700 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Admission: $19.95; $17.95 seniors 65 and older; $12.95 students; children 5 and younger free.
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The much anticipated opening of glass artist Dale Chihuly's work took place in summer 2010. The collection is the only space in the world devoted to a museum-like permanent installation of Chihuly's works.
Five galleries and four smaller "vitrines" contain installations and sculptures. All of Chihuly's signatures are here: the Chandeliers, Mille Fiore and Float Boat, each containing hundreds of individual pieces; the Macchia, Venetians and Ikebana created as singular sculptures and arranged in generous groupings; and, of course, a Persian Ceiling. On display: John Kiley: Luminosity will feature a variety of works from the Seattle-based glass artist. Through July 11.
A few things to know:
Tickets are timed for every 15 minutes, and there are docent-led tours every half hour.
Keep in mind that the collection is glass, so all backpacks, shopping bags, packages, coats, umbrellas must be checked at the coat check.
No food or drink can be brought into the galleries.
The collection might not be appropriate for all children, it's important that all visitors understand that they should not touch the art in the gallery, and of course, no running in the gallery.
Photography is prohibited.
Read Times art critic Lennie Bennett's overview of what to expect if you go.
She also wrote a longer story about how the collection came to be in St. Petersburg.
And you can watch a video that shows some of the pieces on display.