St. Petersburg Museums & History

St. Petersburg Museums & HistoryWhen you're in St. Petersburg, the area's dazzling natural beauty looks amazing from virtually every vantage point - even when looking back! Looking back at history, that is. Retrace some of the area's most significant events through truly timeless museums and attractions that feature art, history and nature. The variety of exhibits will give you a more focused perspective of St. Petersburg's past that will clearly move you to look forward with a deeper sense of appreciation for one of Florida's most popular cities.

The Salvador Dali Museum came to be a part of St. Petersburg's family of museums thanks to the tireless work of A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse who were friends of Dali and meticulously compiled as much of his work as their home could hold. When they ran out of room, the idea for this amazing venue came to fruition. It opened its doors in 1982 and has since offered visitors a highly compelling look at the life and work of this true artistic genius. See hundreds of drawings, oils, sculptures, watercolors, posters, photos and graphics that are unmistakably Dali.

Address: 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 - MAP
Phone: (727) 823-3767
Web: www.thedali.org

While the Florida International Museum features exhibits that span across various phases of history, visitors who remember the 60s will be most impressed with the venue's special presentations that detail the presidency of John F. Kennedy and the mystique of his First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. In addition to detailing the Cuban Missile Crisis in a separate exhibit, you will also be able to take in additional exhibits that depict historical periods of Ancient Egypt, Czarist Russia and the era of the Titanic.

Address: 244 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg College Downtown Center, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 - MAP
Phone: (727) 341-7900
Web: www.floridamuseum.org

Many say that the only way to change the future is to learn from our past mistakes, and that is exactly what the Florida Holocaust Museum aims to do. Instead of focusing on past transgressions and the severity and cruelty of what went on, the museum aims to underscore the spirit of perseverance and quest for freedom that these dramatic exhibits illustrate. There are various historical papers, photographs, and other objects that tell this solemn story. Perhaps the most sobering exhibit is an actual boxcar that shuttled prisoners to the concentration camps.

Address: 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 - MAP
Phone: (727) 820-0100
Web: www.flholocaustmuseum.org

Celebrate art from various historical eras when you visit the Museum of Fine Arts. This highly-regarded museum is home to an unprecedented collection of work that includes paintings, glassworks, decorative objects, photography and antiques. See pieces that span all the way from the Classical world right up to the present day. A special emphasis is placed on exhibits that feature 19th century French and American artwork as well as Asian art, pre-Columbian works and an amazing sculpture garden. Plus, there is often chamber music played live in the museum that will most definitely add a truly classic air to your visit.

Address: 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 - MAP
Phone: (727) 896-2667
Web: www.fine-arts.org

It's truly a rare treat when a specific geographical area has its history captured as vividly as it is at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Beginning with the early Native American settlers to the nation's first commercial aircraft, the stories of Pinellas County all come alive quite vividly in this highly engaging museum. You can also trace the fashions and trends of yesteryear with various period costumes and artifacts that echo historical events and pop culture moments quite distinctly. You can also see a mummy, a trolley car, and various other items that have contributed to the area's unique identity.

Address: 335 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 - MAP
Phone: (727) 894-1052
Web: www.spmoh.org

Sometimes, when we move too fast into the future, we tend to ignore certain things that are definitely worth keeping. Thankfully, some of yesterday's structures have survived and are proudly on display at Heritage Village. These structures were supposed to be demolished as Pinellas County grew, but over two dozen buildings have been salvaged and restored to create this interesting 21-acre site. Some of the buildings that date back to the 19th century include a store, a church, a school, a courthouse and many private residences. Get an added perspective when you visit the county's Historical Museum that is also on site and features historical documents, photos, and artifacts.

Address: 11909 125th Street N, Largo, FL 33774 - MAP
Phone: (727) 582-2123
Web: www.pinellascounty.org