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Tampa Bay for Art Lovers

Art lovers looking for things to do in Tampa Bay, Florida, have their pick of dozens of fine-art galleries and museums spanning the genres of classic, atiquity, modern, contemporary and surrealism. Visiting patrons might be surprised to learn the Tampa Bay area is a hot spot for local and internationally renowned street muralists or that St. Petersburg is home to the nation's largest collection of works by master surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. Plus, the downtown arts district is bursting with creativity thanks to the Tampa Museum of Art and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, whose buildings are works of art in and of themselves.

Here are the top spots to visit for fine art in Tampa Bay.

Dalí Museum

The world’s most comprehensive collection of works done by Spanish artist Salvador Dalí from 1914 to 1980 includes small impressionistic pieces to giant surrealistic montages. The museum includes sculptures and other works that illustrate Dalí’s versatility, plus other exhibits relating to his life.

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA)

Dedicated to exhibiting important photographic arts as central to contemporary life and culture, the museum is housed on the second and third floors of the Cube, a six-story atrium recognized as one of the most impressive architectural spaces in Florida. Open daily; docent tours Su at 2 pm.

Tampa Museum of Art

The region’s largest museum devoted to contemporary and modern art, Tampa Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of antiquities and world-class traveling exhibitions inside an award-winning building and cafe. Open M-W, F-Su 10 am-5 pm; Th 10 am-8 pm. $15 (adults); $5 (students).   

Museum of Fine Arts

The museum’s comprehensive collection includes European, American, Asian and African works. Highlights are French Impressionist paintings, modern photographs and Steuben glass. Open daily. 

Henry B. Plant Museum

Plant built the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, which, with its Moorish architecture, lavish furnishings and rich gardens, attracted the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Babe Ruth and Sarah Bernhardt. Since 1933, the National Historic Landmark has been home to both the Plant Museum and The University of Tampa.

Morean Arts Center Glass Studio & Hot Shop

Be sure to visit the Glass Studio & Hot Shop at the Morean Arts Center for a unique opportunity to see firsthand how resident glass artists create amazing works of art with blown glass. All the pieces created in the studio are for sale in the Hot Shop Store located adjacent the glass studio.

SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival

Held each September, SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival transforms the city's streetscapes into a curated, open-air museum showcasing large-scale murals by internationally renowned and local artists. With additional art exhibits and events throughout the city, SHINE not only helps St.

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

Located in St. Petersburg College, the 20th- and 21st-century collection houses 6,000 pieces, including works by Picasso, Rouault and Chagall. Open Tu-Su. $10 adults; $8 seniors, free for members, students with ID, children 17 and under, and active military. 

Florida CraftArt

A gallery for established and emerging fine crafts artists, Florida CraftArt is a statewide, nonprofit organization that showcases the talent of fine crafts in exhibitions, educational programs and workshops. With a vast array of items on display, this gallery is sure to satisfy all artistic tastes.