ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg will shine the spotlight on its vibrant arts and cultural scene with a celebration of the arts featuring the annual ArtsAlive 2012 Free Museum Day on Saturday, Sept. 29.
For this once-a-year event, admission is free to several museums and cultural attractions in St. Petersburg. The city was designated by American Style magazine as America’s No. 1 Top Arts Destination for mid-size cities three years running, from 2010 through 2012.
ArtsAlive Free Museum Day hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participating venues include:
• The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S.
• Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S.
• Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE
• St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE
• Dali Museum, One Dali Blvd.
• Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N.
• The Pier Aquarium, 800 Second Ave. NE
• Creative Clay, 1124 Central Ave.
• Morean Arts Center Galleries/Glass Studio and Hot Shop, 719 Central Ave.
For more free downtown arts experiences, visitors may drop in at any of the many galleries (for a list, visit www.stpetearts.org). The Florida Craftsmen Gallery, where there is never an admission fee, will offer a special gift shop discount of 10 percent off with a minimum purchase of $25 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sept. 29 only. The Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop will feature live artist demonstrations at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. along with a meet-and-greet with local glass artists.
The city encourages visitors to park in city garages downtown and ride the St. Petersburg Trolley Downtown Looper or Central Avenue Shuttle. The trolleys will be stopping at or near most downtown ArtsAlive venues.
ArtsAlive is produced by the city of St. Petersburg and participating arts organizations in conjunction with the national Smithsonian Free Museum Day.
Free admission to the Dali Museum will be limited to Pinellas County residents only. Free admission for the Chihuly Collection is for Florida residents only.