16 Best Museums in St. Petersburg Florida + FREE Ticket Info

Looking for the best museums in St. Petersburg Florida? You have come to the right place for the top 16 museums in St Petersburg & Pinellas County.

While St. Petersburg is famous for its sun and beaches, you don’t want to miss some of the best museums in the world. One of the more famous being the The Salvador Dal Museum, which houses the largest collection of Salvador Dali art.

While some are not as famous, they offer a wide variety of offerings. Come along as we explore the best of what this area has to offer.

Want Free Museum Tickets?

With raising prices these days, it’s always helpful to know how to save! Most of the St. Petersburg museums offer a variety of discounts including military, AAA, seniors, and more. Here are a few helpful tips on how to score St Pete FREE museum day tickets.

Arts Alive! Annual Event – St Pete Free Museum Day is September 17, 2022

Each year the Smithsonian Magazine celebrates Museum Day by giving FREE entry at participating museums. This annual event occurs across the United States including a few located in St Petersburg & Tampa Bay.

For a current list of museums participating in Free Museum Day click here. Tickets and participating locations become available closer to the event. More details on participating locations can be found at St Pete’s Arts & Culture.

Free Museum Admission for Pinellas County Residents

Tip: If you are a Pinellas County resident, you are eligible to receive FREE museum tickets through the Pinellas County Library Cooperative. All St Petersburg and Pinellas County residents qualify!

The following Museums in St. Petersburg FL & Tampa offer FREE tickets:

Every week, a certain number of museum tickets become eligible to each Pinellas County Library. All you do from there is check it out with your library card. You have up to 1 week from the date of service to use it.

We LOVE that it covers the cost of admission for 2 adults and up to 3 kids in the same household. If you don’t use all of the passes, that’s OK too!

Many thanks to the Pinellas County Library Cooperative for providing this wonderful program. They also have a full list of other museums that qualify.

Free Museum Admission for Bank of America & Merrill Lynch Customers

For over 25 years, Bank of America customers have gained FREE access into some of the best museums across the United States. The “Museum on Us” program is available to all Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, or Bank of America (US Trust) credit or debit card holders.

The participating museums in St. Petersburg Florida (Pinellas County) are the Florida Holocaust Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Tip: Card holders outlined above are eligible for FREE general admission on the first full weekend of every month. To find participating museums across the United States, click here.


15 Best Museums in St. Petersburg Florida

The Dali Museum (Salvador Dali Museum)

The Dali is often considered the leader of the Best Museums in St. Petersburg Florida.  Look at this gorgeous exterior and right on the water.
The Dali Museum is known for its beautiful & unique architecture.

One of the most recognized buildings in St Petersburg is the Dali Museum. It reportedly cost over $30 million to build this awe-inspiring gem. It has a gorgeous spiral staircase and a glass entry that is referred to as the “enigma.” The Dali Museum is often considered the most well-known of the museums in St. Petersburg Florida.

Reynolds and Eleanor Morse began collecting Salvador Dali’s artwork in 1942, and now the museum library holds over 7,000 volumes of various collections.

Plan a minimum of 2 hours to see the museum. They also have a very nice gift shop, cafe, and garden. Take a few minutes to sit outside and enjoy the grounds and the gorgeous water views.

  • Hours: Open daily from 10am – 6pm
  • Tickets: Pricing varies – discounts and specials offered see website for details.
  • Address: 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Phone: (727) 823-3767
  • Website: The Dali Museum

The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art

Collectors, Thomas & Mary James of Raymond James Financial established one of the best western and wildlife art museums in the world.

This beautifully curated collection has thousands of pieces from the James’ private collection, including both contemporary and traditional themed works. In the foyer you will be impressed by a collection of statues of Native American Indians.

A portion of their website is dedicated to kids programs that include family art making, summer camp, and so much more. Cost is FREE through Pinellas County Libraries museum passes program.

  • Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm, and Tuesdays longer hours from 10am – 8pm.
  • Tickets: Tickets range from $15 & up for adults, children under 6 are FREE. Special pricing is offered on Tuesdays – $10 for adults, and children from 7-18 cost $5.
  • Address: 150 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Phone: (727) 892-4200
  • Website: The James Museum

Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg

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The Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg is a favorite art museum.

The art and architecture scene in St. Petersburg are incomplete if we don’t mention the grand dame of the bay, the majestic Museum of Fine Arts. Some refer to it as the “Mini MET.”

It contains everything from ancient artifacts from Mesopotamia to ancient Greek and Roman sculptures and pottery, African masks, sculptures, photography, and paintings. The collection spans 5,000 years of masterpieces. Favorites include works of art by Monet, Wiley, and O’Keeffe.

The location is ideal for exploring downtown and gorgeous Beach Drive. After the museum, enjoy a meal at one of our most loved restaurants, Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant or Parkshore Grill just steps away.

  • Hours: Monday – Closed; Tuesday – Wednesday 10am – 5pm; Thursday 10am – 8pm; Friday & Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 12pm – 5pm.
  • Tickets: Kids under age 6 are FREE, Adult pricing starts at $15
  • Address: 255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Phone: (727) 896-2667
  • Website: Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg

Great Explorations Children’s Museum

Founded in 1986, Great Explorations Childrens Museum has been providing education to kids in a hands-on environment for decades. This museum is attached to Sunken Gardens in St Petersburg.

Children can learn and play in a safe place dedicated to fun exploration. Here kids will learn about career skills such as fire fighter, doctor, meteorologist, chef, engineer, and a whole lot of super fun activities.

Great Explorations is one of our favorite kids things to do in St Petersburg! Cost is also FREE through Pinellas County Libraries museum passes program.

  • Hours: Monday – Saturday – 10:30am – 4pm; Sunday 12pm – 4pm
  • Tickets: Pricing for adults start at $11 and up, discounts offered for AAA, military, first responders, teachers, and more!
  • Address: 1925 4th Street N, St Petersburg, FL 33704
  • Phone: (727)821-8992
  • Website: Great Explorations Childrens Museum

Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

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Tampa Bay Automobile Museum is the best museum in St. Petersburg Florida for vintage cars.

If you love vintage cars, this unique and amazing collection is the perfect place for all car enthusiasts. Located in Pinellas Park, it is just a short drive from St. Petersburg. Here you will find cars from a variety of eras in this 19,000 square feet gallery space.

Many of the cars are one of a kind pieces, and all of them are refurbished and in driving shape. This not-for-profit is a family-friendly atmosphere. Plan to be here a minimum of 2 hours to see the 80+ cars on display.

  • Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4:30pm; Sundays 12 – 4:30pm; Monday & Tuesday – Closed.
  • Tickets: Adults $12 & Up
  • Address: 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd, Pinellas Park, FL 33782
  • Phone: (727) 579-8226
  • Website: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement

Best Museums in St. Petersburg Florida - you can't miss the massive Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement
The Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement – Street View

Collector & philanthropist, Rudy Cicciarello put together a one of a kind museum that is dedicated to arts and crafts.

This massive 137,000 square-foot architectural marvel is absolutely stunning from the outside. It is know wonder why it is a popular space for weddings and corporate events.

Three complete room installations are also available at the museum: a bedroom vignette featuring furnishings from Craftman and Roycroft; a house featuring a large stained-glass entrance with hand-carved panels; and a bathroom covered ceiling with mirrored walls.

You will be enchanted by the unique furniture, pottery, tiles, lighting, textiles, photography, fine arts, woodblocks, metalwork, period room installations, and more.

Note: Strollers and oversized bags or backpacks are not permitted in their galleries. Please reference their website for a full list of other items not allowed.

  • Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm; Sundays 12pm – 4pm.
  • Tickets: $20 & up for adults, and children under age 5 are FREE
  • Address: 355 4th Street N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Phone: (727)440-4859
  • Website: Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement

Imagine Museum in St. Petersburg

Best Museums in St. Petersburg Florida - Imagine Museum.
Imagine Museum is conveniently located on Central Avenue

Imagine Museum is renowned for its Contemporary gallery showcasing glass art. You will find some gorgeous and innovative pieces such as the spinning blocks and the mirror illusion.

They currently offer guided tours and a scavenger hunt. Plan to spend 1-2 hours in this 2-story art exhibition. Afterwards, you may want to grab lunch nearby at Casita Taqueria, one of my favorite places for Tacos in Tampa Bay.

Cost is FREE through Pinellas County Libraries museum passes program.

  • Hours: Monday – Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday – 10am – 5pm; Thursday 10am – 8pm; & Sundays 12pm – 5pm.
  • Tickets: Costs range from $7.50 and up for adults (discounts available)
  • Address: 1901 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
  • Phone: (727) 300-1700
  • Website: Imagine Museum in St. Petersburg

St Petersburg Museum of History

Best Museums in St. Petersburg Florida
Located ideally on the St Pete Pier

The St. Petersburg Museum of History is situated at the new St. Pete Pier District. For baseball fans, you will want to check out this museum.

The museum was created in 1920 by Mary Wheel Eaton of the St. Petersburg Memorial Historical Society. They provide a detailed history of the evolution of baseball.

The museum features many interesting things such as Schrader’s Little Cooperstown – the world’s most valuable baseball collectible. Flight One Gallery presents the world’s first commercial flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa from 1914.

  • Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 12pm – 5pm.
  • Tickets: Pricing starts at $12 and up.
  • Address: 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Phone: (727) 894-1052
  • Website: St. Petersburg Museum of History

The Florida Holocaust Museum

Florida Holocaust Museum is full of emotional history and artifacts.
Inside the Florida Holocaust Museum

Located in downtown St Petersburg, The Florida Holocaust Museum has been providing education for over 30+ years. Here you will find one of the best museums and collections on the Holocaust.

  • Hours: Tuesdays – Sundays from 10 am to 5pm. Last entrance at 4 pm.
  • Tickets: Pricing starts at $10 & up (see museum website for current fees).
  • Address: 55 5th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Phone: (727) 820-0100
  • Website: The Florida Holocaust Museum

Chihuly Collection at Morean Arts Center

Best Museums in St. Petersburg Florida - Chihuly has been a favorite for many years in downtown.
Chihuly Collection at Morean Arts in one of the top museums in St. Petersburg Florida

For those of you familiar with the Chihuly Collection, it was previously located on Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. In recent years, it has found a new home in Central Avenues Edge district.

Dale Chihuly, a renowned glass artist has a vast collection of beautiful works of art. The collection contains 18 impressive installations that include Float Boat and Ruby Ice. If you enjoy looking at colorful glass artwork, you will find some gorgeous pieces here.

  • Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm.
  • Tickets: Please visit their website for current pricing.
  • Address: 720 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Phone: (727) 896-4527
  • Website: Morean Arts Center (Dale Chihuly, Collection of Glass Art)

Gulf Beaches Historical Museum

Pass a grille museum located in the heart of town.  Gulf Beaches Historical Museum looks like an old church from the outside with it's triangular shaped roof.
Gulf Beaches Historical Museum is located steps away from Pass-a-Grille Beach.

Located in a former church on Pass-a-Grille, this quaint museum is open 3 days a week. Operated by a group of dedicated volunteers this museum tells the history of the barrier islands in a permanent collection from 1500 to present. You will get to view local Florida maps, photographs, artifacts, WWII exhibit, and history on the Don CeSar Hotel.

This is a fun place to visit when going to Pass-a-Grille beach. Beat the heat for an hour, and tour this lovely small museum that is FREE to the public. A complimentary parking pass may be provided for 1-hour by the museum.

  • Hours: Friday – Saturday 10am – 4pm; Sunday 1 – 4pm.
  • Tickets: FREE (Donations are accepted)
  • Address: 115 110th Avenue, St Pete Beach, FL 33706
  • Phone: (727) 552-1610
  • Website: Gulf Beaches Historical Museum

Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center

Best Museums in St. Petersburg Florida - the picture is taken from the museum on the st pete pier.
Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center is a ideal place to take the family in St Petersburg Florida.

Located on the St Pete Pier in downtown, Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center is a nonprofit founded in 1993 that focuses on Tampa Bay’s estuary. Here you can explore interactive displays, educational tours, and even a wet classroom with outdoor demonstrations on the observation deck.

Beyond the museum, they also offer eco-tours. Discover the St. Petersburg ecosystem on board a boat with an expert marine science educator. These certified Eco-vessel tours are family-friendly and are even great school field trips. Sunset cruises and private tours are available as well.

Pricing is very reasonable, and we love that the proceeds are used to support environmental restoration at Tampa Bay Watch.

Kids love this hands-on museum experience. Afterwards, you will want to check out the splash pad and playground, all located at the St Pete Pier. For adults, there are plenty of things to do including restaurants, shops, and more!

  • Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am – 5pm; Friday & Saturday 10am – 7pm; Sunday 10am – 6pm.
  • Tickets: Pricing starts at $3 & up for adults; Children ages 3 and under are FREE
  • Address: 700 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Phone: (727) 291-4103
  • Website: Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

Leepa-Rattner Museum of inside the museum, paintings and more to see.
Photo by Travel Gurl: Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

Located on the campus of St. Petersburg College in Tarpon Springs, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is a collection of more than 6,000 modern and contemporary pieces. We consider it one of the best free museums in St. Petersburg Florida located in Pinellas County (just outside of St Pete).

We love that it is FREE to tour, and it is an educational place to take the family. The museum is small, and will take about 1 hour to see it.

Plan to eat before or after your visit since there is no food within the museum. No worries on the lack of food, since the city of Tarpon Springs has plenty of restaurants! Head north from the museum to see the historic Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks and partake in the delicious Greek fare.

  • Hours: Mondays – Closed; Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 1pm – 5pm.
  • Tickets: FREE Admission
  • Address: 600 E Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
  • Phone: (727) 712-5762
  • Website: Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

Dunedin History Museum

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Dunedin History Museum – Museums in St. Petersburg Florida

The Dunedin History Museum is one of the best museums in St. Petersburg Florida (Pinellas County). It is located in an old railroad depot in the charming town of Dunedin.

This 501(c)(3) museum has over 2,000 artifacts, newspaper collections, and photographs.

You will find old weather forecast machinery, city history, and plenty of railroad and citrus industry equipment and devices. Some of the permanent collection also includes an alligator tank used by the US Marines.

One of the newest exhibits is “Florida Foodways” that gives details and misconceptions on Florida food. Who knew oranges were not native to Florida?

If you haven’t explored the enchanting town of Dunedin. This is your perfect opportunity! Take advantage of the FREE museum tickets from the library, and tour the beautiful city on the water.

While in town check out the local craft breweries including Dunedin Brewery. Or if you are with the family, get ice cream at Strachan’s Ice Cream.

  • Hours: Sunday & Monday – Closed; Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm.
  • Tickets: $5 for adults, kids are FREE
  • Address: 349 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698
  • Phone: (727) 736-1176
  • Website: Dunedin History Museum

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum
Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum specializes in Black history.

This hidden gem is a lovely place to visit for African American history. It provides an educational journey and is an ideal museum to visit for Black History Month (especially since Dr. Carter G. Woodson is the founding Father).

We love that admission and parking is FREE. Here you will find a variety of things to see from musical performances, art exhibits, and historical discussions.

  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12pm – 5pm; Closed – Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
  • Tickets: FREE (Donations are appreciated)
  • Address: 2240 9th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Phone: (727)323-1104
  • Website: Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

Heritage Village

Heritage Village Largo
Heritage Village Largo

This indoor and outdoor museum is a true hidden hem in Pinellas County. Located in Largo, it is just a quick drive from St. Petersburg. Here you can enjoy a day visiting authentic historical buildings, trains, and more.

Check out our Heritage Village article, that covers all of our favorite things to do and key details.

  • Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm: Sunday 1pm – 4pm
  • Tickets: FREE (Donations are appreciated)
  • Address: 11909 125th Street North, Largo, FL 33774
  • Phone: (727) 582-2123
  • Website: Heritage Village

Final Thoughts on the Museums in St. Petersburg Florida

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11 thoughts on “16 Best Museums in St. Petersburg Florida + FREE Ticket Info”

  1. Wow – there are so many neat museums in St. Petersburg. When we visit we are definitely checking out the Dali Museum. I love his art. Thanks for sharing. Great tips for getting free admission places.

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  2. Wow, all these museums look amazing, but I would certainly start with the Dali museum and work my way down the list. Thank you for putting this together and sharing all this useful information!

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  3. I had no idea there were so many museums in the St Petersburgh area. A good way to take a break from the beach and the sun. And even better that there are way to visit some for free. With such a great variety of museums, there is something for everyone!

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  4. How amazing that you can have the opportunity to visit all these great museums for free! That’s something I’d love to take advantage of! Most of the museums in the UK are free to visit, and I’m always amazed at by how much there is to see and learn there without having to pay anything! The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement looks right up my street! I’d definitely start my visit there! I’d also love to see the Chihuly Collection, I love the colourful glasswork! Thanks for the great guide!

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  5. I had no idea there were so many amazing museums there! I would go to the Dali Museum first for sure. I also love how some of them provide discounted admission for Bank of America customers!

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