The Chihuly Collection is a permanent display of work by the Tacoma-born artist Dale Chihuly. St. Petersburg’s collection is not only one of the most impressive, but is also presented in a building that was officially approved and partially created by the master himself.
The charismatic glass sculptor enrolled in one of the country’s first university glass program in the 1960s. His work is very successful and unique, and Chihuly now has work featured in hundreds of galleries around the world. The Chihuly Collection is managed by the Morean Arts Center and set in 10,000 square feet of custom-built architecture designed by Albert Alfonso. Because of its size, the museum is able to house some of the glass artist’s grandest works. On the way in, you can’t miss Chihuly’s 20-foot high sculpture, crafted especially for the collection. Be sure to purchase the package deal or get a Groupon coupon. Otherwise this will cost more than you should pay. It is a much smaller collection than the one in Seattle.