Smithsonian ‘SITES’ Traveling Exhibition
Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe

July 1 - September 19, 2004
Out of this World exhibition featured this summer!
Organized by SITES and the Space Telescope Science Institute, the exhibition and its educational programs have been made possible through the generous support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and L
ockheed Martin. The exhibition employs videos and numerous interactive components to take visitors on a tour of the universe and lets them experience other planets, exploding stars, ancient galaxies and black holes. The exhibition includes a scale model of the Hubble telescope and explores its history, purpose, anatomy and operation as well as identifying the work performed by astronauts to maintain and update the telescope as new technology has become available.

Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs

The largest and most comprehensive traveling exhibition ever created to explore the history, science and development of dogs and their role in human societies. Includes four themed galleries with multi-media displays, artifacts, photo murals, dioramas, plus hands-on components.

A special thanks to our sponsors

St. Petersburg Times
Pinelas County Cultural Affairs
City of St. Petersburg
SPCA Tampa Bay
Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club

Ink and Blood:
Sacred Treasures of the Bible

Authentic Dead Sea Scroll fragments are among the artifacts included in an exhibit that opens January 13, 2006 at the Florida International Museum. The exhibit, Ink & Blood: Sacred Treasures of the Bible, also includes ancient Biblical manuscripts and several 5,000-year-old pictographic clay tablets from ancient Mesopotamia.

In addition, there is a working replica of Gutenberg's printing press, which brought books -- and specifically the Bible -- to the masses in the 15th century with a profound impact on society.

For more information go to
or call #1-877-33BIBLE.

Diana a celebration
February 19 to May 22, 2005
Direct from the Althorp Estate in England, the ancestral home of the Spencer family, comes this award-winning exhibition celebrating the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales.

On display will be authentic memorabilia and film footage from Diana's childhood and her adult life, a collection of 28 dresses from her public engagements including her resplendent royal wedding gown, original jewels, artifacts, paintings and more.

Barbie® Doll Celebrates 45 Years
October 1, 2004
through January 16, 2005
FIM is excited to present its fall/holiday exhibition: American history as seen through its most beloved dolls - Barbie® doll….and friends. This collection of over 200 Barbie® dolls will bring back memories and enchant children and the young at heart. Especially designed for FIM by nationally acclaimed collector JoAnn Winspur, the Barbie® dolls selected will celebrate four decades of lifestyles.

Fans Glorious Fans:
a collection from The John and Mable
Ringling Museum of Art

May 29 - September 26, 2004 (Portrait Gallery)
Star of this elegant and beautiful show of eighty 18th, 19th, and 20th century fans is an ostrich plume fan with gilded sterling handle - one of only three in this country, created to commemorate the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer to Charles Prince of Wales. The Ringling fan collection was formed by the legendary Elsa Zelley over a fifty year period and is recognized in the museum world as being one of America’s finest. The fans were donated to the RMA in 1988. Delicate, exotic and beautiful, made of gilded ivory, hand painted silk and lace, the fans bring to life the social history and sophistication of the past.

Fans from the collection of The John and Mable Ringling Musuem of Art has been made possible by the generous support and collaboration of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Midtown “Through Our Eyes”
Aug 01 - September 12, 2004
With notebooks in hand, 30 students from Melrose Elementary and John Hopkins Middle schools explored their world as they asked questions, scribbled notes and took pictures. The two-week summer journalism camp in June focused on Midtown, an area of St. Petersburg that is experiencing amazing growth and redevelopment. They interviewed long-time residents and public officials. They turned their observations and interviews into magazine stories and photos. Their work resulted in a publication called Midtown Magazine and this photo exhibit.




Space Hunt - A Children’s Program
May 6- August 8, 2004
A 2000 square foot maze together with interactive “stations” and attractive informational material on space, is presented in a manner guaranteed to arouse children’s curiosity and satisfy and entertain their young minds. Traveling through this interactive “space” maze, children of all ages will begin their journey on a quest to explore the pathways of the universe. But it’s not back to earth yet because visitors will be transported to a far away galaxy for a special star-lit movie adventure!

Russian Odyssey:
Riches of the State Russian Museum
November 2, 2003 - July 11, 2004

Experience 800 years of diverse, expansive Russian history and culture through more than 300 artifacts illustrating the lives of the Czars, noblemen, religious orders, peasants and cultural icons. Never before seen in the United States. This exhibit is sponsored in part by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Children 2 Children
An exciting addition to the Russian Odyssey exhibit, this important cultural exchange program showcases artwork from elementary school children in St. Petersburg, Florida featured alongside children's art from St. Petersburg, Russia.

Game Faces: Portraits of Baseball Players from the Smithsonian National
Portrait Gallery
December 2003 - April 24, 2004

This exhibit features sixteen images of baseball players in oils, photographs, pen and ink and serigraphs to demonstrate the depth of the National Portrait Gallery's "Champion of American Sport Collection." The exhibit includes an Andy Warhol of Pete Rose, magazine cover art, an oil canvas of Ty Cobb dating from 1916, plus photos of Ted Willams (1958) and Sandy Koufax (1963).

A Lifetime Love of The Game:
The Jack Lake Collection
December 2003 - April 24, 2004

A compilation of baseball memorabilia personally collected by the late Jack Lake, former publisher of the St. Petersburg Times. Jack Lake was the first to suggest St. Petersburg pursue a Major League team and it was his contacts and influence that converted St. Petersburg from a traditional spring training camp to a Major League city in its own right.

Pop Art Pop Fly: Baseball is Art
December 2003 to April 24, 2004

Features ten Florida artists' works created especially for this show and developed around a baseball/pop art theme.

Baseball As America
December 13, 2003 - March 6, 2004

Explore the many ways in which our national pastime mirrors and influences the continuing development of American culture. The exhibit includes more than 500 artifacts, organized by The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Nationally sponsored by Ernst & Young

Metals-A-Go-Go a Free Must-See
Student Exhibition from Society of North American Goldsmiths
March 5th - April 2nd

“ Metals-A-Go-Go” Student Exhibition runs in conjunction with the Society of North American Goldsmiths’ (SNAG) 2004 National Conference being held in St.Petersburg March 15th-23rd. The Student show features ornamental, sculptural and functional metal work from students enrolled in universities, art schools and other metals programs across North America.

Juror Tom McCarthy, a well-known St. Petersburg metalsmith and jeweler had the challenging task of selecting the 100 pieces on exhibit from more than 250 artists and 600 pieces of submitted artwork. The works were chosen based on the variety, thoughtfulness and craftsmanship they demonstrated. You will witness a wide variety of materials being incorporated in the work. It is not just about metals; it is about pushing limits, generating new ideas, and the creative thought processes. It is also about adornment, ornamentation, and function, and how they are merged together in the new and ever changing world of fine craft, fashion, and design.

Empires of Mystery.
The Incas. The Andes and Lost Civilizations.
October 23, 1998 - May 16, 1999

Visitors were transported back in time to travel through rainforests and tombs in search of gold that was buried in the Lost Temple of the Sun. The largest exhibition of Peruvian artifacts ever displayed in the United States included a special gallery dedicated to smuggled artifacts that were recovered by U.S. Customs in Miami, recently stolen from ancient graves and rescued from sale on the black market.

TITANIC: The Exhibition
November 15, 1997 - May 31, 1998

The Museum displayed the world's largest exhibition of artifacts recovered from the wreck site of the famous ship. The exhibition included more than 300 objects, including a bronze cherub from the grand staircase, silver dinnerware, jewelry, delicate paper objects such as stock certificates, currency, and love letters, and pieces of the massive engines and the ship's immense whistle.

Alexander the Great
October 1, 1996 - March 31, 1997

Over 500 masterpieces from more than 45 museums and collections around the world were assembled to tell the fascinating story of one of the world's most extraordinary men - Alexander the Great. Artifacts in the exhibition included a pebble mosaic nearly 10 feet (3 meters) long showing Alexander hunting a lion, jewelry, original weapons used by the Macedonian army and classic marble statues as well as delicate miniature representations in bone.

Splendors of Ancient Egypt
February 6, 1996 - July 7, 1996

An exhibition from the Roemer-Und Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim, Germany presented 175 Egyptian antiques and provided visitors a panoramic view of ancient Egyptian civilizations over a 4,500-year period. The exhibition included works of art depicting historic, religious and artistic aspects of Egypt's elite from the Predynastic Period to the end of the Roman Empire. The exhibit traveled to Houston and Dallas, Texas, and Portland, Oregon, where it drew record-breaking crowds at each venue.

Treasures of the Czars
January 11, 1995 - June 11, 1995

The Museum's inaugural exhibition, from the Kremlin Museum in Moscow, Russia, contained 270 works of art depicting historic, social, religious and artistic aspects of the lives of the Czars and Czarinas of the Romanov dynasty that ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917. The exhibition was one of the largest and most prestigious collections of the Royal family treasures ever to leave the Kremlin.