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Museums, playhouses a stroll away from new Dalí

Visual arts

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg 255 Beach Drive NE; (727) 896-2667 or fine-arts.org. Established in 1965, the museum has the only comprehensive permanent collection, ranging from antiquities to contemporary art, on Florida's west coast.

Chihuly Collection 400 Beach Drive NE; (727) 896-4527 or chihulycollectionstpete.com. A permanent collection of installations by glass artist Dale Chihuly is on display in galleries designed for the glass.

Morean Arts Center 719 Central Ave.; (727) 822-7872 or moreanartscenter.org. The Morean Arts Center, an award-winning regional arts and education facility that operates the Chihuly Collection, has a glass studio and hot shop where you can watch glassblowers create one-of-a-kind pieces. The two are less than a mile apart and on the trolley route.

Florida Craftsmen Gallery 501 Central Ave.; (727) 821-7391 or floridacraftsmen.net. The nonprofit gallery offers fine crafts created by Florida artists along with themed exhibitions.

Performing arts

Mahaffey Theater 400 First St. S; (727) 892-5798 or mahaffeytheater.com. Located next to the new Salvador Dalí Museum, the theater hosts the Florida Orchestra, touring Broadway musicals and noted entertainers.

American Stage Theatre Company 163 Third St. N; (727) 892-5767 or americanstage.org. American Stage is considered one of the finest equity theater companies in Florida, with a sparkling new theater building and a schedule of plays from Shakespeare to contemporary playwrights.

Palladium Theater 253 Fifth Ave. N; (727) 822-3590 or spcollege.edu/palladium. This community theater, housed in a converted historic church and operated by St. Petersburg College, features local and national performances and concerts.

Studio@620 620 First Ave. S; (727) 895-6620 or studio620.org. A small organization with a big heart offers one of the most culturally diverse and innovative programs in the Tampa Bay area, incorporating theater, music and art.

Special interest

Florida Holocaust Museum 55 Fifth St. S; (727) 820-0100 or flholocaustmuseum.org. This history and heritage museum has a permanent collection documenting the Holocaust and memorializing its victims and survivors, and special galleries for temporary shows.

The Pier 800 Second Ave. NE; stpetepier.com. You can't miss this downtown landmark that sits at the end of a landing that stretches several thousand feet into Tampa Bay. It houses a few restaurants and gift shops, plus the Pier Aquarium. The view at the end is well worth the walk, but it's also a trolley stop.

St. Petersburg Museum of History 335 Second Ave. NE; (727) 894-1052 or spmoh.org. This small museum at the base of the Pier approach highlights the history of the city and the Pinellas peninsula.

A final thought As you explore downtown, you'll also discover a number of small art galleries you'll want to check out, too.

Museums, playhouses a stroll away from new Dalí 01/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 6:49pm]

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