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James Museum Celebrates its 3rd Year Anniversary in Downtown Saint Pete

Aloha Melani

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Aloha Melani & James Museum Cowboy Bench Sculpture(Aloha Melani/Melvin Rivera)

The James Museum of Western Wildlife & Art Turns 3 and Celebrates with Discounted Admission This Week

Three years ago on April 28th, The James Museum of Western Wildlife & Art opened its doors to the bay area in Downtown Saint Petersburg, Florida (DTSP).

DTSP is becoming the art mecca of Tampa Bay. There are four museums within a square mile of each other as well as hundreds of street art murals in the downtown area. The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement is under construction in DTSP however the James Museum is currently the newest museum in the area.

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The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art(James Museum/Instagram)

To celebrate the James Museum's anniversary, discounted admission will be offered this week until Sunday, May 2.

$10 admission for adults, seniors, military, teachers, and students; $5 admission for youth (7-18); and as always, members of The James Museum and children 6 and under are free.

Tom and Mary James, known for Raymond James Financial are the founders of The James Museum of Western Wildlife & Art. They share a passion for supporting living artists of American Western history, Indigenous American cultures, and wildlife from around the world.

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Tom & Mary James, Founders The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art(James Museum/Instagram)

Building the James Museum to house Tom and Mary James' vast personal collection of Western and wildlife art was a gift to DTSP.

The James Museum building itself is a work of art. The walls were created to resemble an artificial sandstone canyon complete with a waterfall. It was designed by Florida architect, Yann Weymouth who also designed the Dali Museum, also in DTSP.

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James Museum Entrance(Aloha Melani/Melvin Rivera)

The museum has been a wonderful indoor place to visit during the pandemic. Stringent safety measures are in place and masks are required to enjoy the arts in the James Museum. Social distancing is a breeze as it boasts 26,000 square feet of calm.

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26,000 Square Feet of Calm at The James Museum(James Museum/Instagram)

The James Museum is also dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Interpretations by Native American, Euro-American, Chinese American, and other artists bring a variety of perspectives and visual storytelling to the galleries.

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Aloha Melani next to James Museum Cowboy Painting(Aloha Melani/Melvin Rivera)

With hundreds of works on display, museum visitors will find a surprising array of expressive, vibrant, and thought-provoking artwork.

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Blake Little Gay Rodeo Exhibit Selfie Wall(Aloha Melani/Melvin Rivera)

On display from September 5, 2020, to February 14, 2021, the wildly popular exhibit from Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo, explored the diverse and complex nature of individual and community identity in Western rural culture.

The current exhibit on display until May 23, 2021, is the Artists for Conservation: International Exhibit of Nature in Art which features 60 paintings and sculptures that awaken our responsibility to conserve the diversity and wonder of our natural world.

As a tribute to James Museum artist John Seerey-Lester (1945-2020) who was an active member of Artists for Conservation (AFC), the museum will display 20 of his dynamic paintings alongside the AFC exhibition.

The James Museum of Western Wildlife & Art is located at:

150 Central Avenue St. Petersburg FL 33701

Open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM and 10 AM to 8 PM on Tuesdays.

TIP: The museum is open longer to accommodate the special admission for $10 every Tuesday.

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