The St Petersburg museums figure among the top attractions in town, and you'll do well to visit more than one of them when in the area. For art enthusiasts, the Salvador Dali Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts are not to be missed, while baseball fans won't want to pass on the chance to visit the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame. These are just some of the museums in St Petersburg that deserve some of your time, regardless of how much of an enthusiast you are when it comes to art or baseball. There are others that you'll want to consider as well when looking for interesting things to do in St Petersburg.
Salvador Dali Museum
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The Salvador Dali Museum in downtown St Petersburg is about as good as art museums get. Here, you can view the most comprehensive collection of works by Dali himself, including six of the Spanish surrealist's masterworks. No less than 96 oil paintings figure among the pieces that are on exhibit at the Salvador Dali Museum, and they do well to offer a comprehensive overview of the painter's work. Free tours are offered throughout the day here, and they are recommended if you want insight into the numerous works of art on display. The Salvador Dali Museum isn't too far south of the famous St Petersburg Pier, so you might look to include both attractions on your day's itinerary. You can also combine a visit to the Pier with a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, which can be found right next to the base of the Pier.
Museum of Fine Arts
One of the best museums in St Petersburg, the Museum of Fine Arts is definitely fine. The collection of art at this waterfront museum includes American and European works, not to mention some fascinating pre-Columbian and Far Eastern offerings. In addition to an excellent permanent collection that features works by such renowned artists as Monet and Cezanne, the Museum of Fine Arts also hosts some fantastic temporary exhibits throughout the year. It's not all about art when it comes to the St Petersburg museums, though you can definitely get your fill of art if that's what you have in mind. The Florida International Museum, which can be found at St Petersburg College, offers some more contemporary works of art, most of which are by artists who hail from Florida and other parts of the South.
Great Explorations Children's Museum
For those who are planning a St Petersburg family vacation, the Great Explorations Children's Museum is an attraction worth keeping in mind. Found downtown at 1925 Fourth Street N., this wonderland for kids and adults alike features some fun interactive exhibits that are bound to please. At the fire station exhibit, kids can view a fire engine up close, slide down a fire pole, and even put on some child-size firefighter equipment. Another exhibit here teaches youngsters about good nutrition, and you can even create an animated short film during your visit. That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the exhibits at Great Explorations.
Florida Holocaust Museum
If you are interested in local history, the Florida Holocaust Museum deserves some of your time when in the St Petersburg area. This museum offers insight into one of recent history's darkest topics. The intent is to promote tolerance, as well as foster understanding when it comes to other peoples and cultures. Some of the things on display here include a boxcar that was used to transport Jewish prisoners to Auschwitz, and an exhibit that revolves around Jewish life before the onset of the Holocaust itself. History buffs should also find favor with a visit to the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum in St Pete Beach if they are looking for St Petersburg museums to add to the agenda. As for those who like plants, Sunken Gardens, which is a living museum, shouldn't fail to impress.
Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame
There's something for everyone when it comes to the museums in St Petersburg, and you're encouraged to weigh all of the options when looking for your ideal match. Don't forget about the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame if you're a sports fan. Found at Tropicana Field, this baseball museum revolves mostly around the life and career of Ted Williams, who is widely considered to be the best hitter who ever lived. There are also exhibits here that take a look at some of the other all time greats, such as Joe Dimaggio and Willie Mays.