How Does an Art Lover Spend the Day in St. Petersburg?
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04 / 21 / 17
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How Does an Art Lover Spend the Day in St. Petersburg?

How Does an Art Lover Spend the Day in St. Petersburg?

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Forget that out-of-date misconception that downtown St. Petersburg is just a sandy beach town and the city goes dark just after the sun goes down. Today's St. Petersburg, with its burgeoning arts scene, is so lively, interesting and full of hipster cheer that it makes for a fun, and certainly convenient, art lovers tour that will rival many cities across the globe.

The world-class Dali Museum put the city on the international museum map when it opened its present doors in 2011. The architecturally unique museum sits on a serene part of the St. Petersburg Bayfront. Besides mind-bending masterworks by Dali—stand back a good distance from Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln. To enhance the experience, avail yourself of the audio tour, recorded by none other than actress Susan Sarandon.

A mile up Central Avenue, the Morean Art Center and Chihuly Collection is the perfect next stop for your arts tour through St. Petersburg. Browse through the ground-floor galleries and gift shop, but the real attraction is the permanent collection of works by world-renowned glass master Dale Chihuly. A nice bonus, is entry into the hot shop right across the street, where we observed an interesting narrated glassblowing demonstration.

A popular, and maybe the most impressive stop, will be at the world renowned St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. From a collection covering almost 5,000 years of civilization in thousands of objects extending from antiquity to present, to fascinating traveling exhibitions, to exciting events in the heart of downtown's scenic waterfront, the MFA is there for your discovery. The MFA is proud to have within its walls the only comprehensive art collection of its kind on Florida's west coast. Highlights include masterpieces from Monet, O'Keeffe, De Koonig, Rauschenberg, Whistler and others, a sculpture garden, a Steuben glass gallery and one of Florida's most respected photography collections.

After a day full of timeless art pieces St. Petersburg downtown music scene is the perfect way to unwind and kick start your evening. The 2,031-seat Mahaffey Theater presents national acts as well as concerts by the Florida Orchestra. The Palladium, an old church converted into an 850-seat hall and an intimate 175-seat "listening room," hosts affordably priced jazz, blues, even opera and chamber music. Jannus Live, formerly Jannus Landing, is a cool outdoor venue near the Bayfront and The State Theatre, a 1920s-era Beaux Arts concert venue, hosts independent acts. If you'd enjoy a nice cold brew with your music, many of the city's growing craft brewery scene offers live music, as well.

As you enjoy your downtown arts tour, it will be hard to notice the newest masterpiece that has taken downtown St. Petersburg by storm. Overlooking the new Pier District will be Kolter Urban's latest development, ONE St. Petersburg. With construction well underway, the towering 41 story tower will soar above the downtown skyline. ONE St. Petersburg features landmark architecture, luxury condominiums, premier hotel, and array of world-class shopping, dining and amenities make it the new center of attention in this vibrant cityscape.

Forget that out-of-date misconception that downtown St. Petersburg is just a sandy beach town and the city goes dark just after the sun goes down. Today's St. Petersburg, with its burgeoning arts scene, is so lively, interesting and full of hipster cheer that it makes for a fun, and certainly convenient, art lovers tour that will rival many cities across the globe.

The world-class Dali Museum

The world-class Dali Museum put the city on the international museum map when it opened its present doors in 2011. The architecturally unique museum sits on a serene part of the St. Petersburg Bayfront. Besides mind-bending masterworks by Dali—stand back a good distance from Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln. To enhance the experience, avail yourself of the audio tour, recorded by none other than actress Susan Sarandon.

Morean Art Center and Chihuly Collection

A mile up Central Avenue, the Morean Art Center and Chihuly Collection is the perfect next stop for your arts tour through St. Petersburg. Browse through the ground-floor galleries and gift shop, but the real attraction is the permanent collection of works by world-renowned glass master Dale Chihuly. A nice bonus, is entry into the hot shop right across the street, where we observed an interesting narrated glassblowing demonstration.

Museum of Fine Arts

A popular, and maybe the most impressive stop, will be at the world renowned St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. From a collection covering almost 5,000 years of civilization in thousands of objects extending from antiquity to present, to fascinating traveling exhibitions, to exciting events in the heart of downtown's scenic waterfront, the MFA is there for your discovery. The MFA is proud to have within its walls the only comprehensive art collection of its kind on Florida's west coast. Highlights include masterpieces from Monet, O'Keeffe, De Koonig, Rauschenberg, Whistler and others, a sculpture garden, a Steuben glass gallery and one of Florida's most respected photography collections.

After a day full of timeless art pieces St. Petersburg downtown music scene is the perfect way to unwind and kick start your evening. The 2,031-seat Mahaffey Theater presents national acts as well as concerts by the Florida Orchestra. The Palladium, an old church converted into an 850-seat hall and an intimate 175-seat "listening room," hosts affordably priced jazz, blues, even opera and chamber music. Jannus Live, formerly Jannus Landing, is a cool outdoor venue near the Bayfront and The State Theatre, a 1920s-era Beaux Arts concert venue, hosts independent acts. If you'd enjoy a nice cold brew with your music, many of the city's growing craft brewery scene offers live music, as well.

As you enjoy your downtown arts tour, it will be hard to notice the newest masterpiece that has taken downtown St. Petersburg by storm. Overlooking the new Pier District will be Kolter Urban's latest development, ONE St. Petersburg. With construction well underway, the towering 41 story tower will soar above the downtown skyline. ONE St. Petersburg features landmark architecture, luxury condominiums, premier hotel, and array of world-class shopping, dining and amenities make it the new center of attention in this vibrant cityscape.

ONE St. Petersburg introduces a new standard for contemporary condominium living on Florida's west coast

ONE St. Petersburg introduces a new standard for contemporary condominium living on Florida's west coast. Brilliantly designed and lavishly appointed, each private residence offers stunning views through floor-to-ceiling windows in designer gourmet kitchens and indoor-outdoor living spaces that flow onto expansive terrace balconies. Unrivaled amenities enrich an exquisite private lifestyle that soars above and beyond.

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