Learn About Glass Art at St. Petersburg’s Imagine Museum
The Imagine Museum isn’t your typical art museum! This museum, located in the heart of St. Petersburg, Florida is entirely dedicated to glass art. For lovers of creativity and unique beauty, the Imagine Museum is the perfect place to spend an afternoon while visiting the Tampa Bay area.
The Imagine Museum was opened in 2016 by a businesswoman and glass artist who wanted to give back to St. Petersburg’s vibrant arts community while also educating the public about glass art. The museum has access to over 1,500 glass art works from contemporary glass artists from across the world, all of them highlighting the stunning work that talented artists can make from a basic material.
Exhibits for Everyone
The first floor of the Imagine Museum is dedicated to rotating exhibits, which showcase specific artists or focus on a particular glass art technique. Through January 2022, one of the rotating exhibits features the work of Dutch glass artist Peter Bremers, best known in the glass art world for his innovative use of light, form, and movement in his glass pieces, and for creating evocative pieces inspired by his worldwide travels.
Along with its rotating collections, the Imagine Museum also houses many permanent exhibits. These include:
- The American Masters in Glass exhibits, which features artwork from the pioneers of the glass art movement and introduces guests to the history and possibilities of glass art
- The Glass Now exhibit, which shows the current, contemporary, and cutting-edge pieces recently created by emerging glass artists from around the world
- The Contemporary Asian Glass Art exhibit, which focuses on pieces from Korean and Japanese glass artists
- The 1,000 Buddha Installation, created by the Imagine Museum’s founder Trish Duggan
The permanent exhibits also include sections devoted to two renowned glass artists, Petr Hora and Lino Tagliapietr, considered to be the “maestro” of glass art.
With so many unique exhibits, the Imagine Museum has something for everyone to marvel at, whether they’re already a fan of glass art or learning about this unique art medium for the very first time.
Planning Your Visit
To help visitors navigate the gallery and get the most out of their time at the Imagine Museum, the museum offers guided tours on Tuesdays through Fridays. For their tour, guests can choose if they’d like to focus on contemporary or international pieces, and there’s even an option catered specifically to young visitors, with a scavenger hunt to encourage them to learn all about glass art. Tours must be reserved in advance, and cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for children between 7 and 17. Discounts are available for students and military members.
For general visits to the Imagine Museum, the museum is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. General admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors over 65, and $10 for children from ages 7 to 17. Admission is free for children under 6, and student and military discounts are available. On Sundays, admission is $5. Tickets can be purchased online, and guests are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance of their visit.
The Imagine Museum is conveniently located on St. Petersburg’s bustling Central Avenue, nearby many restaurants, breweries, and shops. For more information about the Imagine Museum, please visit their website here.
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