The Shine’s On The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Posted On 06/05/2017 by St. Pete Chamber
In 1965, the first art museum in St. Petersburg opened on the waterfront. The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (MFA) was founded by St. Pete art collector and philanthropist, Margaret Acheson Stuart (1896-1980) in 1965. Mrs. Stuart had a vision to provide outstanding examples of world art and cultures in an inviting and elegant setting. Keeping the galleries intimately scaled was key element to the guest experience, which was important to the museum’s founder.

​The Museum of Fine Arts is the only encyclopedic museum in the area with over 20,000 works of art representing 4,500 years of history. The MFA also houses a photography collection that is considered to be the largest in the Southeast. Some Museum highlights include masterpieces from Monet, O’Keeffe, De Koonig, a sculpture garden and a Steuben glass gallery.

Tech, Shopping and Celebrations

​Explore the MFA in a whole new context with their free mobile app, Viewpoint. Use it as you browse the Museum’s collection to learn more about each painting and sculpture, all at the touch of a button.

​​Named “Best Museum Gift Shop” by Tampa Bay Magazine for 2 years in a row, the Museum Store offers a unique shopping experience featuring works by local and regional artists. Guests will be sure to take a memorable piece of art or souvenir home to commemorate their experience.

​Voted the #1 most desirable location for a wedding reception in Florida by, the MFA is an elegant and unique location for special events. Contact the Museum to book your next company or personal event in one of the MFA’s classic spaces including a lush garden, elegant ballroom or the breathtaking conservatory.


Beer Project
This Friday, June 9th, the 3rd Annual Beer Project returns to the MFA. The fundraiser aims to conserve works of art and features beers from fifteen area craft brewers, a revolving tattoo parlor, beer lounges and live paintings. Tickets are $45 for MFA members; non-members pay $60 in advance and $75 at the door. Click here to learn more.