‘FREE Museum Day’ Returns To St. Pete

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St.Petersburg, Fla. –  For the past few years September 21 has been marked Smithsonian Museum Day. A day where guest can go log on to Smithsonianmag.com and grab free tickets to participating museums. Well, here in the Tampa Bay area we have a plethora of museums, so they have decided to have their own version of FREE Museum Day.  There is no need to log on any site and grab tickets. But I am sure you would like to know which one of your favorite museums will be welcoming guest with a zero price tag.  

Participating St. Petersburg Museums

  • The Dali Museum
    1 Dali Blvd.
    thedali.org
    – Only free for Pinellas County residents, who must show ID. 
    – Non-Pinellas County residents can be for a regular-price admission and receive a voucher to use at another tie. The voucher is valid through October 31, 2019.
  • Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum
    2240 Ninth Ave. South 
    www.woodsonmuseum.org 
  • Florida Holocaust Museum
    55 Fifth Street South 
    www.flholocaustmuseum.org 
  • Imagine Museum
    1901 Central Avenue
    www.imaginemuseum.org
    – Admission free on 1st floor
    – All visitors can sign up to receive 2 Bounce back Coupons for a return visit at a 50 percent off General Admission price. Must be used by 12/31/19. Events not included.
    – Retail Sales: Spend $25 and receive a free gift. Educational toys and games are buy-two get-one free. Buy 10 marbles & receive a free marble booklet.
    – Must be in line by 4pm
    – No large bags or backpacks allowed.
  • Museum of Fine Arts
    255 Beach Dr. NE 
    www.mfastpete.org
    – Free admission for everyone
    – 20 percent discount on new memberships
    – Pop up origami folding station in lobby. Fold a paper crane, fox, whale, and more!
    – Family activities and games in the Marly room
  • The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art
    150 Central Avenue
    https://thejamesmuseum.org
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    – Admission includes access to our current special exhibition, Environmental Impact II.
    – Explore the galleries with a fun scavenger hunt and hands-on activities for kids.
    – Due to the high volume of visitors there will be no public tours.
    – No food or drink is permitted in the galleries. Please enjoy these inside The Canyon Cafe.
  • Florida CraftArt Gallery
    501 Central Avenue
    www.floridacraftart.org
    – “Beautiful and Bizarre” figurative ceramics invitational exhibit Is open through October 20
  • Morean Arts Center
    719 Central Avenue
    www.moreanartscenter.org/events
    – Free Saturdays at the Morean activities for children ages 5 to 10 with a guardian in the “Bank of America Children’s Learning Center”
    – EXHIBITS: “Artofficial Intelligence: The 8th Annual St. Petersburg Robot Exchange” – “You Can Feel What We See: Works by Pinellas County Students” – “Morean curated at the Hermitage: Richard Seidel” (located at 151 7th St. S.)
  • Morean Art Center for Clay
    420 22nd St. South
    www.moreanartscenter.org/events
    Featuring an exhibit of work created by their 2019-20 Artists in Residence. The 48 working artists with studios at the Center also have a wide selection of hand-made pottery and sculpture on sale in their retail areas.
  • The Chihuly Collection
    720 Central Avenue 
    www.moreanartscenter.org/chihuly
    – The Chihuly is FREE for children under 5 and $3 for WIC and EBT card holders through the “Museums for All” program, an ongoing offer that will also apply on Sept. 21.
  • St. Pete Store
    100 Second Ave. NE
    www.thestpetestore.com
    -10 percent off store purchases, no minimum

What To Expect

With a list that long, just in the St.Petersburg area there is sure to be a museum you have been wanting to visit, just be prepared. 

Last year we took advantage of this awesome day, and were surprised to see many others are also just as excited. For example when we arrived for the Chihuly Exhibit last year we were welcomed with a line that extended about 100 people. But this should be no reason to deter you from getting out there and seeing some of Tampa Bays culture!    

To see a full list of this years  participating museums in  Tampa Bay and across the state of Florida for FREE Museum Day, go to  Florida Museum Day Participants.  

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Mike Blue is The Social Introvert – An introvert with some, and extrovert with many. Mike’s been collecting toys of his childhood and wondering Central Florida for over 35 years. He holds his certification in Plant-Based nutrition, loves exploring the small towns of Florida, and is the most approached unapproachable man on the planet….and he likes that! 

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