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Chihuly Collection

  • 720 Central Ave. Map It
  • Downtown
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

In October 2016, the first permanent collection of world-renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly's work received a new, 10,000-square-foot home in an electrifying Albert Alfonso–designed building. Now, such impossibly vibrant, larger-than-life pieces as "Float Boat" and "Ruby Red Icicle" sit next to some of the famed sculptor's smaller and more under-the-radar works. You can tour the museum independently or with one of its volunteer docents (no added cost; tours are given hourly on the half hour during the week). Each display is perfectly lit against a shade of gray paint on the walls Chihuly himself handpicked, which adds to the drama of the designs. Don't miss "Mille Fiore" ("Thousand Flowers"), a spectacular, whimsical glass montage mimicking a wildflower patch, critters and all. Check out the gift shop at the end if you'd like to take some of the magic home with you. Your admission includes access to Morean Arts Center's glassblowing studio, where you can watch resident artisans create a unique glass piece before your eyes.

Sight Information

Address:

720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Florida, 33701, USA

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Phone:

727-856–4527

Sight Details:

  • $19.99

Published 07/06/2017

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