Adult Programs

In addition to the recurring monthly programs listed, the MFA offers special lectures, gallery talks, music concerts, cinema screenings and seasonal events. Our support groups, such as The Contemporaries, Marly Music, Friends of Decorative Arts (FODA), Collectors Circle and Friends of Photography (FOP) all help to create additional unique programs for the public. The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society also hosts a variety of participatory events such as Wine Weekend, Art in Bloom and SMartLY Dressed. General docent tours are available daily.

Support for educational programs is provided in part by The Stuart Society, the MFA Education Committee, an anonymous donor, and the City of St. Petersburg. Check the MFA’s events calendar online for program details.

“5 AFTER 5!”

Every Thursday

Museum galleries are open until 8 pm, and admission is only $5 after 5 pm.

Cocktails & collections

Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5–7 pm.

The Museum of Fine Arts is proud to present a new monthly event: Cocktails & Collections. This new event will combine the social interactions of the former Porch Party, but bring guests into the Museum garden and galleries. Plans include live music in the Marly Room and bar and hors d’ouevres served in the gardens.

New this year will be a quarterly, themed connections with art. By enlisting support from the MFA curatorial team, each quarter will focus on galleries or special exhibitions from one of the 27 galleries at the MFA. A different work in the collection will be highlighted and each month will have a customized self-guided tour, light bites, art-inspired signature cocktail and custom home-brew, all inspired by the different works and artists.

FREE for Members

$10 for not-yet-Members


Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10 am.

Refreshments at 10 am, performance at 10:30 am, and a docent tour at 11:15 am. The Museum’s popular performing artist-in-residence, Nan Colton, continues her wonderful interactive presentations. An experienced actress and director, she writes her own scripts, inspired by special exhibitions, the Museum collection and themes, and people related to both.

Free with Museum admission. Refreshments included

Sponsored by Westminster Communities of St. Petersburg


Lectures take place the Sunday after the second Saturday on a monthly basis.

Learn the techniques and inspirations of internationally known glass artists in a monthly lecture.

A DMG Visiting Glass Artist Series sponsored by The DMG School Project


Periodic film series that connects with the Museum’s collection or special exhibition


Second Thursday of the month @ 6:30 pm.

Join Keep St. Pete Lit, a local organization that supports the literary community, for a book club connecting the visual and literary arts. Each month’s featured book will relate to the MFA’s collection or special exhibitions.

Free with Museum admission, which is only $5 after 5 pm on Thursdays.