Glass, it's everywhere. The cups that we drink from, our windows in our home, and even the windshield in our cars. While that is an art all its own, you can see the true creativity of glass art at the Chihuly Exhibit in St. Pete.
This permanent collection blesses the halls of the Morean Arts Center, and it's definitely worth the visit. World-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly's unique artwork takes the beauty of art, combining it with the awe-inspiring visuals of the museum's ornate architecture to create a visual experience that is truly stunning. Each space is specifically designed to complement each installation.
See small sculptures, wander through halls of glass or admire larger sculptures that evoke feelings of wonder, like the "Garden of Glass", in this one of a kind installation. Some even hang from the ceiling like a chandelier, light up, sometimes even both. You have to see them all in person to truly appreciate their full beauty.
The beauty of glass is its fragility and the amount of work that goes into creating these works of arts are truly admirable. Those wanting to see how blown glass art is made can wander over to the Glass Studio and watch glass artists in their element bringing pieces of glass art to life — it's honestly pretty mesmerizing. The observation studio is open noon to 5 p.m. on Mondays & Tuesdays until Sept. 30; The schedule changes throughout the year.
Whether you're new to glass art or are a Chihuly enthusiast, you'll be in awe as you explore the halls of glass greatness and take in each piece's unique beauty — definitely one of the Bay Area's best spontaneous day trips.
Price: $19.95 adult admission; Tickets can be purchased online here.
Address: Morean Arts Center, 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL, 33701
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: See the most gorgeous works of blown glass art by the world-renown Dale Chihuly. You'll be whisked away to a whimsical world of color, creativity, and imagination. The Morean Arts Center is known to host events from time to time too — like the recent Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest.