Chihuly Collection, St. Petersburg

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Chihuly Collection houses the only permanent collection of artist Dale Chihuly, whose glass sculptures have graced the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Louvre. Highlights include the Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier, commissioned specifically for the museum, which hangs from the ceiling. With spikes poking out at all angles, the chandelier resembles a sea anemone. For an in-depth look at Chihuly’s work, take a tour led by one of the museum’s knowledgeable docents. You can buy a combination ticket, which will allow you to finish the experience by stopping by the Glass Studio & Hot Shop to watch glassblowers create new works. Our St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker app makes visiting Chihuly Collection and other St. Petersburg attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • PBS and magazine articles and the Bellagio lobby ceiling had somewhat prepared me for fine art glass. This collection exceeded any preconception. Delightful, playful, colorful. A must see.  more »
  • One of the great Chihuly collections. Giant flowers, ceiling installations, wall art, a rowboat teaming with glass spheres and more. Allow time to go through the exhibit the enjoy the many neighborhoo...  more »
  • The day we were there our docent was unable to get in to work but truthfully, we (a group of 24 seniors) were able to wander our way throughout the extensive collection without missing anything. There...  more »
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  • Fantastic. A must see. Well worth the time to walk through the gallery. When admission is purchased with the glass blowing demonstration this makes for a very enlightening and worthwhile trip.
  • Glass art is also the art of light and is intensely captured in this amazing collection. Art glass has a very rich history and this presentation ensures that it also has a rich future.
  • Excellent collection. Best part was free admission to glass blowing experience. They will give you lessons for a fee.
  • On the positive side, the glass art is exquisitely crafted and quite interesting to view up close. The museum has a relatively nice layout and feels modern. Personally as someone in my 30s, I didn't enjoy the aesthetic of the Chihuly glass work. The art feels flamboyant, and showy and just didn't interest me aesthetically. This is a purely subjective opinion however. The older crowd around me seemed to marvel at the pieces. My second critique is that the price of admission at $20/ adult is far too much for the small size of the museum space. It took us about 20 minutes to view everything, including browsing the gift shop. There was also a video that we didn't see. The price of admission also includes a live glass demo at a glass studio about a block away. This was far more interesting to me to watch, since it was quite mesmerizing seeing a large glass vase come to life starting from raw, molten glass. Overall, if you're in St.Pete for a short time the Salvador Dali museum is a far better value for your time and cost of admission.
  • Glasswork breathtaking beautiful. The demonstration of glassblowing enthralling. Both my 7 year old were entertained for the entire time.

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