Dale Chihuly is a world -renowned, American glass blowing artist. Born on September 20, 1941, in Tacoma, Washington, Chihuly’s large scale, contemporary creations are unique and inventive. His breathtaking environmental art and gravity defying installations create a sense of wonder and amazement.
Within the Central Arts District of downtown St. Petersburg, the Morean Arts Center includes a building designed specifically to display a permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s glass creations.
We visited this amazing exhibit in December of 2016.
The Morean Arts Center is free to the public and showcases the work of local artists. Across Central Avenue is the spectacular building containing the Chihuly permanent collection. To view the Chihuly collection, buy tickets online or inside the Chihuly building. Tickets are $19.95.
As a pioneer in the artistic glass movement, Dale Chihuly is creating stunning, fragile artwork completely made using different glass blowing techniques. His sculptures range from enormous, complex outdoor installations to ornate and breathtaking colorful bowls.
Because this is a permanent exhibit, the architecture of the building and the glass pieces were designed to work in harmony, creating an unique visual journey and a peaceful experience for visitors. The intricate and very deliberate placement of lighting showcases and highlights the dancing colors and delicate artwork. It is purely breathtaking.
We spent at least 2 hours enjoying the collection and near the exit, we found a Dale Chihuly biographical movie playing in a small theater with benches for seating. The film was a little long, but very informative and worth the extra time. My daughters studied Chihuly several months before our vacation, but learned quite a bit more from the movie at the museum.
My family and I were completely mesmerized by the glass work of Dale Chihuly. If you find yourself near St. Petersburg, put this museum on your “Must-Do” itinerary.
The Morean Arts Center is located at 719 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33701.
It is free and open to the public.
Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m.
The Chihuly Collection is located at 720 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33701. The main website is www.moreanartscenter.org For more information, call 727-822-7872.
Ticket prices are $19.95 per adult and include entry into the Chihuly Collection, The Morean Arts Center, live glass blowing demonstrations at the Hot Shop and docent lead tours Monday-Friday.
Senior, military and student discounts are available.
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