Museums in Snell Isle, Saint Petersburg


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  • Great Exploration Children's Museum
    Since opening in 1987, Great Explorations Children's Museum has sparked a love for learning for visitors of all ages with a constantly rotating lineup of interactive exhibits that fill 18,000 square feet with touch, light, and sound. Whether they're learning about nearby sea life at Beth's Beach, honing their knowledge of textures on a crawl through the Touch Tunnel, exploring arachnids in the Critter Cave, or playing instruments in the Musical Magical Treehouse, kids benefit from each exhibit's emphasis on interactivity. Museum guides lead lesson programs in a multidisciplinary style, though visitors can also find the friendly professionals and their orange polo shirts bouncing between exhibits while performing science experiments, dancing, and playing music. In addition to visiting the museum's permanent exhibits, kids can also extend their learning journeys through the museum's lengthy list of camps and programs. The museum even takes its show on the road, with the Express Yourself Art Mobile bringing creative craft opportunities to neighborhoods around St. Petersburg.
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    1925 4th Street North
    St. Petersburg, FL US
  • Sunken Gardens
    In the middle of Saint Petersburg surrounded by tall buildings and shopping malls lies a 100-year-old oasis of waterfalls and lush plant life. Sunken Gardens, one of the city’s oldest living museums, surrounds visitors with a thriving ecosystem of more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. Winding paths lead explorers around rivers and ponds filled with fish and turtles. Flamingos walk the banks as passersby spy parrots and admire butterflies gliding from flower to flower. The tranquil gardens also host educational events and daily yoga sessions that help ease stress generated by everyday lives and not being able to touch your left elbow with your left hand.
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    1825 4th St N
    Saint Petersburg, FL US
  • St. Petersburg Museum of History
    Since 1922, St. Petersburg Museum of History has preserved and presented the heritage of St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Peninsula. Guests can experience the area’s history from pioneer times to the present day, including the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors and the search for the Fountain of Youth. Elsewhere, the World's First Commercial Airline Gallery charts commercial aviation history with a full-size working replica of the world's first commercial airliner, Schrader's Little Cooperstown features the world's largest collection of autographed baseballs. and guests can take a selfie with a 3,000 year old Egyptian mummy. Visitors looking to delve deeper into the past can explore artifacts in the museum archives or partake in one of its educational programs such as tours, community classes, and camps.
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    335 2nd Ave. NE
    St. Petersburg, FL US
  • Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete
    The Experience Inside a building in St. Petersburg, works of art from around the world gather like good friends. Georgia O'Keeffe's Poppy hangs not far from Paul Cézanne's A Corner of the Woods, Pointoise. Claude Monet's Houses of Parliament gives a glimpse of faraway lands, while Thomas Moran's Florida Landscape stays closer to home. With a range of permanent and rotating exhibitions, the Museum of Fine Arts seeks to engage visitors with art while preserving the pieces in its care. Much of the collection resides in an original 1960s building, but the adjacent modern gallery area draws in visitors with special exhibitions, interactive educational facilities for children, as well as being a beautiful location to hold a corporate dinner, wedding reception, or event. Guests can also stroll into the museum store to browse unique gifts, artisan jewelry, books, and more. The Highlights Permanent collection houses pieces from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well as classical and modern American art Daily events include docent-led tours, hands-on workshops, classical concerts, and lectures MFA Café overlooks the waterfront Five Decades of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, an exhibit featuring the Dandrew-Drapkin Collection through October 4th. Who They Are Even before the Museum of Fine Arts opened to the public in 1965, founder Margaret Acheson Stuart saw its galleries as a space where diverse audiences could explore art "from antiquity to the present." Architect John Volk had designed the original museum wing to instill visitors with a feeling of solidness and permanence. Decades later, the museum sought to expand, and conducted a nationwide search for a worthy architect. They were rewarded with designer Yann Weymouth, who completed a second building in 2008—a two-story, modern glass conservatory.
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    255 Beach Dr. NE
    St. Petersburg, FL US
  • The Florida Orchestra
    Classical, opera, and popular orchestral compositions make up the repertoire of the Southwest Florida Symphony, which has made quality programming its mission since 1961. Aiming to make music accessible to all, the symphony visits schools, offers scholarships, books youth-friendly concerts, and provides a friendly First-Timer’s Guide for new audience members unfamiliar with the proper way of applauding.
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    244 2nd Ave N
    Saint Petersburg, FL US

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