Tampa Bay has an outstanding selection of museums. These museums are my favorites.
You might remember Salvador Dali from his wild, surrealistic paintings. Did you know that Dali illustrated books and designed costumes and theater sets?
The remarkably beautiful Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg contains one of the world’s largest collections of paintings by the late Spanish artist. His works are displayed on a rotating basis, and there are guided tours exploring his offbeat career.
Stop at Cafe Gala for pastries and a cold Gazpacho soup.
Our mission is to engage, educate and excite the community by collecting, exhibiting, and preserving works of art for the enjoyment of all.
The Museum of Fine Arts is located in St. Petersburg, on beautiful Beach Drive. It is a short walk from the Dali Museum and surrounded by delightful restaurants with outdoor dining.
You will find lots of art in many mediums, but no activities for children.
The Museum of Science and Industry offers hands-on exhibits for all ages.
Pedal a highwire bicycle, fly a virtual reality fighter jet, or experience the force of a hurricane.
Wear a harness to explore the Sky Trail Ropes Course. An obstacle course suspended 36 feet about the ground, is a great way to occupy children and grandchildren.
Need a break? Watch a Sky Show in the
The Saunders Planetarium hosted by an expert astronomer.
MOSI has something for everyone!
The Tampa Museum of Art (TMA) is located on the Hillsborough River, in downtown Tampa.
TMA is Tampa’s largest museum devoted to contemporary art.
However, TMA also has an important collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, as well as special visual arts exhibits.
The Tampa Museum of Art offers numerous programs for all ages, including Art After Dark, an after-hours museum event that offers live music, performances, entertainment, culinary delights, libations and so much more.
The Tampa Bay History Center is located on Riverwalk in downtown Tampa.
This museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate, displaying traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian in D.C.
a $52-million facility that promises an interactive stroll through time.
Do you like learning history? Visit three floors of exhibits describing Florida through the ages.
Visitors can design their own citrus labels and cattle brands, walk through a reconstructed turn-of-the-century cigar store, join in a cattle drive by climbing into spring-loaded saddle seats and try their hand at Seminole weaving and fabric arts.
Exhibits cover everything from the Seminole Indians to Florida’s first European explorers and sports teams. A Scavenger Hunt leads children through the exhibits.
Want more? Riverwalk has daily events in the afternoon and evening.
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