Tips for Visiting the MFA


Welcome to the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg! As you plan your visit to the MFA, remember that each of us has a responsibility and an important role to ensure a safe experience in a comfortable environment. Please review our guidelines for visiting below.

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    • Tickets may be purchased online or at the museum.
    • Help us preserve the art – please do not touch the objects on display.
    • Non-commercial photography is encouraged in the galleries (unless otherwise designated for special exhibitions or artworks) without the use of a flash or a tripod. Professional photography is not permitted without advanced written consent from the Museum.
    • Cell phone calls are not permitted in the galleries. Should you need to make or receive a call, please step into one of our gardens or our lobby.
    • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    • Smoking is not allowed in the Museum or on the Museum Campus, including the gardens.
    • Outside food and drinks are not permitted, and absolutely no food and drinks are allowed in the galleries. Drinking fountains are available.
    • Café Clementine is open Thursday–Sunday from 9:00 am–3:00 pm with both indoor and outdoor seating.
  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is extremely contagious.
  • The MFA keeps the galleries between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit, with approximately 50% humidity. Please plan your attire accordingly.

All MFA facilities comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Wheelchairs are available. The Museum offers special days for families with sensory sensitivities on the second Saturday of the month. ASL-interpreted tours are available but require at least three weeks of advanced notice. EnChroma Color-Blind glasses are available to those who have Color Vision Deficiency. Please see a member of our Visitor Services team to utilize these special glasses during your visit. Learn more about Accessibility at the MFA.


For a complete overview of our admission prices and discount programs, please visit our Hours and Admissions page.


We have ADA-accessible restrooms, men’s, women’s, and gender-neutral restrooms. Changing tables are available in select restrooms.


Coat and bag check is available; large bags (more than 11×15 inches) are not permitted; and no baby backpacks or children on shoulders.


Inform the nearest Security Officer or Museum Associate if you require first aid in the galleries.


To schedule a group tour, call 727-896-2667 ext. 261 or complete our Group Tour inquiry form.


The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Museum is closed on Monday. Café Clementine is open Thursday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please visit our Hours and Admission page for any special hours or closures.


Do you think you might have left something behind during your visit? Contact us.


Membership at the MFA offers unique benefits that enrich your museum experience and provide invaluable support. Become a member today and enjoy the benefits of membership all year long.


Enjoy shopping in our MFA Shop, featuring books, jewelry, handmade artisan pieces, puzzles and games, children’s gifts, and more! Open during Museum and Cafe hours.


Museum self-parking is available in our south lot and along the east side of the building (on Bayshore Drive). The parking fee is $10 for four hours. Visitors may enter the Museum at the Bayshore Drive or Beach Drive entrance. Meters take cash, credit cards, or Parkmobile. You can also download the Parkmobile parking app for use at designated metered spaces within the City of St. Petersburg and some surface lots and parking garages. There are also multiple parking garages and surface parking lots within walking distance.


Docent-led public tours take place every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. Docents are also available in the galleries most weekend mornings and weekday afternoons. Check with a member of our Visitor Services team to see if a docent is available during your visit.


Sketching with dry media (pencil only) is welcome in the galleries. Copyists working with wet media must obtain permission. Sketching stools are available upon request. While sketching, please do not hinder visitor traffic flow in the galleries. During high attendance periods, the Museum reserves the right to make any necessary adjustments to this sketching policy.


Strollers are permitted in most areas – inquire at the Information Desk for gallery limitations. Oversize and jogging strollers are prohibited.

PLEASE NOTE: Visitors to the MFA may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded. By attending, you grant the MFA permission to use photographs and/or audiovisual recordings in which you appear for archival, documentary, publicity, advertising, or other purposes.