Cultural Centers Celebrate 'Museum Day' With Free Entry

Eleven St. Pete/Clearwater museums to participate in Saturday's national festivities

Friday, September 23, 2011

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (September 23, 2011) - Museums and cultural centers throughout the St. Pete/Clearwater area will open their doors for free on Saturday, September 24, in honor of National Museum Day.

Venues across the country, including nearly a dozen of those in Pinellas County, will take part in Smithsonian Magazine's seventh annual celebration.

A Smithsonian admission card or a valid local ID may be needed to gain entry into some museums. For more information or to download an admission card, visit here:http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ .

Art connoisseurs will be delighted to hear that no less than ten St. Petersburg-based facilities will participate and offer free admission to guests.

Earlier this year, AmericanStyle Magazine ranked St. Pete number 1 in the mid-size city category of its annual survey of the nation's 'Top 25 Arts Destinations' for the second year in a row. The Sunshine City topped traditional favorites like Savannah, New Orleans and Charleston on the list of who's who among arts communities.

Below is a rundown of some of the participating museums throughout the St. Pete/Clearwater area: 

  • The Dali­ Museum (St. Pete) - The permanent home of the most comprehensive collection of this great Spanish artist's works, including the famed Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea which at Twenty Meters becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Dedicated solely to Dali­, the museum's mission is to protect and preserve this unique collection, making it available for enjoyment and education. A striking new Dalii­ Museum opened along the St. Pete bayfront on 1-11-11. *free admission for Pinellas County residents only*

    For more information: (727) 823-3767 or click here.

 

  • Museum of Fine Arts (St. Pete)- Showcases the only comprehensive art collection extending from antiquity to the present on Florida's west coast. It features 4,000 objects including works by Cezanne, Monet, Gauguin, Renoir and O'Keeffe.

    For more information: (727) 896-2667or click here.

 

  • St. Petersburg Museum of History (St. Pete) - Take a walk through aviation history in this gem of a museum dedicated to preserving the birth of commercial aviation. Displays a permanent interactive exhibition of the chronology of St. Petersburg's history filled with priceless artifacts, documents and photographs.

    For more information: (727) 894-1052 or click here.

 

  • Morean Arts Center (St. Pete) - The oldest, largest, and most comprehensive visual arts organization in Pinellas County, highlighting 25-30 rotating contemporary art exhibitions each year. A glass studio and hot shop allows guests to go behind the scenes and observe working artists creating magnificent glass pieces. Also visit the Morean Arts Center for Clay.

    For more information: (727) 822-7872 or click here.

Creative Clay (St. Pete) - A non-profit corporation that's been providing local artists with developmental, physical and/or emotional disabilities an opportunity to pursue their passion for art making. 

  • For more information: (727) 825-0515 or click here.
  • Great Explorations Children's Museum (St. Pete) - A "hands on" museum where kids touch, move and interact with exhibits that both educate and entertain. 

    For more information: (727) 821-8992 or click here.

 

  • St. Pete Pier Aquarium (St. Pete) - An intimate aquarium and marine education center with a Fresh Fish Theater and live creatures from Tampa Bay. Don't miss the daily touch tank and feeding experiences.

    For more information: (727) 895-7437 or click here.

 

  • Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum (St. Pete) - Named for the man who launched Black History Month, this African-American museum chronicles the historic voice of one segment of the St. Petersburg community in the perspective of local, regional, and national history.

    For more information: (727) 323-1104 or click here.

 

  • Florida Holocaust Museum (St. Pete) - The facility is the third largest of its kind in the United States containing photographs, memorabilia, books, films, videos and other material from and about the era. The museum's centerpiece is a boxcar used to transport people to concentration camps.

For more information: (727) 820-0100 or click here

  • The Armed Forces Military Museum (Largo)- Experience the fight for freedom through the eyes of American heroes as The Armed Forces Military Museum walks you through military history from a WWI trench to the flight deck of the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi. The museum displays exhibits reflecting WWI, an extensive display of Japanese memorabilia associated with the WWII attack on Pearl Harbor, displays of the USMC in the South Pacific, D-Day landings and German Third Reich memorabilia. Exhibits are enhanced with simulations of smoke, sounds of airplanes and tanks, and other audio/visual effects.

VSPC is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida. 

For more information: www.VisitStPeteClearwater.com

Contact: Public Relations Manager Josh Hall: Josh@VisitSPC.com

Phone: 727.464.7223 
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