Even if you aren’t an aficionado of surrealist art, try to include St Petersburg’s Dali Museum on your list of places to go. You’ll be amazed before you even walk through the doors, as this $36 million building is a beautiful example of innovative, contemporary architecture. Once inside you can view the largest collection of Dali’s artworks outside of his native Spain, many of which will leave you gazing to take in all the detail and wondering at the workings of Dali’s mind.
Meanwhile, the Museum of Fine Arts in central St Petersburg houses works by most of the 20th-century greats. As well as paintings, the museum also has a splendid sculpture garden and is home to pre-Columbian, Greek and other examples from the ancient world, as well as a fine photographic archive.
Motorheads can while away the hours at the Tampa Bay Automobile museum, just a 15-minute drive from downtown St Petersburg. This is the place to drool over vehicles like the 1929 USA Ruxton, as the museum is home to over 50 models of cars from the 1920s and 1930s.