James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art
150 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Petersburg, Florida is a beautiful coastal city on the west coast of Florida. Known for its sunny weather and Gulf beaches, St. Pete’s nickname is Sunshine City. It is also popular for golfing, boating, fishing and beachgoing. Its waterfront parks host the Dali Museum, featuring surrealist works of art; the Museum of Fine Arts, with works ranging from ancient to contemporary; and Mahaffey Theater, home of the Florida Orchestra. Today we’ll make a visit to a lesser known but fascinating museum with an unexpected western frontier flavor.
The James Museum has its roots in the deeply felt passion for art and culture shared by co-founders Tom and Mary James, and in the couple’s love for St. Petersburg, the city where they live. . .These two dedicated patrons of the arts collected works in oil, in ink, in stone; works that define genres yet defy labels; works that evoke the spirit of a wide open frontier and the beauty of life in the wild. . . In building this splendid home for a part of their vast personal collection of Western and wildlife art, Tom and Mary also have succeeded in their aim to share their vision and devotion to art with you and thousands of others.
Admission is $20 a day for adults, $15 for Students/Military/Seniors, youth 7 to 18 $10, and children under 7 are free. Family days at the museum: Bring the kids every second Saturday for fun with a Western and wildlife twist! Enjoy different themed activities each month, including story time in the galleries, a kid-friendly guided tour, a make & take art project, and a chance to explore the museum with a family activity guide.
Whether you like silver jewelry, sculptures, or paintings, this museum has something for everyone including the kids.
Remember playing cowboys and Indians?
Now let’s just enjoy the art.
Next time you’re on the west coast of Florida, take time for a western oasis not far from the beach. Visit the James Museum and savor the art.
Florida is a beautiful place to wander.
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