Our museum was founded by Tom and Mary James, a gift to the St. Petersburg community and beyond. Through personal relationships with artists and many travels to the American West, they have amassed a significant collection that speaks to their interests in history, storytelling and the human spirit. The narratives and varying perspectives within the art evoke personal responses. While often relating scenes from the past, most of the art was created in our own era. Mary and Tom James share a passion for supporting living artists, especially those who portray subjects of American Western history, American Indian cultures, and wildlife from around the world.
The James Museum collection is arranged in themed galleries: Early West; Native Life; Native Artists; Frontier; Wildlife; and New West. The galleries connect one to the next, much like the stories in the art relate to each other. Hundreds of paintings and sculptures are on display for enjoyment, education, and inspiration.