Museums in Tampa Bay

30 Tampa Bay Museums

If you’re looking for a fun day out, you should visit one of Tampa’s many museums! From history to art to science, there’s something for everyone, and we’ll cover some of our favorites but provide you with a full list.

The Museum of Science and Industry is an excellent place for families, with exhibits covering everything from physics to the human body. There’s also an IMAX theater and a planetarium. If you’re into history, then the Henry B. Plant Museum is a must-visit. It features artifacts from the Gilded Age when Tampa was a central hub for trade and transportation. The Salvador Dali Museum is one of the unique museums in Tampa. It houses the most extensive collection of Dali’s work.

So, without further adieu, we’ll introduce four favorite museums in Tampa and provide you with a list of 26 more!

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Henry B. Plant Museum

The Henry B. Plant Museum, founded in 1933, is a National Historic Landmark and a unique transportive experience. It even holds accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums!

This building originally was home to the Tampa Bay Hotel, which houses plenty of unique, affluent, and diverse people. The museum retains original furnishings from the hotel curated by Mr. and Mrs. Plant. They brought back objects from all over the Orient and countries all over Europe and created a beautiful escape.

The museum still is home to the original decorations and furniture from the Tampa Bay Hotel. It feels as though you are instantly transported into a different time when you walk in. The museum gets its name from Henry B. Plant, a successful businessman, and entrepreneur. His interest focused on transportation, primarily railroads, and he became the founder of the Plant System of railroads and steamboats. His elaborate tastes translated to the thing he brought back and placed in the Tampa Bay Hotel, now for us to enjoy.

Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 13-17 yrs; $5 for children 4-12 yrs

Location: 401 West Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606 (The museum is in the south wing of Plant Hall on the campus of the University of Tampa.)

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm; Sunday 12 pm-5 pm; Closed Monday, OTL Seat Fillers, seat filling
Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa, Children's museum in Tampa

Glazer Children’s Museum

The Glazer Children’s Museum is so exciting that you’ll want to join in on the fun, too! This museum will have your kids wanting to come back the next day as it opens their minds to creativity and allows for discovery. Visitors have access to 53,000 square feet of imaginative play, including laboratories, discovery centers, and an experience your kids won’t forget.

Admission: $15 for adults; $13 for children 1-12; Members are free

Location: 110 West Gasparilla Plaza Tampa, FL 33602

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am-5 pm; Saturday 10 am-6 pm; Sunday 1 pm-6 pm

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Salvador Dali Museum

Fall in love with the artistic expression of Salvador Dali in the museum that commemorates his inspiring artwork. You can spend a whole day in the Salvador Dali Museum, which showcases the work of this bizarre, post-impressionist artist.

Start with breakfast on the premises, soak in the surrealist artwork, and then enjoy lunch at the Café Gala, wrapping up your experience with Spanish cuisine. If you’re a fan of surrealism, post-impressionist art, or just enjoy unique artwork, this is your place. And, you get the bonus of some great food, too!

Admission: $29

Location: One Dali Blvd St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am-5 pm; Saturday 10 am-6 pm; Sunday 1 pm-6 pm; Closed Monday

Tampa Bay History Center

Tampa Bay History Center

The Tampa Bay History Museum is a museum that focuses on the first native inhabitants that came into Tampa Bay, the Spanish conquistadors. Go on a journey with the people who shaped the area’s history and influenced a whole culture.

This museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, so you know it will be remarkable and informative. It has three floors of exhibits covering centuries of historical events, from Spanish conquistadors to how Cuban cigars became a part of the culture to the cattle drivers of Florida pioneers.

There’s so much to learn about Florida in an interactive exhibit that’s great for all ages.

Admission: $5 for adults; Free for children six and under

Location: 801 Water St. Tampa, FL 33602

Operating Hours: 11 am-9 pm every day

Tampa Bay Area Museums

Tampa Bay MuseumsAddressCityWebsite
Cass Contemporary2722 S Macdill AveTampa
Columbia Museum2029 E 7th AveTampa
Cracker Country Living History MuseumE Hillsborough AveTampa
Florida Chinese Cultural Center13367 N 56th StTampa
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts400 North Ashley DriveTampa
Florida Railroad Museum Willow Yard18850 Willow RdWimauma
Glazer Children's Museum110 W Gasparilla PlzTampa
Henry B. Plant Museum401 W Kennedy BlvdTampa
International Independent Showmen's Museum6938 Riverview DrRiverview
Michael Murphy Gallery2701 S Macdill AveTampa
Morean Arts Center720 Central AveSt. Petersburg
Museum Of Science & Industry4801 E Fowler AveTampa
Rear Admiral Leroy Collins Jr Veterans Museum3602 N US Highway 301Tampa
Robert W Willaford Railroad Museum102 N Palmer StPlant City
Saunders Planetarium4801 E Fowler AveTampa
Scarfone/Hartley Gallery310 N BoulevardTampa
SS American Victory705 Channelside DrTampa
Tampa Baseball Museum At The Al Lopez House2003 N 19th StTampa
Tampa Fire Fighters Museum720 E Zack StTampa
Tampa Museum Of Art120 W Gasparilla PlzTampa
Tampa Police Department411 N Franklin StTampa
Tampa Police Museum411 N Franklin StTampa
The Dali Museum1 Dali Blvd.St. Petersburg
The Florida Aquarium701 Channelside DriveTampa
The Tampa Bay History Center801 Water StTampa
Underground802 E Whiting StTampa
USF Contemporary Art Museum3821 USF Holly DrTampa
Veterans Memorial Park3602 N US Highway 301Tampa
Wandering Eye Art Gallery1600 E 8Th Ave Suite E109Tampa
Ybor City State Museum1818 E 9th AveTampa

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the most fun museums in Tampa Bay for families?

Families with younger children will appreciate the Glazer Children’s Museum with its interactive displays that kids love! But there are other family-friendly Tampa area museums. Some of the best include The Florida Aquarium, Saunders Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Florida Railroad Museum, Cracker County Living History Museum, and the Tampa Baseball Museum.

Are there art museums in the Tampa area?

Yes. There are a variety of art museums in the Tampa-St. Pete area. Some of the venues include the USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, Morean Arts Center, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, The Dali Museum, and Cass Contemporary.

What’s the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa?

Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is a three-in-one museum featuring exhibits, the Saunders Planetarium, and Sky Trail Ropes Course. With more than 100 activities like building a robot or getting comfy on a bed of nails, MOSI is a family-friendly museum that’ll appeal to all ages. The venue is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.