Arts & Culture in St. Petersburg/Clearwater
The Dali Museum is the flagship of cultural tourism on the West Coast of Florida and welcomes over 200,000 visitors each year from around the world. Two film series, lectures and concerts supplement the themes of the exhibitions. The Museum Store, with books and educational material as top sellers, extends the exhibition experience. A series of small formal exhibition catalogs is published to accompany the four new exhibitions mounted each year.
The Capitol Theatre opened in 1921, and is the only opera house in Clearwater. It is known for having some of the best natural acoustics in the southeastern part of the United States. After a complete restoration in 2000, the theatre opened as a performing arts and cultural centre. A popular venue for known artists, the space is available for rent.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum opened to the public in 1965 with the purpose of preserving and protecting works of art and to offer instruction and opportunities for aesthetic enjoyment of art. The Museum of Fine Arts has the only comprehensive art collection on the Florida West Coast extending from antiquity to the present.
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women, and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.
Tampa Bay History Center
The Tampa Bay History Center is located in Tampa’s Channelside District and features exhibits and historical figures that helped shaped the area’s rich history. For cigar lovers, the History Center also showcases a reproduction of a 1920s cigar store.
Built in 1926 as one of America’s most elaborate movie palaces, the Tampa Theatre today is a passionately protected and beloved community landmark. Designed by famed theater architect John Eberson, it is a superior example of his “atmospheric” style of design. Today, the Theatre is managed by the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation and is a remarkable success story. As one of the most heavily utilized venues of its kind in the United States, Tampa Theatre’s single auditorium hosts more than 600 events each year, including a full schedule of first-run and classic films, concerts, special events, corporate events, tours and educational programs.