Support Groups

For a small annual fee, you can supplement your membership by joining the support group of your choice, giving you exclusive admission to exciting events, additional discounts and opportunities to meet others who share your interests.

The following Support Group options must be accompanied by one of our regular Museum memberships. For more information or questions regarding support groups, please contact us at (727) 896-2667, Ext. 248 or email

Friends of Photography: $50/person

The Friends of Photography are dedicated to increasing public awareness of fine art photography through lectures, seminars, and workshops. Members help promote and augment the Museum’s photography collection, the largest in Florida.

Friends of Decorative Arts (FODA): $50/person

FODA is a support group for the Decorative Arts program.  The decorative arts – fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and glass – are all around us and in the Museum. FODA expands understanding of their variety and beauty. The Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm (September–May) for programs on acquisitions, exhibitions, lectures, and symposia. Non-FODA members can attend for $5, plus MFA admission.

The Contemporaries: $50/person

The Contemporaries seeks to build engagement among contemporary art enthusiasts with the Museum of Fine Art’s diverse programming, with a focus on supporting contemporary artists and exhibitions throughout the Tampa Bay area. The educational meets the social at The Contemporaries’ events, which include visits to artists’ studios and collectors’ homes; trips to contemporary institutions; a lively conversation series focused on local artists; and other fundraising events.

Marly Music Society: $50/person

Marly Music Society members foster an understanding of the relationship between the performing and visual arts. Membership supports the museum concert series and other special events.

Collectors Circle: $500/person

For those with special interest in the collection and connoisseurship, this small group enjoys special benefits and activities. Membership in the Collectors Circle will offer untold opportunities to learn more about art, collecting art and to grow as a collector. Please contact the Director or the Membership Office by phoning (727) 896-2667.

The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society

The Stuart Society is the largest support organization of the Museum of Fine Arts. Their mission is to promote the welfare of the Museum; to stimulate public interest and participation in Museum’s activities; to increase the Museum’s general membership; and, to maintain a close acquaintance with the activities of the Museum. Membership by invitation.