Host Your Event at the Museum of Fine Arts
One of the most desirable locations for a wedding in Florida
The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, offers a unique and elegant setting for your special occasion. Our beautiful and sophisticated spaces will make your event even more memorable. Invite guests to experience breathtaking paintings and impressive sculptures while celebrating your occasion. Stunning event spaces at the Museum include a classic ballroom with enchanting crystal chandeliers, beautiful gardens with lush foliage, and a sleek, contemporary Conservatory overlooking the bay.
Partner with our expert team to make your celebration imaginative and memorable. During your consultation, we will be sure to understand your vision to customize an event that reflects your signature style. All aspects of your event will be carefully considered so that your guests will walk away from the experience with unforgettable memories.
Photos: Lauren Galloway Photography
CONSERVATORY AND TERRACE
The two-story glass Conservatory overlooks the bay, captivating guests with its spectacular view. Recently installed, artist Christian Sampson’s Tempus volat, hora fugit is now displayed beautifully in the MFA Conservatory. Sampson’s four-part installation series translates from Latin to “time flies, hours flee.” This immersive artwork addresses the passage of time and the magnitude of our natural world through the seemingly simple means of light and color. Adjoined to the Conservatory is the terrace, which sits across from the bay, bringing guests an authentic Florida experience.
- 6,180 square ft.
- Standing Reception: 500 guests
- Banquet Seating: 260 guests (with a dance floor)
- Banquet Seating: 300 guests (without a dance floor)
The Marly Room is an elegant ballroom in the heart of the Museum of Fine Arts. The ceilings are 22 feet-high and have 4 crystal chandeliers flanking each corner of the room. A wooden floor provides space for dancing and mingling. Adjoined to the left and right of the Marly Room are the Membership Garden and the Sculpture Garden. Photos by Amber McWhorter
Marly Room Accommodations:
- 5,184 square ft.
- Standing Reception: 250 guests
- Banquet Seating: 160 guests (with a dance floor)
- Banquet Seating: 180 guests (without a dance floor)
The Membership Garden is a Spanish-style garden with rich foliage surrounded by columns and arched loggias with vaulted ceilings. Photo by Lauren Galloway.
Membership Garden Accommodations:
- 2,640 square ft.
- Standing Reception: 160 guests
- Banquet Seating: 60 guests
- Ceremony Seating: 140 guests
The Sculpture Garden has several permanent sculptures and tropical plants, all highlighted by natural lighting.
Sculpture Garden Accommodations:
- 2,640 square ft.
- Standing Reception: 100 guests
- Banquet Seating: 30 guests
- Ceremony Seating: 50 guests
NORTH STRAUB PARK
North Straub Park ceremonies can include several backdrops, such as the age-old banyan trees or the Tampa Bay waterfront.
North Straub Park Accommodations:
- Ceremony Seating: 500+ guests
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of events can be held at the Museum of Fine Arts?
The Museum hosts weddings and receptions, private parties (birthday, retirement, anniversary, etc.), and corporate events.
Can I use my own caterer?
The Museum of Fine Arts maintains an exclusive relationship with and requires all facility rentals to utilize our approved catering partners for all food and beverage services.
What is the maximum time my event can last?
Events at the Museum can last up to five hours. Vendors may arrive three hours prior to the event starting. Setup in the Conservatory may not begin until after 3:30 pm.
Can my guests view the galleries?
Gallery access may be available for an additional fee, dependent upon facility rental type and location, and subject to availability.
What is your pricing structure?
Our pricing structure is based on the spaces requested, season, and day of the week. All rental prices include a five-hour event period. Please complete our rental request inquiry form to receive our brochure with pricing.
Can you accommodate special menu requests or create a custom menu for my event?
Our approved catering partners will work with you to create a custom menu for your event. We can also suggest menu items that are popular with our guests.
Where does the money from my event go?
The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, is a registered 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization. Each revenue dollar from a special event continues the museum’s mission, including research, education, and exhibition development. The Museum of Fine Arts continually expands its Collection and brings exciting exhibitions to the community. We are also housed in a beautiful building requiring continuous maintenance and upgrades to accommodate our guests, Collection, and staff.
Can I host a fundraiser at the MFA?
The MFA is not able to accommodate fundraising events.
Reviewed by Aleisa
The staff at MFA were amazing! We got married in the Membership Garden as we wanted an “outdoor” wedding, but still wanted our privacy. The garden couldn’t be more perfect! Our cocktail hour was on the Terrace where guests were able to enjoy the beauty of our city. The reception was in the Conservatory which was stunning! The pictures we captured with the high windows and simplicity of the venue was everything. We had our DJ do the uplighting on the walls which made the museum even more elegant and romantic. The location is everything as we were able to capture amazing pictures and continue the party DTSP!
Reviewed by Kate
We absolutely loved this venue! We got married in the Marly Room and the two gardens and ballroom we’re gorgeous and exactly what we were looking for. The ceremony, which was in the Membership garden, was exactly like we envisioned except that there was a mechanical whirring sound that was slightly distracting. Other than that, we couldn’t have wished for a better venue and service. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by Laura
“This place is dream. I remember from the very first time I saw a wedding party outside of the museum taking photos about 4 years ago, I knew I wanted to have my wedding at the Museum of Fine Arts. Flash forward to two weeks ago and here I am, marrying my best friend at the most beautiful venue in town. Such an incredible place, fantastic location, great hotels and restaurants nearby for guests, and the staff was freaking FANTASTIC! I wish the event could have lasted forever.”
Reviewed by Derin and Warren
“The Museum itself and the grounds surrounding it are absolutely beautiful. Everything felt so elegant and classic. We had our ceremony in the Membership Garden, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Marley room, and moved into the Conservatory for our reception. The day of the wedding everything ran like clockwork, I can honestly say I was able to relax and leave everything in the hands of museum staff without a worry.”
– Derin and Warren