Cultural Centers Celebrate "Museum Day" With Free Entry

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

Thursday, September 23, 2010

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (September 23, 2010) - Museums and cultural centers throughout the St. Pete/Clearwater area will open their doors for free on Saturday, September 25, in honor of National Museum Day. 

Venues across the country, including nearly a dozen of those from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg, will take part in Smithsonian Magazine's sixth 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://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/.

Art connoisseurs will be delighted to hear that no less than eight 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 category of its annual survey of the nation's "Top 25 Arts Destinations." The Sunshine City topped traditional favorites like New Orleans, Savannah 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: 

Salvador 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 (pictured). 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 Dali Museum will open along the St. Pete bayfront on 1-11-11. 
For more information: (727) 823-3767 or http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/listings/69/.

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) 896-2667 or http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/listings/73/.

St. Petersburg Museum of History (St. Pete) - 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 http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/listings/6363/.

Morean Arts Center (St. Pete) - The oldest, largest, and most comprehensive visual arts organization in Pinellas County. It highlights 25-30 rotating contemporary art exhibitions each year with work by nearly 3,000 artists of all abilities and backgrounds. A glass studio and hot shop allows guests to go behind the scenes and observe working artists creating magnificent glass pieces.
For more information: (727) 822-7872 or http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/listings/1963/.

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 http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/listings/7179/1. 

St. Pete Pier Aquarium (St. Pete) - An intimate 2,000 sq. ft. aquarium and marine education center established in 1988. They have a Fresh Fish Theater with live creatures from Tampa Bay and around the world and daily touch tank and feeding experiences.
For more information: (727) 895-7437 or http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/listings/604/1.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum (St. Pete) - Named for the man who launched Black History Month, this African-American museum presents 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 http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/listings/7415/.

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 permanent exhibit is a boxcar used to transport people to concentration camps. 
For more information: (727) 820-0100 or http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/listings/3300/.

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (Tarpon Springs) - The Tarpon Springs museum's 20th century collection is made up of art from Abraham Rattner's estate donated by Allen and Isabelle Leepa and a large donation made by the Tampa Museum of Art in 1997. It is filled with Rattner's retrospective works: lithographs, tapestries, sculptures, paintings and stained glass.
For more information: (727) 712-5762 or http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/listings/2904/.

Panama Canal Museum (Seminole) - The Panama Canal Museum is the only museum in the world founded to preserve the history of the United States in Panama with a focus on the Panama Canal (1904-1999). The museum recognizes the contributions of all nations in making this 20th century engineering marvel considered the moon shot of its day.
For more information: (727) 394-9338 or http://panamacanalmuseum.org/.

The Armed Forces Military Museum (Largo) - Experience the fight for freedom through the eyes of American heroes, as The Armed Forces Military Museum, walks 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.
For more information: (727) 539-8371 or http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/listings/7600/.

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