718 Cypress Village Blvd.
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Phone: (813) 633-3318
Fax: (813) 633-2747
Arts & Museums
This museum is filled with historic artifacts, memorabilia, and more chronicling the history of the railroad plus offers scenic train rides through Manatee County aboard vintage railroad coaches from the 30's, 40's, and 50's.
Opened in 1987, Clayton Galleries has been providing artwork to the Tampa community for over 25 years. The gallery highlights and promotes the work of Florida artists as well as regional artists through ongoing exhibitions. Current works along with earlier pieces by artists allow visitors to see the creative growth of each individual artist. On display you will see a variety of mediums including oils, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, paper, and photography. Rotating exhibitions are scheduled throughout the year. Clayton Galleries also offers custom framing from basic styles to embellished gold leaf finishes by an experienced in-house framer.
Housing the largest collection of Salvador Dali works in the world, the museum offers a regularly changing exhibit of the legendary surrealist artist's melting-watch canvases and a wide variety of his sculpture and fiber objects that are, at the very least, intriguing. One memorable creation toasts the cocktail party; it is a vest covered with full glasses of creme de menthe. Daily tours seek to explain this complex man and his equally complex art. In the museum store you can select a memento of your surreal experience. Do check the website or call for timings.
St. Petersburg Museum Of History has been amassing exhibits since 1920, the early boom days of St. Petersburg. A decidedly eclectic collection, the items range from fossilized footprints to St. Pete's famous green benches. There's an audio-visual presentation, hands-on exhibits of costumes and the Flight One gallery, devoted to pilot Tony Jannus. In the archives are 30,000 objects relating to the history of local tourism and businesses. Those are available to the public by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
This familiar downtown landmark with a classical-columned facade has a permanent collection consisting of classical and contemporary artistry in a variety of mediums. Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Bellows and O'Keefe are a few of the greats in the rotating collection. Antiques, historical furnishings, crystal, timepieces, photography, and a sculpture garden, all combine to create a collection designed to appeal to a wide range of viewers. Lectures, concerts, guided tours, and even tea in the garden, are available.
As an exclusive Dale Chihuly gallery, this venue features the gorgeous and breathtaking glass sculpture works. Unique to the field of blown glass, this man has single handedly pioneered the medium to what its become today. With his exhibits found all over the world, this particular gallery is a St. Petersburg gem.
Home to the world's most comprehensive collection of works by Salvador Dali, the late Spanish surrealist, this museum also offers guided tours and includes an extensive museum store.
First exhibited in 1995, the Treasures of the Czars collection, established this museum as a major player in the world of history and culture museums. Dedicated to showcasing some of the world's finest traveling exhibits, the museum is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, with art galleries, antique shops and restaurants within walking distance.
Learning about Tampa Bay's history is a fascinating trip from migrant tribes 1,500 years ago through the captains of industry to modern day cowboys. The Tampa Bay History Center offers tours that trace this history with pictures, artifacts and more. Walking through the doors of the salmon-colored building is like taking a step into the past. The gift shop offers clothing, books and coffee mugs.
The Holocaust Museum chronicles one of the grimmest segments of the world's history. The terrible story unfolds in photos, letters, and objects related to the Holocaust experience, including an authentic boxcar used to transport prisoners. An Anne Frank exhibit is one of the most touching and not to be missed. Exhibits of art that are genocide-related can be viewed as well, and exhibits change frequently.
Florida Craftsmen is a not for profit organization in St. Petersburg that patronizes local and emerging artists across the state. Showcasing mesmerizing fine art and craft creations by up-and-coming artists, in a vibrant and contemporary setting, most of the handcrafted items on display are up for retail. In addition, the gallery plays host to numerous cultural events and exhibitions, the coral reef crochet one will leave you dumbfounded.
This downtown art gallery is presently featuring color photos by Amy Koontz Knippel, handsome oversized photographs of wild Florida entitled "The Loxahatchee River Series" by the Florida landscape photographer. These evoke the older, wilder back country of a state that is racing pell-mell into over-development. This gallery venue takes part in the Downtown Gallery Walk and stays open in the evenings every second Saturday of each month. Framing is also done here by the gallery staff.