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The Morean Arts Center has been around St. Pete for more than 100 years

Posted at 4:14 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 16:15:50-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Morean Arts Center has been around St. Pete for 103 years. Families can easily spend a day there checking out the Chihuly Collection, glass blowing demonstrations, free art exhibits and much more.

The Morean Arts Center is made up of four components:

  • Chihuly Collection — This is the largest permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s glass artwork nationwide. See colorful glass transformed into beautiful sculptures and structures. Tickets are $20 (kids 5 and under get in free).
  • Morean Glass Studio — Shop for stunning glasswork and check out a glass blowing demonstration (free if you bring your Chihuly Collection ticket). Narrated demonstrations are done on the hour from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. every day of the week.
  • Morean Arts Center Contemporary Gallery — Stop by this completely free gallery to check out some thought-provoking exhibits. Four exhibits from local and national artists/curators are shown at a time and are rotated out every few weeks.
  • Morean Center for Clay — This is the largest working pottery center in the U.S. Stroll through the free exhibits or sign up for a workshop.

The Morean Arts Center also takes part in the Museums for All program, which makes art more accessible for lower income families. Tickets for the Chihuly Collection are $3 when guests show their EBT or WIC card.

“The Morean has been in the community for...more than a hundred years now,” said Howayda Affan, executive director for the Morean Arts Center. “One of the legacies is accessibility. Since it started back in 1917, it was very make sure that children have access to good art experiences.”

On Saturdays, families can take part in the make-and-take art program from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy free art activities and take their crafts home with them.

The Morean is located in Downtown St. Pete. To learn more, click here.