringling (of Ringling Bros. Circus fame) and his wife, Mable, purchased twenty acres of waterfront property in Sarasota. Today, that investment welcomes visitors from around the globe with fine art, historic mansion, two circus museums, and a jewel-box of a theater—all on the gorgeous and well-preserved waterfront grounds. The art museum features Old Masters from the Ringlings’ personal collection, including Rubens, …more…