- Mar 12 2022
- 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
VIP Tour – Downtown Saint Petersburg
St. Petersburg is a very quaint and artsy town right on the Tampa Bay. There are many sites to see and we hope this provides you with suggestions for your next visit to the area. Many nearby locations have membership reciprocity with Edison and Ford. We will start with an early, private luncheon experience in the heart of the St. Petersburg downtown area.
Get ready to enjoy multiple venues and if you enjoy art, you will love this one. The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, located in downtown St. Petersburg was founded by businessman Thomas James and opened in 2018. The museum has thousands of pieces from the James’ collection including traditional as well as contemporary pieces. The Special Exhibit on the 2nd floor is called Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories. This is a story about the federally-operated, off-reservation boarding schools aimed to eradicate Native American cultures through forced assimilation of children.
Next, we will visit the Chihuly Museum. The collection is a permanent and stunning collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique work. This museum was designed to create a visitor experience where the art and architecture work together. The entrance has a 20-foot sculpture. Chihuly’s work has transformed and influenced contemporary art beyond just glass. You will love this!
Our final stop is across the street to the glass blowing studio at the Morean Art Center. This is quite a treat and you will be fascinated by the glass-blowing demonstration process. This may inspire you to come back and take a class. Watch as artists perform their glass blowing skills in this one-of-a kind demonstration. Glass pieces are also for sale in the adjacent glass shop.
At 5 p.m., you will have an hour to visit the glass shop, other nearby shops and enjoy this great cultural district within walking distance.
TOUR COST: $135 FOR EDISON FORD MEMBERS; $150 FOR NON-MEMBERS
For questions or to make a reservation for this or any tour, please contact Sherri Muske at 239-335-3677 or sm****@ed********.org. Tours fill up quickly, reserve early.
Please note all tours include a lot of walking, bus stairs and sometimes maneuvering in tight spaces. Please plan accordingly.
Cancellation Policy – Cancellations must be 14 days prior the tour date to receive a full refund, unless the vacancy can be filled. Cancellations made by Edison and Ford due to unforeseen circumstances will warrant a full refund or credit for another tour in the same season.