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Tampa Bay Museums &
Live Performance Venues

In the fanatic sports town of Tampa, Tampa Bay museums and theater abound as well. 

Tampa along with St. Petersburg contain the majority of Museums in the Tampa Bay area.

You will find Tampa Bay art museums, history museums, automobile museums, science museums and multiple venues for live performances.

Museums


History

Henry Plant Museum

Formerly known as the Tampa Bay Hotel, this hotel attracted well-known guests such as Babe Ruth and Teddy Roosevelt.

401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-254-1891
http://www.plantmuseum.com

Florida Holocaust Museum

Largest Holocaust Museum in the Southeast has permanent and traveling exhibits that feature the history of the Holocaust.

55 Fifth St. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-820-0100
http://www.flholocaustmuseum.org

Tampa Bay History Center

Displays the history of the Tampa Bay area, from cigars to Cubans to Gasparilla.

225 S. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-228-0097
http://www.tampabayhistorycenter.org

Ybor City Museum Society / Ybor City State Museum

Museum exhibits the history of Ybor City.  There are displays regarding the cigar industry and Cuban influence of the area. 

Walking tours and cigar rolling demonstrations are provided as well.

2009 N. Angel Oliva Senior St.
Tampa, FL 33605
Phone: (813) 247-1434
http://www.ybormuseum.org

St. Petersburg Museum of History

Diplays the history of St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Peninsula.

335 2nd Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL
Phone: (727) 894-1052
http://www.spmoh.org


Science

MOSI - Tampa Museum of Science & Industry

Largest science center in the Southeastern United States

4801 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33617
Toll-Free: (800) 995-6674
Phone: (813) 987-6100
http://www.mosi.org


Art

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Inc.

Displays historic and contemporary photographic art of photographic arts around the world.

200 N. Tampa St.
Suite 130
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 221-2222
http://www.FMoPA.org

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

John Ringling had this museum built to display his private collection of art gathered from his travels.  Includes American, European, and Asian works. 

Located on the Ringling estate which also features the Da d’Zan mansion, waterfront mansion of John and Mable Ringling, two Circus Museums, and Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden.

5401 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone: 941-359-5700
http://www.ringling.org

Salvador Dali Museum

Comprehensive Collection of Salvador Dali’s works.

1000 Third St. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-823-3767
http://www.salvadordalimuseum.org

Tampa Museum of Art

One of the most popular Tampa Bay Art museums houses contemporary, classical, art.  Renowned permanent collection of Greek and Roman antiques, sculpture and works.

600 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-274-8130
http://www.TampaMuseum.com

Gulf Coast Museum of Art (CLOSED)

Tampa museum of contemporary Florida art with permanent and rotating exhibits.

12211 Walsingham Rd.
Largo, FL 33778
Phone: 727-518-6833
http://www.gulfcoastmuseum.org

The Arts Center

Offers over 700 classes and workshops in ceramics, painting, photography, glass blowing, etc.  Also features rotating exhibits of contemporary art from artists around the world. 

The Arts Center will be moving to a new $30 million 133,000 sq. foot building in downtown St. Petersburg expected to be completed by July 2008.

719 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-822-7872
http://www.theartscenter.org

University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum

4202 E. Fowler Ave.
CAM101
Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: 813-974-4133
http://www.usfcam.usf.edu

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

St. Petersburg College - Tarpon Spring Campus
600 Klosterman Road
Tarpon Springs FL 34689
Phone: 727-712-5762
http://www.spcollege.edu/central/museum/index.htm


Special Interests

Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

Features a collection of vintage cars with cars dating as far back as the 1920’s and 1930’s.

3301 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Pinellas Park, FL 33782
Phone: 727-579-8226
http://www.tbauto.org

The Victory Ship d/b/a American Victory Mariners Memorial & Museum Ship

Renovated 61 year old cargo ship served in 3 wars. Self-guided tours and cruises are available.

705 Channelside Dr
Berth 271
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-228-8766
http://www.americanvictory.org

Florida International Museum (CLOSED)

Museum contains traveling exhibits that change over time.

244 Second Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-341-7900
http://www.floridamuseum.org


Children’s Museums

Glazer Children Museum

Located downtown Tampa is the 53,000 sq ft childrens museum with over 175 exhibits.

110 West Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-443-3861
http://www.glazermuseum.org

Great Explorations

Children’s museum where children can step into the roles of doctors, firefighters, etc. Also has programs, shows, and learning exhibits.

1925 Fourth Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Phone: 727-821-8992
http://www.greatexplorations.org


Venues and Theater




St Pete Times Forum

The St Pete Times Forum is the premier venue for live entertainment, concerts, and sports in the Tampa Bay area. It is the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Storm sports teams.

401 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 301-6600
http://www.sptimesforum.com

Tampa Theatre

The Tampa Theatre is a historic movie theater built in the 1920s. It is known for its unique beautiful architectural design. The theatre shows many classic and independent movies year round. There may also be live shows periodically.

711 North Franklin St # !
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 274-8981
http://www.tampatheatre.org







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