The Tampa Free Museum Day Guide

Outside the Tampa Bay History Center along the Tampa Riverwalk

Y’all, this city is brimming with amazing museum! From the Florida Museum of Photographic Art, to the Tampa Bay History Center, there is an exhibit to suit all curiosities. Sometime it’s a little too pricey to hit all of them, but on September 21 these cultural hubs will open their doors to the public for free.

Here’s a quick list of the participating museums in the city of Tampa, according to the Smithsonian website:

Tampa Museum of Art

The Tampa Museum of Art is full of innovative exhibitions that literally fill our eyes with wonder. The stunning sculptures, installations, and classic works of photography make it unlike any other cultural hub in the city.

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120 West Gasparilla Plaza

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is a treasure trove of visual masterpieces. Current exhibitions include Stephen Wilkes’ Day to Night series, and Garry Winogrand’s Women are Beautiful.

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400 North Ashley Drive

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. 

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401 West Kennedy Boulevard

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.

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801 Old Water Street

Cracker Country

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.

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4800 Highway 301 North

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Andrew Harlan

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