Explore Tampa Bay: Local Museums

Explore Tampa Bay - Local Museums

Looking for a way to sneak some education and culture into the kids’ summer?  You won’t have to travel far.  The Tampa Bay area is packed full of museums to visit.  From history to art, we have lots of museums to chose from.  Here are few local ways to explore Tampa Bay.

Tampa Museum of Art – 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa – Cost: Adults – $15, Students – $5, Under 6 – Free

Located downtown, next to Curtis Hixon Park, is Tampa’s very own art museum.  Be sure to check their website for special discounted or “pay as you will” days being offered throughout the summer.  The Museum of Art also offers a free Art Spot program on Saturdays giving families an opportunity to create projects inspired by the pieces currently on display.

Tampa Bay History Center – 801 Old Water Street, Tampa – Cost: Adults – $12.95, Students – $10.95, Children (4-12) – $7.95, Under 4 – Free

Take a trip through Florida’s history with a visit to the Tampa Bay History Center located in the Channelside District.  Check their website for details on visiting exhibits and special events.  Before you leave, grab a bite to eat at the historic Columbia Café and take a stroll down the Riverwalk to enjoy incredible views of downtown Tampa and the Bay.

Henry B. Plant Museum – 401 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa – Cost: Adults – $10, Students- $7, Children (4-12) – $5, Under 4 – Free 

Step back in time and take a tour through the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel.  Pack a lunch and picnic in the gardens of Plant Park with views of the river.

American Victory Ship Museum – 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa – Cost: Adults: $10, Children (4-12) – $5, Under 4 – Free 

Take a tour through the fully-functioning WWII SS American Victory located in the Channelside District.  Let the kids learn about life on a 1940s steamboat by exploring the three level cargo holds, radio and gyro rooms, hospital, galley, weaponry, steering stations, flying bridge, signaling equipment, wheelhouse, mess halls, engine room, crew cabins, lifeboats and cargo equipment.

Ybor City Museum and State Park – 1818 Ninth Avenue, Tampa –  Cost: $4, Under 5 Free

Located in Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District.  Step inside the 1920s-era Ferlita Bakery to learn about the history of Ybor City and the cigar industry.   Stroll through the park and garden located behind the museum.  You’ll also be able to take a guided tour through a restored Casita located in the garden.

The Dali Museum   1 Dali Boulevard, St. Petersburg – Cost: Adults – $24, Students (13-17) – $17, Children (6-12) – $10, Under 6 – Free

The Dali Museum houses a variety of pieces from Salvador Dali’s art collection including paintings, sculptures, photographs, manuscripts and original drawings.  After you tour the museum, be sure to check out the garden labyrinth structure located outside.

Museum of Fine Arts  – 55 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg – Cost: Adults – $17, Children (7-18) – $10, Under 7 – Free

The Museum of Fine Arts houses one of the most comprehensive art collections on Florida’s West Coast including pieces from Monet, Cézanne, and Renoir.  Be sure to check their website for information on a wide range of children’s programs offered by the museum including Kidding Around Yoga, summer camps, Make and Take and music classes.  Plus, every Thursday they offer $5.00 admission after 5 p.m.

Gulf Beaches Historical Museum  – 115 10th Ave, St. Pete Beach – Cost: Free

Located inside what was the first church in Pass-a-Grille, Gulf Beaches Historical Museum documents the development and growth of the South Pinellas beaches dating back to 1500.  The museum houses artifacts from the Sunshine School, Gulf Beaches School, island churches, hundreds of then and now photographs, post-cards, a WW II exhibit, and a special Don CeSar Hotel display.  New items are added regularly and there’s a small gift shop on site.  Admission is free!

Florida Holocaust Museum – 55 5th St S, St Petersburg – Cost: Adults – $16, Children (8-17) – $8, Under 6 – Free

The Florida Holocaust Museum, located in St. Petersburg, will talk you on a historical journey through the Holocaust beginning with the history of antisemitism and life before World War II, followed by the rise of Hitler and the Nazis and anti-Jewish legislation.  The museum includes exhibits about concentration camps and killing centers and even houses an actual boxcar that was used during the Holocaust. The museum also features exhibits about other genocides and acts of hatred occurring today.

The David L. Mason Children’s Art Museum -1143 Michigan Blvd, Dunedin – Cost: $4, Children 2 and under – Free

Located at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, The David L. Mason Children’s Art Museum is an interactive gallery space for children and their families providing hands-on activities to help children better understand the art featured in the gallery. Be sure to check their website for information on current exhibits.


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