Whether you are a first-time visitor to a glass museum or this is your first time visiting museums in Tampa or St. Petersburg, FL, the IM tours are designed with you in mind. When you take part in our free tours, self-guided tours or our group tours for 10 or more, you will be amazed at the history of contemporary glass art and the breadth of innovation and creativity the artists working with glass have produced.
FREE GUIDED GROUP TOURS
Free with admission GUIDED TOURS OF OUR CONTEMPORARY GLASS
COLLECTION AT IMAGINE MUSEUM
The following tours are offered at specific times throughout the week. Make sure to book your admission ticket early, as we can only take so many reservations during these specific time periods.
What is Studio Glass? Where did it begin? Who were the early American artists that challenged the utilitarian, craft specific, factory created role of glass in society? Join us for a 30 minute introductory tour of the American Studio Glass Movement that began in the 1960’s with pioneer artists Harvey Littleton, Dale Chihuly and many others. You will be delighted comparing the early experimentations of these glass innovators to what is being created in America today.
American artists banded together in the early 1960’s to challenge the status quo of glass making, specifically in factories. Europeans, raised within the factory traditions, began to challenge their pasts and make room for new expressions in glass. Join us for a 30 minute tour of the International contemporary glass artists in the IM collection. Through comradery and collaboration, they shared their glass making traditions with the Americans, and the Americans provided them a special freedom for personal style development and communication that forever changed the factory dominance of glass art and craft around the world.
Free with admission SELF-GUIDED KID-FRIENDLY TOUR
Discover your inner explorer and go on a quest to find the wild glass animals that escaped from our Museum Gift Shop.
After completing your hunt, visit our retail department where the entire animal kingdom is available for purchase, only $5 each.
Take a “Journey of the Imagination” tour and be transported to “other worlds” with imaginative glass artworks and augmented reality experiences. Celestial boats, launching glass rocket ships, and selfies with aliens provide fun and wonder for the entire family.
Let Imagine Museum customize a memorable tour for your family, group of friends, corporate clients, or your social or philanthropic groups. We promise, you will be inspired and uplifted by our contemporary glass museum and the captivating world of Studio Glass. Private Group Tours are available to parties of 10 or more. All safety protocols are observed.
In 1963, Harvey Littleton started the first “glass as an art material” graduate program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Soon after, Dale Chihuly, the foremost figure in American Studio Glass, received an MFA degree from the program and went on to study and lead the glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design for 10 years. Others followed, sharing new insights and techniques as “Studio Glass” art was beginning to take form.
From these early influential glass pioneers, American artists continued to work in new innovative ways, using the material and creating works of art not seen before. We want to share the significant advancements made by these pioneering artists to the overall visual dialogue of the late 20th and early 21st century.
Comprehending the transcendent nature of glass on contemporary ART
The United Nations has designated 2022 as the International Year of Glass and Imagine Museum is part of a world-wide celebration that highlights how glass continues transforming society through technology and science.
Our Artist of the Year exhibition features Martin Blank, one of the premier figurative sculptors across the globe. His work expresses motion, sensuality, and the powerful resonance of human landscapes.
Imagine Museum’s vast international collection represents the spirit of experimentation and innovation of artists from around the world. From the Isle of Murano, to the European cities throughout the continent and beyond, contemporary artists have taken the traditions of each of their countries and found their individual expression in the glass material.
Many countries are represented in the collection including the United States, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden and parts of Asia. Where “glass art” was once considered a “craft” now can be seen as an explosive element in the contemporary art world of today. The artists represented in the IM collection demonstrate how they too are breaking new ground in concept, technique and presentation. You will experience magnificent international sculptures that not only reflect humanities aesthetic similarities, but also the varied cultural infusions of history, geography and place.
Any major changes in group size or cancellation must be made five days prior to the arranged date.
On the day of your visit:
Please call if you
are running late
The number to contact is:
727-300-1700 ext. 119
The group leader must check-in at the Ticketing desk, located in the center of the Grand Hall.
Payment is required
in one transaction
Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: Noon – 5 pm