Explore the art and history of St. Pete with Free Museum Day – The Crow’s Nest at USF St. Petersburg

From a 3,000-year-old mummy to melting clocks; Here’s a guide to Free Museums Day 2022.

Courtesy of Aubrey Carr | The crow’s nest

There’s always something to do in St. Petersburg, and with Free Museum Day coming up, students can take their own tours through local art and history for free.

Thanks to “Arts Alive!” in St. Petersburg celebration in connection with Smithsonian Magazineresidents of St. Petersburg can visit several of the city’s museums for free tomorrow.

Deciding which of these museums to explore in just one day can be daunting, but luckily the guide below provides all the ins and outs of the collections involved.

Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg

First, The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg hosts a wide range of eras and genres, including historical works such as Egyptian funerary masks, Baroque Catholic iconography, and Buddhist statues.

Don’t let their respect for the classics fool you, as the curators also shine a spotlight on newer works of art. Gio Swaby’s striking portraits are currently on display in her ‘Fresh Up’ collection, showcasing her appreciation of the female form and her ingenuity with pattern.

You will have the opportunity to view all of these works from 10 am to 3 pm at 255 Beach Dr. NO.

Historical Museum in St. Petersburg

If local history is more your thing, don’t miss the History Museum in St. Petersburg.

Established in 1921, the showcase of local artifacts takes its visitors through the birth of commercial flight and baseball, as well as through industrialization, creating what we now know as Central Avenue.

If you’re hungry for something a little older, this museum happens to be home to St. Petersburg’s oldest resident, a 3,000-year-old mummy.

Students can visit anytime from 10am. to 5 p.m. at 335 2nd Ave. NE location. .


You’ve probably already heard of the Salvador Dali Museum. Its distinctive glass dome, the work of architect Ian Weymouth, hides a treasure trove of the artist’s greatest works.

Students can now visit the collection for free at any time with their school ID, but this Saturday provides the perfect excuse to revisit some of DalĂ­’s strangest works.

As well as the iconic lobster model telephone, new exhibits include Yamandou Kanosa’s distinctive take on surrealism in The Visit and an exploration of Paul Eluard’s life as a poet and rebel.

Drop by the museum anytime between 10:00 and 18:00 at 1 Dali Blvd.

The Carter G. Woodson Museum of African American History

The Carter G. Woodson Museum of African American History is a must-see for any St. Petersburg resident. Named after the infamous American author, this museum shows guests the major contributions of the black community to the “Sunshine City.”

The collection includes artifacts from the African-American Mercy Hospital and local theater, as well as maps of historic neighborhoods that were relocated during the gentrification of St. Petersburg.

As the city wrestles with what to do with Tropicana Field, a structure that sits atop the former Black gas plant neighborhood, visiting the museum is as important to residents as ever.

Visitors can tour the museum between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., located at 2240 9th Ave. S.

James Museum of Western Art and Wildlife Museum

Last but not least, the James Museum of Western Art and Wildlife is one of the newest breathtaking additions to St. Petersburg’s treasures.

The exhibition includes 19th century illustrations of inspiring landscapes and wildlife. In addition, the James Museum inherited a collection of Native art and jewelry to provide a new understanding of Native American craftsmanship.

The collection is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 150 Central Ave.

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