Show and Tell: Museums and Attractions

Florida International Museum, 100 Second St. N., St. Petersburg (727-822-3693). Summer exhibits at the museum include The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Kennedy Collection (featuring more than 500 objects that belonged to the young president), Countdown to Destiny (photos of Martin Luther King Jr.), Habana Esperando: Photographs by Margaux Ravis, and U-2: The Spy Plane. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $11.95 for adults, and annual passes cost $15.95. Visit

Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo (727- 518-6833). This nonprofit museum features Lisa Williams: Gardens; The Wild, The Timid and The Invisible (nature-based eroticism) and John Henry: Wandering Spirit (monumental sculpture). Both shows start on May 25 and continue through June 24, and Aug. 27, respectively. Studioworks 2001, running July 8 through July 29, offers works by GCMA teachers and students. Selections From the Permanent Collection includes paintings, sculpture, photography and more. The museum also hosts a film and video series throughout the summer. For late-summer exhibits, visit Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (extended to 7 p.m. on Thursday), and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday Admission costs $3.

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 N.E. Beach Drive, St. Petersburg (727-896-2667). Permanent selections include pieces by Monet, O'Keefe, Cezanne and other greats. Beyond Adornment: Beads from Around the World continues through Aug. 26, and H.A. Sigg: Recent Work, featuring abstract paintings, sculptures and collages, can be viewed through July 1. The Museum also offers a wide variety of summer classes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $6 for adults. Surf to

Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S., St. Petersburg (727-823-3767). This shrine to surrealism has the largest collection of Dali works in the world, including several masterworks. A Disarming Beauty: The Venus de Milo in 20th-Century Art runs through Sept. 9, and features surrealist and contemporary artists whose works incorporate the Venus de Milo. An eclectic film series, covering the gamut of avant-garde topics, runs throughout the summer. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (extended to 8 p.m. on Thursday), and noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $10 for adults. Check out

Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa (813-274-8130). Seattle Sampler, works by 12 studio glass artists from the collection of Dr. Richard and Barbara Basch, continues through June 10; the American Experience, 20th Century Prints from the Berkman Foundation, runs through July 22; Tampa Public Art, local works showing to July 8; and the fifth annual underCURRENT/overVIEW begins July 22. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday (extended to 8 p.m. on Thursday); 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $5 for adults, free from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

USF Contemporary Art Museum, located on West Holly Drive on the USF-Tampa campus, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. (813-974-2849). This museum, a purveyor of cutting-edge conceptual art, features Contemporary Art from Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island from May 19 through July 14. The exhibit offers works from 16 Cuban artists who explore irony as a strategy for psychological survival and oblique commentary. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Visit for late summer shows.


The Dunedin Historical Society Museum, 349 Main St., Dunedin (727-736-1176). This museum's permanent displays hip you to Dunedin's past via artifacts, documents and more. This summer, the museum also offers a view of Civil War-era Tampa Bay with an exhibit on the Maple Leaf, a Civil War vessel. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is a suggested donations of $2 for adults.

Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg (727-820-0100). Working Through the Past, 1946-2000: The Art of Samuel Bak and The Women of Ravensbruck: Portraits of Courage both run through Aug. 19. The gallery's permanent collection includes 300 commemorative brass facsimiles, historical artifacts, photos, even a boxcar once used to transport prisoners to Nazi deathcamps. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults.

Florida Masonic Museum, 3201 First St. N.E., St. Petersburg (727-822-3499). This museum, dedicated to the world's oldest bunch of dubious frat boys, contains a huge collection of Masonic Art Glass from around the world, along with hand-painted aprons, charts and other Masonic memorabilia dating back to the Revolutionary War. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, 115 10th Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-360-2491). This Heritage Village satellite facility hosts exhibits and photography displays related to the history of Pinellas County's barrier islands. Located in what was the first church ever built on the islands, the museum's archived items date from the 1500s to the present. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

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