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OTHER MARVELOUS MUSEUMS

As you're waiting for your Chihuly time, might as well check out some other nearby St. Petersburg museums. Here are highlights.

Museum of Fine Arts

255 Beach Drive NE

Practically across the street from the Chihuly Collection, the museum is an easy stop. Its collection has 19th century French and American paintings, early 20th century American paintings and photography. Two famous works are Claude Monet's Parliament, Effect of Fog and Georgia O'Keeffe's Poppy.

Now on exhibit: "A Passion for Photography: Selections from the Carol A. Upham Donation"; "Changing Identities: The Len Price Photographs of Jessie Mann"; and "Turmoil and Triumph: American Works on Paper from the World War II Era" (active duty and retired military with ID get $4 discount during this exhibit, through Aug. 15).

MFA Cafe: It's really a cordoned-off section of the soaring atrium at the museum's center (no admission required for cafe). It's a prime spot for lunch: soups (a stunning creamy smoked tomato), salads (think smoked duck paired with citrus-dressed frisee, crisp apple and toasted walnut) and burgers.

Hours:10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: Summer discounts: half-price adults and seniors 10 a.m.-noon weekdays; one free child with each paid adult. Regular admission: $16, $14 seniors, $10 students.

Information: (727) 896-2667. fine-arts.org.

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Dali Museum

1000 Third St. S

The museum holds the largest collection of art by surrealist Salvador Dali outside Spain. Plus, it has an awesome, large gift shop with "melting clocks" for every occasion. If you take the Looper, you'll go by the new museum under construction, with its swooping glass architecture. It's scheduled to open in January.

Now on exhibit: "Sharing Salvador," a selection of paintings, objects and photographs with a historical narrative on how the museum began.

Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: $17, $14.50 seniors, military and police, $12 ages 10 to 18, $4 ages 5 to 9. $5 after 5 p.m. Thursday.

Information: (727) 823-3767. salvadordalimuseum.org.

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Florida Holocaust Museum

55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg

The museum's core exhibition features artifacts, video and photos to show the history of the Holocaust. It is home to one of the few remaining railroad boxcars that transported Jews and other prisoners to places like Auschwitz and Treblinka.

Now on exhibit: "Andrea Keys Connell: Ceramic Sculptures," with figures that appear to sink into the walls and floors of the gallery.

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

Admission: $14, $12 seniors, $8 students under 18. Free for children under 6.

Information: (727) 820-0100. flholocaustmuseum.org.

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Morean Arts Center

719 Central Ave.

For more than 90 years, the arts center has been part of the cultural scene in St. Petersburg. It serves more than 100,000 adults and children annually through educational programs and art exhibitions.

Now on exhibit: If you're heading over to the arts center for the hot shop (see Page 15), there are two exhibits to check out. "Ricky Bernstein: Kitchen Dreams" uses oversized collage-style wall reliefs with a distinct pop-art flavor to pull us into domestic dramas with a sense of humor. In "This Woman's Work," photographer Margaret LeJeune, painter Amy Hill, mixed-media artist Candice Smith Corby and glass etcher Lisabeth Sterling give their unique view of the woman's role in the home.

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Admission: $8, $6 seniors, students (with ID) and children $5, 5 and under free, members free. Free admission on Mondays.

Information: (727) 822-7872. moreanartscenter.org.

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St. Petersburg Museum of History

335 Second Ave. NE

It maintains a collection of more than 32,000 artifacts and an archive of more than 8,000 historic photos and 5,000 documents.

Now on exhibit: The "YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg's Retrospective Exhibit" displays photos and artifacts of historical moments from the YMCA's 90-year history in St. Petersburg.

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday, Tuesday.

Admission: $9, $7 seniors, $5 children, under 8 free.

Information: (727) 894-1052. spmoh.org.

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