Tampa Bay Automobile museum for Anna Maria car enthusiasts

If you are an auto-car enthusiast looking for something to do on your Anna Maria Island vacation then look no further. Travel a little less than 1 hour up to Tampa Bay to visit a museum with more than 50 collector automobiles. From vintage vehicles like a 1930 Tracta E to something a bitmore recent like a 1981 Delorean.

Tampa Bay Auto Museum
Tampa Bay Auto Museum

General Admission to the auto museum is currently $8 USD with discounts for students and Seniors. They do support large tours if prearranged for a fee. The car museum is closed Tuesdays and holidays and open Mon – Sat 10AM – 4 PM and open Sundays Noon – 4 PM EST.

For additional information on their collection visit their collection web page.

If you are in the market to purchase someone a tough gift then be sure to review their vintage automobile books for sale for a great auto enthusiast gift.

The Tampa Bay Museum is located at 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd, Pinellis Park, Florida, 33782. For more information visit their website or call 727 579-8226. Just under a one hour easy drive from Anna Maria Island.

There is another auto museum close by to Anna Maria Island.  A muscle car museum in Punta Gorda.  In addition, Sarasota has an exotic car show each year.

CUGNOT Tampa Auto Museum
1st self propelled vehicle

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Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Tampa Fl

Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali

Just a short drive over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge brings you to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. It is the permanent home of the world’s most comprehensive collection of the renowned Spanish artist’s work. With over 2000 pieces compiled by the private collector A. Reynolds Morse and his wife Eleanor Morse over a 45-year period, it is celebrated for its 96 oil paintings.  In addition to the 96 oil paintings, the collection includes over 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300 graphics, photographs, sculptures and objects d’art, and an extensive archival library. Periodic rotations of the collection and special exhibitions allow museum goers to view new work on repeat visits.

The Toreador
The Toreador

Magnificent are the 6 oversized masterpieces. Free tours explain the artist’s renderings.  The Hallucinogenic Toreador (1969-1970) is one of those paintings that Dalí conceived while in an art supply store in 1968. Another well know painting is the The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory(1952-1954).In this work of 1954, Dalí reinterprets his popular 1931 painting entitled The Persistence of Memory in order.

The priceless collection of Dalí’s work, which is the largest outside his home country of Spain, desperately needs protection from the elements and adequate room for display. The new Dalí will overlook Tampa Bay in the beautiful Florida West Coast city of St. Petersburg, just 20 minutes from Tampa International Airport. With a two-year construction timetable, the new museum should be completed in fall of 2010. Grand Opening celebrations will occur in the winter months of 2011. The new Dalí is designed by internationally acclaimed architect Yann Weymouth of Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. (HOK). He worked alongside architect I.M. Pei on the renovation of the Louvre in Paris. The museum will be a work of art reflective of Dalí’s unique juxtaposition of classical and fantastic elements. A huge glass structure will flow forth from a “treasure box” housing the artwork, and a giant boulder from Dalí’s homeland will appear to support a corner of the building.

In the meantime the Dali exhibition is still displayed in the current museum.

Salvador Dalí Museum
1000 Third Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4901
Phone: 727.823.3767
Fax: 727.894.6068

Admission:
General Admission – $17.00
Senior citizens 65+ – $14.50
Teachers with ID/US Police/Military & Fire – $14.50
Students* ages 10+ (18+ with ID) – $12.00
Children ages 5 to 9 – $4.00
Children ages 4 and under – FREE*
Thursdays are $5 (5 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

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Information as of 03/10. Please call and verify prices.

The Ringling -The John and Mable Ringling Museum

The Ringling museum is an great day trip from Anna Maria Island into Sarasota. The museum is located right off Sarasota Bay just a short 30 minutes drive away. This is truly an amazing museum, and a must visit for art lovers!

 

John and Mable Ringling built their home and museum in 1927 and left their beautiful grounds and buildings to the State of Florida. The museum opened to the public in October of 1931. The history behind this gorgeous waterfront property is incredible, to read more please go to www.ringling.org.

The museum includes the Ringling Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, Rose Garden, Ringling Courtyard, and the Ca d’Zan Mansion.

The Ringling
Inside The Ringling.

Exhibits at The Ringling

You will fall in love with the historically significant art found here. Works from Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens fill an entire room. These pieces are huge and astonishing. Additionally many other famous names decorate the walls.

The Circus Museum is fun for everyone! Yes, this is the John Ringling of Ringling Circus. You will find interesting circus history, and fun things to see.

Ca d’Zan is the summer home of John and Mable. It’s like visiting a palace on Sarasota Bay. This mansion is one of a kind. You’ll never see anything like this luxurious home. The Ringlings held amazing balls and also loved entertaining here.

One of the galleries at the museum is for rotating exhibits. This is an excellent place to catch traveling shows.

 

Beautiful Ca d'Zan Mansion
Beautiful Ca d’Zan Mansion
Rose Garden
Rose Garden

The museum offers complimentary tours with admission of the Ringling Museum and the Circus Museum, but it is $4-5 for a tour of the Ca d’Zan mansion.

Saturdays at the Ringling Museum are family fun days with story time, exploration stations, family friendly exhibition tours and more all with paid admission.

Also located on the grounds, Banyan Café and the Treviso Restaurant are great for dining.

Ringling Circus Poster 

Open Daily from 10am to 5:30 pm
Admission is $7-20, Children under 6 are free.
Located at the end of University Parkway on beautiful Sarasota Bay, check here for directions and parking.
For more things to do on Anna Maria Island or Sarasota visit our top ten list of things to do while vacationing in paradise.