Not too far from Anna Maria Island, the Museum of Fine Arts is located in St. Petersburg, Florida, in the heart of downtown’s scenic waterfront. Its permanent collection contains a variety of objects from 4,500 years of civilization and is the only collection of its kind on Florida’s West Coast.
The purpose of the museum is to increase and diffuse knowledge and appreciation of art, to collect and preserve objects of artistic interest and merit, to protect works of art, to provide facilities for research, and to offer instruction and opportunities for aesthetic enjoyment of art.
The museum’s permanent collection includes works from all over the world including Europe, American, ancient Greek and Roman, Pre-Columbian and Asian. Some of the highlights include masterpieces from Monet, Cezanne, Renior, a Stuben glass gallery and a respectable photography collection. The museum also has different exhibitions that change constantly so there is always something new to see.
The museum is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums Association. NARM is an affiliation of arts and cultural institutions across North America, including the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Individuals who join a participating NARM institution can receive free admission/discounts at over 650 institutions. Additional regional institutions in NARM include the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, The Ringling, The Dali Museum and the Florida Holocaust Museum.