Tampa’s sprawl of marvelous museums is a major lure for new residents and visitors. From the Florida Museum of Photographic Art, to the Tampa Bay History Center, there is an exhibit to suit all curiosities. On Saturday, September 17, you can visit several of the area’s best museums for free!
Online timed reservations may be required, so make sure to check with the museum before heading out. Here’s a quick list of the participating museums in the city of Tampa, according to the Smithsonian website:
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is a treasure trove of visual masterpieces. Current exhibitions include Faces of Philanthropy, Suzanne Camp Crosby: The Art of Life, and Through The Lens of Conflict: Vietnam Press Photographs from the Dr. Robert L. Drapkin Collection.
Henry B Plant Museum
This hidden gem of a museum is housed inside the old Tampa Bay Hotel building, which was built in 1891. Unlike most museums dedicated to lifestyles of the past, it contains the actual furnishings enjoyed by the first guests to visit here.
Tampa Bay History Center
The Tampa Bay History center features 3 floors of permanent galleries. Their exhibit halls tell the wild story of Tampa, and all that has gone into making it the city it is today.
This rural history museum is a true step back in time. This 1890s living history museum focuses on hands-on school field trips and opportunities for the public to learn about old Florida.
You can also visit St. Pete on Free Museum Day! Click HERE for a full list of neighboring spots participating in Free Museum Day.