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GET THEE TO A MUSEUM

Art is alive and well in downtown St. Petersburg, and for a day it's free on Saturday to Pinellas and Hillsborough residents.

ArtsAlive 2008 features free admission to six museums and Sunken Gardens. The family-friendly day puts the spotlight on the city's arts and cultural scene.

Each location will offer drawings and prizes. American Sign Language interpreters will be available at each site offering interpreted tours and assistance at the entrances.

The Arts Center and Florida Craftsmen Gallery will offer gift shop discounts.

Private galleries throughout downtown will round out the experience.

Fast facts

ArtsAlive 2008

When: Saturday. All museums are open from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Great Explorations and Sunken Gardens are open till 4 p.m.

Parking, trolley: Visitors can park in city garages downtown and ride the downtown Looper Trolley for 25 cents. The trolley will operate from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., stopping at or near every downtown ArtsAlive venue. A one-day free shuttle will start at BayWalk and run to Great Explorations and Sunken Gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Contact: 551-3250 or go to the venue Web sites. Check out private and more nonprofit arts venues at stpetearts.com.

Participating museums

Florida International Museum, 244 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg; 341-7900 or floridamuseum.org

Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg; 820-0100 or flhm2.org

Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg; 823-3767 or salvadordalimuseum.org/home.html

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; 896-2667 or fine-arts.org

St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE; spmoh.org

Great Explorations: The Children's Museum, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg; 821-8992 or greatexplorations.org

Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg; 551-3148 or www.stpete.org/sunken

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