Picture of Health

The Picture of Health is a multifaceted program fostering wellness among our museum members and guests. This innovative approach to wellbeing, the first of its kind in the Tampa Bay Area, allows us to harness the power of the Museum of Fine Arts’ galleries and gardens as a place of healing and solace for our members and guests. 

The Picture of Health initiative includes:

  • MFA Mood Tours
  • Sit, Stay, Heal
  • Museum on Prescription

Picture of Health Mood Tours at the MFA


Take your emotional temperature – using the MFA’s collection!

Visitors who are inclined toward deeper explorations of their health can utilize one of the MFA’s Mood Tours, designed to facilitate viewing art in the Museum’s collection through the lens of emotions patients might be experiencing, or striving for, during their visit.

Our six Mood Tours encompass the following emotions and each has a follow-up activity to deepen the interplay between health and art.

  1. Joy/Celebration
  2. Grief/Resilience 
  3. Empowerment
  4. Calm
  5. Self-Reflection
  6. Relationships

Sit, Stay, Heal Therapy Dog Sessions at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg


Sit, Stay, Heal brings therapy dogs into the museum garden for a power session of levity and wellbeing for our members and visitors. Frontline workers are invited to join us for Sit, Stay, Heal free of charge each month.

Free for members and frontline workers; with admission for not-yet-members

Note: Frontline workers receive free admission. Proof of employment required.

Museum on Prescription at the MFA


Multiple studies in recent years have found a clear link between viewing art and decreases in cortisol levels, our stress hormone, and a normalizing of heart rate patterns associated with light to moderate exercise.

In recognition of this new research, Museums on Prescription is a partnership between local physicians and therapists and the MFA which allows health care providers to prescribe visits to the museum for patients they feel would benefit from an art viewing experience.

These visits offer two options: a free-range experience through the Museum’s galleries or a self-guided “Mood Tour” based on a range of emotions visitors might be experiencing, or striving for during their visit. After each visit, participants are invited to complete a Wellbeing Questionnaire, allowing them to self-asses the visit’s impact on their wellness.  


For more information on wellbeing programs, please contact Margaret Murray, Curator of Public Programs, at mmurray@mfastpete.org.