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Unbeatable museum deal

Published May 13, 2007


ST. PETERSBURG - This Saturday, residents can get a free lesson in culture at nine downtown sites.

The annual Free Museum Day is an opportunity for people to catch up on what's new at the attractions without having to pay admission.

Thousands of guests take advantage of the offerings, said Ann Wykell, the city's cultural affairs manager. Nearly three-quarters of those who attended last year were visiting at least one museum for the first time.

"The whole idea behind it is that these museums belong to everyone in the city, " she said.

The event is open to residents of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

American Sign Language interpreters will be available.

Many venue gift shops will offer discounts on merchandise.

Extra Looper trolleys have been added for the day, and a free shuttle to Great Explorations and Sunken Gardens will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the entrance to BayWalk.

Wykell said event planners encourage people to park in downtown lots and garages and use public transportation to travel among the attractions rather than moving their vehicles from one museum to another.

In addition, there is a 25 percent discount on admission to the Florida Orchestra's pops concert featuring guest conductor Marvin Hamlisch, which starts at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Mahaffey Theater at the Progress Energy Center, 400 First St. S.

Price is right

Participating venues

Event hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with exceptions noted.

The Arts Center, 719 Central Ave. Continuing exhibitions: "The Wild Bunch: Cowboys in Contemporary Art, " and "Cracker Country: Florida's Cowboy Culture."

Florida Craftsmen Gallery, 501 Central Ave. Continuing exhibition: "Sight Plus Touch Plus Sound Plus Taste Plus Smell."

Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S. Continuing exhibitions: "Daisy Brand" and "The Holocaust through Czech Children's Eyes."

Great Explorations, the Children's Museum, 1924 Fourth St. N. (4 p.m. close): Numerous interactive permanent exhibitions, including new "I Can Construct" space.

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE. Continuing exhibitions: "Compelling Visions: Florida Collects Folk Art, " "On the Road: Photographs Across America" and "20th Century North Carolina Pottery: A Time-Honored Tradition."

The Pier Aquarium, second level of The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE. New touch tank and new fish.

St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE: Continuing exhibitions: "Hubert Rutland, Chairman of the Board" and "Simply Snell Isle."

Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S. Continuing exhibition: "Dali & the Spanish Baroque."

Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N. (4 p.m. close): Guided tours.

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