Frequently Asked Questions


1. Why does the Museum ask visitors not to touch the art?
Works of art are fragile and can be damaged by even the slightest touch. The oils in our skin and the moisture on our fingers can harm works of art. Please help us preserve the objects in our collection for visitors to enjoy for generations to come.

2. What is your photography policy?
You are welcome to take pictures in the MFA Collection galleries, without a flash. For traveling exhibitions, check with admissions and listed signage. Tripods, monopods, selfie sticks and the use of a flash are not permitted. If you are interested in professional or marketing photography, please contact the Marketing department at

3. I have a work of art that I would like to donate/sell/send to the museum. How do I do this?
The MFA collection continues to grow thanks to the generosity of individuals and organizations that support the MFA in this way.

Our donation process begins by sending an email or letter stating your intention. Please provide as much information as you can about the artist, title, date, and history of ownership, as well as a clear photograph of the artwork. Please email to, or mail to Curatorial Department, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

4. Someone from my family has donated an object to the museum. Is it available for viewing?
Please email and the Curatorial department will let you know if your donation is currently on view.

5. I have a work of art for which I would like more information. Can I bring it in?
We are not able to accept requests for art research at this time. See options for authentication and appraisals below. Please do not bring your artwork to the MFA, as art is most vulnerable when it is in transit!

6. How much is my artwork worth?
We are unable to provide appraisals, valuations, or authenticate art. Start your search for an accredited appraiser on one of these websites:
Art Dealers of America |
International Society of Appraisers |
Appraisers Association of America |
American Society of Appraisers |

7. Where can I get my artwork repaired/restored?
There are many organizations that can help you find qualified conservators in your area of the country. Start your search at one of these websites:
American Institute for Conservation |
ICA Art Conservation |

8. Can I sketch in the gallery?
We love to see artwork being created in the Museum! You can sketch in the galleries using lead pencils, however pens and paints are not permitted. Make sure to bring a lapboard or clipboard as floors, walls, or pedestals cannot be used as support when sketching. Sketching inspires us, regardless of age or ability, to slow down, to look carefully, and to connect with works of art. It allows us time to see more and experience works of art through a different lens.

9. How do I reproduce a work of art for a paper/publication/media?
Please request a Rights & Reproductions form by emailing

10. Does the Museum offer tours?
Unfortunately, due to our new COVID safety measures, we are not offering guided group or school tours at this time.

11. Can I host a private event at the MFA?
Absolutely! You can learn about our event spaces and submit a rental request here.