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Museum Guide for Tampa

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Tampa is a family-friendly destination that offers a plethora of arts and cultural attractions. With so many activities available, Tampa has also risen as a real 'museum city,' boasting unique venues that are educational, exciting, and memorable.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Tampa Museum of Art

Art Museums

Henry B. Plant Museum

History Museums

Tampa Bay History Center

History Museums

SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship

Military Museums, Ships

Glazer Children's Museum

Children's Museums

Museum of Science and Industry

Science Museums

Tampa Firefighters Museum

Speciality Museums

Ybor City

Historic Sites, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

Art Museums

USF Contemporary Art Museum

Speciality Museums

Angela A's City Tips

  • Many museums in Tampa are very large, so if you are trying to visit several in one day, you will want to attempt to stick to a schedule.
  • If you also plan to visit some of the outer lying areas, or pop over to Clearwater Beach, I would suggest renting a car.
  • In Tampa, the HART (city buses) system will easily connect everyone to the top attractions and museums. This is a great option if you are truly trying to avoid renting a car.
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    Tampa Museum of Art
    Art Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    Tampa's Contemporary and Modern Art Museum offers an impressive array of both permanent galleries and traveling exhibitions. Even the building is a work of art, with programmable LED lights. While some feel that the large building should pack in more displays, there is a true elegance to the museum.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum offers all sorts of impressive extras, like Monday Meditations on select dates.
    • Every Saturday the museum offers a free art program for children.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 197 things to do in Tampa
    • Sono Café soars within the Museum of Art 02/01/2018
    • Very nice building. Great Greek collection 02/01/2018
    • Tampa Museum of Art
    Address:
    120 W
    Gasparilla Plaza
    Tampa, FL 33602
    Phone:
    +1 813-274-8130
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 - 19:00
    Fri
    11:00 - 20:00
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Henry B. Plant Museum
    History Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Henry B. Plant Museum is located on the University of Tampa's campus, and it was formerly a historic hotel. It is a National Historic Landmark, and it celebrates the lavish, Gilded Age lifestyle of the American people.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • Be sure to check their calendar of events for special exhibitions that may coincide with your visit!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 197 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So Great! 14/01/2018
    • U.S. National Register of Historic Places 08/01/2018
    • Henry B. Plant Museum
    Address:
    401 W Kennedy Blvd
    Tampa, FL 33606-1450
    Phone:
    +1 813-254-1891
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Tampa Bay History Center
    History Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Tampa Bay History Center offers interesting exhibits and insights into what shaped the Tampa Bay area into what it is today. Expect to have a fun, educational experience, viewing exhibits on cigar production, the Seminoles, and the Tampa Bay timeline.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute.
    • Free parking is available, with museum validation.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 197 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth the entrance fee 18/01/2018
    • Outstanding museum on local history 18/01/2018
    • Tampa Bay History Center
    Address:
    801 Old Water St
    Tampa, FL 33602-5418
    Phone:
    +1 813-228-0097
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship
    Military Museums, Ships
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    Angela A Says:

    The SS American Victory was actively involved in World War II, and both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Self exploration of the ship is included, as well as exhibits.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to ask the knowledgeable employees any questions that you may have, and you will receive a wealth of information, and perhaps a good story or two!
    • Be careful when climbing the steep, interior stairs.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 197 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Living History up close and personal 17/01/2018
    • Helpful if you have a guide 16/01/2018
    • SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship
    Address:
    705 Channelside Dr
    Tampa, FL 33602-5600
    Phone:
    +1 813-228-8766
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    12:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Glazer Children's Museum
    Children's Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Glazer Children's Museum offers over 170 exhibits within 17 differently themed areas. This museum pulls off being educational and fun without a hitch!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don't miss the firefighter's station, where you can dress up and drive the simulated firetruck!
    • Check out the calendar for traveling exhibits.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 197 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved it 06/01/2018
    • Great use of space, lots of activities in the building 04/01/2018
    • Glazer Children's Museum
    Address:
    110 W Gasparilla Plz
    Tampa, FL 33602-1500
    Phone:
    +1 813-443-3861
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Museum of Science and Industry
    Science Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Museum of Science and Industry offers well over 450 exhibits, and adults and children alike are often mesmerized with this gem of a museum! This is a must for all science enthusiasts.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check out the intriguing exhibit on carnivorous plants!
    • See a film on the giant IMAX screen!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 197 things to do in Tampa
    • STEM experience with kids 09/01/2018
    • A shell of its former self 06/01/2018
    • Museum of Science and Industry
    Address:
    4801 E Fowler Ave
    Tampa, FL 33617-2099
    Phone:
    +1 813-987-6000
    Other:
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    Tampa Firefighters Museum
    Speciality Museums
    Angela A Says:

    The Tampa Firefighters Museum shares the history and culture of Tampa firefighters by welcoming in the public to hear stories, view artifacts, and be educated on fire safety. This is a small museum, but it is extremely interesting!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
    • Be sure to check out the historical firetruck.
    • Donations are accepted in lieu of an admission fee.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #114 of 197 things to do in Tampa
    • Nice free treat for kids (but you have to pay to park) 16/08/2017
    • Awesome Place to Go 17/02/2017
    • Tampa Firefighters Museum
    Address:
    720 E Zack St
    Tampa, FL 33602-4002
    Phone:
    +1 813-964-6862
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 - 14:00
    Other:
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    Ybor City
    Historic Sites, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Angela A Says:

    Ybor City is a living, breathing history museum, that offers shopping, dining, and attractions. It is a National Historic Landmark District, and it just begs to be explored! Ride the TECO Streetcar, and visit the Ybor City Museum dedicated to its history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check out the walking history or nightly ghost tours!
    • Have a meal at Cristino's Coal Oven Pizza!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 197 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth visiting 17/01/2018
    • Definitely for grownups only - heavy on bars, strip clubs, tattoo joints 17/01/2018
    • Ybor City
    Address:
    Northeast of the Downtown Tampa on I-4 at Exit 1
    Tampa, FL 33618
    Phone:
    +1 813-247-4040
    Other:
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    Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
    Art Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is a unique venue that celebrates the art of photography. Though it is small, it offers a visually inspiring, moving experience.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Docent tours are conducted on Sundays.
    • Check the calendar online to see what traveling displays may be in the gallery.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 197 things to do in Tampa
    • Great Spot 16/01/2018
    • Unknown treasure 08/12/2017
    • Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
    Address:
    400 N Ashley Dr
    Cube 200
    Tampa, FL 33602-4300
    Phone:
    +1 813-221-2222
    Other:
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    USF Contemporary Art Museum
    Speciality Museums
    Angela A Says:

    The USF Contemporary Art Museum is located next to the USF College of the Arts, and contains galleries of contemporary art from across the globe. It offers visitors a peaceful, awe-inspiring atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Sundays.
    • Be sure to see the 106 original Polaroid photographs and 50 gelatin silver prints by Andy Warhol.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #144 of 197 things to do in Tampa
    • Features Creative New Artists 14/10/2014
    • USF Contemporary Art Museum
    Address:
    4202 E Fowler Ave Stop CAM101
    Tampa, FL 33620-7360
    Phone:
    +1 813-974-4133
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    13:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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