As a VENUEHost your event…

Created to enrich the hearts and minds of St. Petersburg with the spirit of the Great American West, The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art is a brand-new premium event space designed to enthrall your guests with dynamic architecture, historical reverence, and one of the most enchanting collections of art that you will ever witness. Whether grand or intimate, business or personal, our Events Team will ensure that your vision is perfectly executed while surrounded by the sights and sounds of the of the Great American West. Four distinctive rental spaces are offered:

  • The Arroyo: Mirroring a true Western riverbed in a sandstone canyon, the 3,400 sq. ft. Arroyo is a captivating space featuring an imported sandstone interior and majestic bronze sculpture court. Conduct your ceremony in full sight and sound of our romantic 20’ waterfall establishing an unparalleled atmosphere for your wedding, then witness the excitement from your guests as they vie for a once in a lifetime photograph.
  • The Mesa Hall: At 5,875 sq. ft., the Mesa Hall is our grandest and most versatile space mimicking the expansive nature of the American West terrain. Its blank slate allows guests to completely customize the room ensuring a unique and personalized event unlike any other. Divide the area into four separate spaces for staging intimate moments or several programs at once. Or rent it with the connected Arroyo for an experience your guests will never forget!
  • The Canyon: A warm and intimate space perfect for your next reception, the 2,820 sq. ft. Canyon features a carved antique saloon bar from 1905 Chicago complete with a rogue bullet hole for that authentic Western experience. A Museum Shop-Café by day, at night the Canyon is transformed into an elegant bar or meeting space.
  • Auditorium and Green Room: Plan your next lecture, conference or business meeting in our brand new 129-seat Auditorium featuring a 27’ stage, powerful sound system, built in A/V and podium. Wow your special guest speakers with an attached private en suite Green Room/VIP suite with secure entry, and enjoy your program being elevated by the museum’s awe-inspiring architecture.

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As a SHOPDiscover unique gifts…

Shop local and bring a piece of the West home! The James Museum Store makes gift-giving easy with a carefully curated selection of: stunning * Southwestern jewelry * must-read books * unique toys * branded merchandise, and * more. The store is open during regular museum hours. Check back often for new items and special promotions – and don’t forget that members of The James Museum receive 10% off purchases every day!

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As an EATERY: Food for thought…

During your visit, stop by The Canyon Café and enjoy a meal as colorful and artistic as the exhibits. Work in Downtown St. Petersburg? Stop by for a quick lunch or snatch some “Grub to Grab” and take back with you.

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Be a DONORShow that you care…

As a donor or member, your contributions enable us to share The James Museum collection and activities with visitors from around the world for years to come. We truly appreciate your investment and support.


Members are the heart of The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art. You are a group of generous individuals and families who provide a reliable source of income that supports our mission. Members enjoy unique benefits, such as exhibition previews, discounts on programs, shopping, and dining, as well as unlimited free access to the only Western Art museum in the State of Florida. Join us! Memberships at specified levels are offered: * Trailblazer * Individual * Member Plus * Friends & Family, and * Premium.

Corporate Membership: The James Museum Corporate Membership program was designed to create opportunities that encourage access and engagement for you, your staff, and your guests. We welcome partners of all sizes who believe that our art community provides crucial education, culture, and economic value. We are grateful for our corporate partners and work hard to create benefits that provide increased visibility sharing your commitment to the Tampa Bay arts community. Membership at specified levels is offered: * Coral * Turquoise * Silver * Gold, and * President’s Circle.


The James Museum is a nonprofit organization and relies on philanthropy and the generosity of our members to fulfill our mission to ever-create and preserve a premier western & wildlife art museum. Your support will educate, entertain, and extol the virtue of art and culture in the minds and lives of our visitors. There are many ways you can support The James Museum!

  • Art in Mind: Art in Mind at The James Museum is an innovative initiative that offers a discussion-based in-gallery experience for adults with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Developed in collaboration with the University of South Florida’s Judy Genshaft Honors College, specially trained museum docents and undergraduate students facilitate an hour-long tour designed to promote expression, connection and an overall positive experience through the exploration of art.  Art in Mind is made possible through philanthropy. You will make it possible to create a space for connection, expression and enjoyment through art. Your gift allows The James to serve both adults with dementia and their caregivers, making a difference in their lives. Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, your gift to support Art in Mind will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact!
  • Museums for All: Museums for All is an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. YOU can help eliminate the cost of admission so our neighbors receiving food assistance can enjoy all the magic and wonder here.
  • Art For All: In early 2021, a fund was established by generous donors to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit The James Museum regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. This fund enables The James Museum to participate in Museums for All which provides free museum admission to SNAP EBT participants and their families as well as offer free educational opportunities for adults and children.
  • Collections Care FundThe James Museum Collection Care Fund provides funding to be used for the maintenance and conservation of the permanent collection. The permanent collection consists of approximately 400 works of art selected from over 3,000 pieces acquired by Tom and Mary James over their 50 years of art collecting.  Donations of $1,000 and above may be made to the Collection Care Fund. Gifts of $50,000 and above may be recognized on a mutually agreeable work of art in the permanent collection. Recognition is noted on the placard placed by the artwork.
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  • Legacy Gifts: Create a lasting legacy by naming The James Museum as a beneficiary in your will, trust, or other planned giving vehicle. Your gift is not only meaningful but can make a significant gift to support our mission.
  • Naming Opportunities/Corporate Partnerships: Donors may have the opportunity to reserve naming rights for exhibitions, programs, or specified museum spaces. This is a great option for corporations and local businesses to support The James Museum.

Volunteer: From greeting guests to guiding school groups, James Museum volunteers are a dynamic team of individuals who help create educational, enjoyable and welcoming experiences for our visitors. We are currently seeking applicants for our next docent class, as well as volunteers to assist with youth and family programs.

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