Browse 96 oil paintings and more than 100 watercolors and drawings at the otherworldly Dalí Museum ($21), a striking $36 million building that opened in January. The collection—which includes famous paintings like The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus and lesser-known works like Lobster Telephone—complement the architecture’s discreetly sunlit galleries and theatrical helix staircase. Don’t miss the eye-popping screening of Dalí and Luis Buñuel’s Un Chien Andalou, which plays continuously in the southern gallery.
Dodge the blue-haired ladies and sleepy Impressionist paintings at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts and instead witness the thriving music scene at Jannus Live, where raucous live acts spill onto the sidewalks all weekend long. The restored alley turned concert venue has hosted big-name acts like Vampire Weekend as well as local rock bands like the Orange Hour.
Admire the urchinlike Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier at the Morean Arts Center’s Chihuly Collection ($15), where the glass sculptor’s only permanent collection landed in July 2010. Cuban-born architect Albert Alfonso’s gallery space sublimely showcases the work in jewel-box vestibules—one lined with cypress walls, another with blue Venetian plaster.