Located in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront arts district, the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (MAACM) is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the historic American Arts and Crafts movement. Founded by local philanthropist and collector Rudy Ciccarello, MAACM features stunning architecture and incredible works of art. Rising 5 floors above the downtown landscape and measuring 137,000 square feet, it is the largest museum in St. Petersburg.
Emerging at the end of the Victorian era in England, the Arts and Crafts movement was fueled by anxieties about the quality of life in the industrial era and the rise of mass-produced goods. Arts and Crafts designers sought to reform both decorative design and daily life, creating objects that were beautiful and functional. In America, the Arts and Crafts movement spread across the country from approximately 1890-1930. The tenets of the movement – simplicity in design, honesty in materials, hand craftsmanship, and depicting the natural world – are still widely valued today.
The most important artists and enterprises of the American Arts and Crafts movement are represented at MAACM. Visit us to see fine examples of Gustav Stickley, Charles Rohlfs, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Roycrofters, William Grueby, Newcomb Pottery, Margaret Patterson, Greene and Greene, Louis Sullivan, and many other gifted craftsmen and women. Immerse yourself completely in the movement with furniture, pottery, tiles, lighting, textiles, photography, fine arts, woodblocks, metalwork, period room installations, and more.