Spend the Day with Dalí without Spending a Dime

National ‘Museum Day’ promotes free admission to museums, cultural venues

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (September 23, 2009) – Museums and cultural centers throughout the St. Pete/Clearwater area will open their doors for free on Saturday, September 26th, in honor of National Museum Day.

More than 1,200 venues across the country, including a smattering of those from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg, will take part in Smithsonian magazine’s fifth 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/ 

Below is a rundown of some of the participating museums in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area:

• Salvador Dalí Museum - The permanent home of the most comprehensive collection of this great Spanish artist's works. Dedicated solely to Dalí, the museum's mission is to protect and preserve this unique collection, making it available for enjoyment and education.
For more information: (727) 823-3767 or www.salvadordalimuseum.org

• Museum of Fine Arts – Showcases the only comprehensive art collection, extending from antiquity to the present, on the Florida west coast. It features 4,000 objects including works by Cezanne, Monet, Gauguin, Renoir and O’Keeffe.
For more information: (727) 896-2667 or www.fine-arts.org 

• St. Petersburg Museum of History – 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; www.spmoh.org 

• Florida International Museum at St. Petersburg College - The museum’s mission is to bring the world to the state of Florida through traveling exhibitions. It currently features a collection from the Gulf Coast Museum of Art. 
For more information: (727) 341-7900; www.spcollege.edu/fimuseum

• Morean Arts Center - 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 more than 2,900 artists of all abilities and backgrounds. A planned expansion will house the collection of internationally-renowned glassblower, Dale Chihuly, as well as a glassblowing hotshop and stadium-seating for viewing.
For more information: (727) 822-7872 or www.moreanartscenter.org

• Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art - 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 www.spcollege.edu/central/museum 

• Great Explorations Children’s Museum - A —hands on” museum where kids touch, move and interact with exhibits that both educate and entertain.
For more information: (727) 821-8992 or www.greatexplorations.org 

• St. Pete Pier Aquarium - 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 feedings from 1-4 pm.
For more information: (727) 895-7437 or www.pieraquarium.org

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