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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. Chihuly Collection is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, St. Petersburg Edition.
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  • The exhibit is well appointed to showcase chihuly's works. Well worth the admission which includes glass blowing demo.  more »
  • Watched the glass blowing demonstration and visited the museum. We found both very interesting and enjoyable. Love museums and this one was a little different from most. Both husband and I were fascin...  more »
  • I have seen this exhibit about thee times and it's worth it every time. It's easy to forget how majestic and beautiful the glaaswork is until you go into the exhibit again and re-wow yourself.  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.
  • 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.
  • This was amazing. I recommend seeing this if you are ever in the area. You won't be disappointed.
  • Glasswork breathtaking beautiful. The demonstration of glassblowing enthralling. Both my 7 year old were entertained for the entire time.