TBAYtoday City Guide Play Banner

Presented By  

Museums in the Tampa Bay area

Whether you’re a history buff, art aficionado, or sports fan, these 15 museums in TBAY have it all.

Screen Shot 2023-06-18 at 8.59.59 PM.png

Let the surrealist art at the Dali melt your mind.

Photo via @sabio28

Table of Contents

Museums are the cultural hubs of TBAY. Whether you’re looking to learn something new about the Big Guava or Sunshine City or simply plotting a way to spend your Saturday afternoon, here are 15 museums to visit in our area.

History

Screen Shot 2023-06-18 at 8.55.30 PM.png

The Henry B. Plant isn’t your typical hotel.

Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa | $12
Immerse yourself in the rich Tampa history and stunning architecture of the restored Victorian mansion that was once the winter home of railroad magnate Henry B. Plant.

Don’t miss: The Parlor Suite’s elegantly carved Victorian double bed.

Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Water St., Tampa | $0-$16.95
The museum, spanning three stories, narrates the rich history of the Tampa Bay region, chronicling the journey of its inhabitants from ancient times to the modern era.

Don’t miss: The giant wooden 19th-Century steamship replica and waterfront dining eats from the famous Columbia Cafe.

The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg | $0-$16
This museum commemorates the millions of innocent individuals who experienced or perished in the Holocaust while promoting awareness and education. Plus, there’s a whole section on Florida during WWII.

St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg | $0-$15
At this museum, visitors can explore a diverse range of exhibits, such as the Civil War exhibit and a remarkable collection of Native American artifacts.

Don’t miss: The scaled model of the city from the 1870s.

Arts

Screen Shot 2023-06-18 at 8.50.37 PM.png

How could you knot love the FMOPA

Photo via @itsjonkim

The Dalí Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg | $0-$29
This glass and concrete architectural marvel contains the largest collection of Salvador Dalí's artwork outside of Spain.

Don’t miss: The massive wall-to-wall paintings, portraits, photos, the spiral staircase, and the gift shop.

Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa | $0-$25
At this museum, you can find an extensive collection of artwork from around the world, spanning a remarkable 5,000 years. Its permanent collection includes priceless masterpieces by legendary artists such as Picasso, Renoir, and Van Gogh.

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 1630 E. 7th Ave., Tampa | $0-$12
The collection is comprised of photographs ranging from historical to contemporary times. The museum currently boasts an exhibit on the Florida Panther + several online exhibits.

Kids

Screen Shot 2023-06-18 at 8.58.02 PM.png

Hang around at the MOSI

Photo via @mosi_tampa

Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave. Tampa | $0-$14
MOSI is an excellent destination for science-curious children. The spot features a 3D theater, a rope course, and a zipline. Pro tip: It’s across the street from a USF Tampa soccer field for all your family picnicking needs.

Don’t miss: Gaze upon the endless amount of stars in our universe at The Saunders Planetarium.

Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa | $18
Bring the kids along for a day in TBAY’s 53,000-sqft interactive learning laboratory. Bonus points: This museum is super accommodating + accessible.

Don’t miss: Meet “Big John,” the world’s largest triceratops fossil.

Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 4th St. N., St. Petersburg | $0-$15
This spot is perfect for kiddos aged ten and below. Here, young ones can enjoy a mini Publix shopping experience, learn about dental hygiene by cleaning oversized teeth, and discover various career options for their future through toys and games.

Sports + Vehicles

Tampa Baseball Museum, 2003 N. 19th St., Tampa | $0-$12
This small museum showcases Tampa’s rich baseball history over 130 years. Fun fact: It’s the home of former baseball player Al Lopez.

Don’t miss: The wall of game-used baseballs + the micro baseball diamond.

Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd., Pinellas Park | $0-$14
Take a look at the assortment of unique automobiles (both new-age and classic models). Pro tip: You can purchase most of the cars, just ask the staff for help.

Don’t miss: The knowledgeable staff and the early 1900s electric vehicle collection.

Special Interest

IMG_1339.jpg

Take a trip down Western memory lane at the James.

Photo via TBAYtoday

Tampa Bay Firefighters Museum, 720 E. Zack St. Tampa | Free, donations accepted
Nestled within a 1900s firehouse (rescued by the firefighters who once inhabited it) stands an immersive historical exhibition. The exhibit boasts an array of badges, tools, and vintage uniforms.

Don’t miss: If you walk across the street, sometimes you can check out the new fire station and tour all the modern gizmos and gadgets.

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg | $0-$23
One gallery flows to another at this museum that aims to educate about the old American West, the spirit of the Native Americans, and the history of the pioneers and immigrants that shaped the US.

Don’t miss: “The Stories They Tell,” an exhibit of Western Native American pottery, basketry, and photography.

American Victory Ship & Museum, 705 Channelside Dr., Tampa | $10-$12


City Guides are presented by Water Street Tampa.

Check out our other Guides
Tampa Bay, FL has centuries of history. In this guide, we’re diving into some of the area’s oldest streets and how they got their names.
TBAY restaurants, cafes, and diners serving up all the eggs, pancakes, mimosas, and other brunch favorites you want to eat.
Tell us you’re from Tampa Bay without telling us you’re from Tampa Bay.
We’re highlighting the best kid-friendly activities that Tampa and St. Pete have to offer — complete with art classes, animal encounters, and outdoor fun.
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.
Prepare for winter weather in Tampa Bay, FL with these seasonal temperature and precipitation outlooks.
Dining in Tampa and St. Pete is always a fresh experience with new restaurants popping up all the time — and more on the way.
This guide will help you give back to the Tampa Bay area, including outdoor spots, veteran assistance, and mental health aid.
We break down where to eat, chow down, and how to make the best use of this beloved airport.
Make the most of good weather by taking your meals al fresco on one of Tampa + St. Pete’s many beautiful patios.
TBAYtoday Phone
Good news for Tampa Bay.
Get the best local news & events sent to your inbox each morning, for free.