6 Museums to See in Florida

Museums to See in Florida

Thumbnail image from The Ringling Museum of Art

By Rebecca Fending

Whether you’re looking to learn more about your favorite classical artist or you need something new to do or see, Florida has a number of museums for consideration. Find one in your area or plan a road trip to see one of these many famous must-see museums.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

For lovers of art in the Sarasota area, the Ringling Museum houses a number of archaeological finds and art pieces from Florida. Artists such as Tampa-based Ya Levy La’ford, the history of the Underground Railroad in Florida and even an exhibit in remembrance of a museum volunteer and their art occupy space at the Ringling.

Admission price is $23 for seniors (ages 65+), $25 for adults and $5 for children.

To learn more and tickets, visit ringling.org.

“Fantasies Diurnes.” Image from thedali.org.

Salvador Dalí Museum

Also affectionately called “The Dalí,” this St. Pete museum is a local favorite for the wacky, weird and fun works of Salvador Dalí. The museum holds a great number of Dalí’s famous works, including “Fantasies Diurnes,” “Paranonia” and “Apparatus and Hand.”

Visitors can also experience Dalí’s work through augmented reality, adding a more in-depth and personal experience to the artworks on display.

To celebrate the museum’s 40th anniversary, admission price for all Florida residents is $19.82 until January 28.

Find out more at thedali.org.

St. Pete Museum map

St. Petersburg Museum of History

For the history buffs or those who enjoy learning about the state’s history, the Museum of History in St. Pete is a great way to spend a rainy day. 

Guests can learn about the rich heritage of St. Pete, from the activities for the Orange Belt railroad to the establishment of the Women’s Town Improvement League. The Museum also takes baseball fans to the inaugural season of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Ticket prices range from $9 to $15. To learn more about the museum, visit HistoryStPete.org.

Tiffany Chapel at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Image from www.morsemuseum.org.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Located in Winter park, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is noted for its art nouveau collection. The museum houses the most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany found anywhere, a major collection of American art pottery and fine collections of late-19th and early-20th-century American paintings, graphics and the decorative arts.

Ticket prices are $5 for seniors (60+), $6 for adults and $1 for students with valid school ID.

Find out more at morsemuseum.org.

Museum of Florida History

For those up for a drive, the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee offers guests a fascinating variety of Florida-specific relics of the state’s history and prehistory.

Exhibits such as Florida’s role in the Civil War, World War II and women’s activism are currently on display.

Plan your visit and find more information at museumoffloridahistory.com.

Anna Miller’s Inner Light: In a Time of Pandemic. Image from Facebook

Lightner Museum

Located in St. Augustine, the Lightner Museum presents many antiques, mostly American Gilded Age pieces, housed within the historic Hotel Alcazar building in downtown St. Augustine. This 1887 Spanish Renaissance Revival style building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

From photography to oil paintings and stained glass, the Lightner displays artwork that portrays the history of America.

Learn more at lightnermuseum.org.