Tampa Museums and Galleries, Tampa

Tampa is an interesting and beautiful city with a great history. It is home to museums of art, maritime, and others that relate to the developmental history of the city. Local galleries relay the importance and significance of art within the community. Take this tour to discover the places that keep the history of the city alive.
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Tampa Museums and Galleries Map

Guide Name: Tampa Museums and Galleries
Guide Location: USA » Tampa (See other walking tours in Tampa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: jenny
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Henry B. Plant Museum

1) Henry B. Plant Museum (must see)

The Henry B. Plant Museum is located in the south wing of Plant Hall on the University of Tampa’s campus. Plant Hall was formerly known as the Tampa Bay Hotel, which was a 500+ room resort hotel opened in 1891 by Henry B. Plant near the terminus of his rail line.

The museum's exhibits focus on the Gilded Age lifestyle of the old Tampa Bay Hotel’s guests during the 1890s, when Tampa was experiencing sudden population and economic growth, including the beginning of the local tourist industry.

During the Christmas holiday season, the museum hosts the annual Victorian Christmas Stroll.

The entire building (under the title of Tampa Bay Hotel) is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, designated as such on December 5, 1972.

Besides serving as offices and classrooms for the University of Tampa, the entire south wing of the building is dedicated to preserving the glory days of the old Tampa Bay Hotel. Guided tours and a self-guided tour that starts with a video entitled The Tampa Bay Hotel: Florida's First Magic Kingdom, showcase a life of leisure in old Florida.

Operating hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm

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Tampa Museum of Art

2) Tampa Museum of Art (must see)

The Tampa Museum of Art exhibits 20th-century fine art, as well as Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. The museum was founded in 1979 and debuted an innovative new building in 2010 on the banks of Hillsborough River just north of its original site. The current location is part of Tampa's Riverwalk and the Waterfront Arts District along with the Glazer Children's Museum and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and includes a gift shop and SONO Cafe, a restaurant operated by Mise En Place.

In 2010, the Tampa Museum of Art was chosen as a winner of an American Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

Opening hours: Mon. – Thurs.: 11am – 7pm; Friday: 11am – 10pm; Sat. – Sun. :11am – 5pm

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Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

3) Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) occupies the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Cube, adjacent to Rivergate Tower in downtown Tampa, Florida. FMoPA is part of the Waterfront Arts District, along with the Tampa Museum of Art and Glazer Children's Museum, all located alongside the Tampa Riverwalk.
The photographic works in the growing permanent collection include an entire suite of Harold Edgerton's landmark works using his invention, the strobe light. Also in the collection are Len Prince's celebrity portraits, a notable Dorothea Lange, a portrait of Andel Adams by Judy Dater, scenes of Pittsburg by Charles "Teenie" Harris and a body of work by Dianora Niccolini, a pioneer in the photographing of the male nude. The female nude is well represented in a work by Ruth Bernhard. Burk Uzzle's iconic Woodstock scenes as well as Bud Lee's unforgettable views of the 1960s and 1970s counterculture document important moments in American history. More historical moments are found in an expanding collection of panoramic (or "Cirkut") photographs taken in the early 20th century, including views of the construction of the Panama Canal and of early Tampa history.
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tampa Bay History Center

4) Tampa Bay History Center (must see)

Tampa Bay History Center is a history museum. Exhibits include coverage of the Tampa Bay area's first native inhabitants, Spanish conquistadors, and historical figures who shaped the area's history, as well as a reproduction of a 1920s cigar store. It opened on January 17, 2009.

The History Center building is 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) with 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of exhibit space.

The Tampa Bay History Center includes three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition space covering 12,000 years of Florida history, with a special focus on Tampa Bay and the Gulf Coast.

The History Center has a museum store, classrooms, the Witt Research Center (a branch of the Hillsborough County Public Library System), a map gallery, an event hall and the Columbia Cafe (a branch of Ybor's Columbia Restaurant.

The History Center is one of the largest on the West Coast of Florida and includes hands-on, kid-friendly activities, as well as cutting edge interactive exhibits and theaters.

Opening hours: Open daily 10 am - 5 pm

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American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship

5) American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship

American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship depicts the ship history of the entire United States. This museum presents models of ships that were used during some of the most important wars the U.S. participated in, like WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. There are also displays of what are believed to be fragmented remains of war ships that allow historians to reconstruct events from a particular war event.
Hours: Sunday-Monday 12:00 – 5:00 pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Ybor City Museum

6) Ybor City Museum (must see)

Ybor City Museum is located in the park that bears the same name. This museum contains permanent exhibits on the history of Ybor city, its social clubs and the cigar industry. The cigar factory of Ybor led to the city being named the “Cigar Capital of the World”. The museum also houses a store that sells items relating to the site's history.
Hours: Monday - Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Walking Tours in Tampa, Florida

Create Your Own Walk in Tampa

Create Your Own Walk in Tampa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tampa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking Tour: Tampa Landmarks

Walking Tour: Tampa Landmarks

Tampa is a lively city with a great history that is well-represented by its landmark buildings. These wonderful towers, churches, and centers add a certain cultural depth to the city's skylines. Take this tour to discover some of the most well-known landmarks in all of Tampa.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Downtown Orientation Walk

Downtown Orientation Walk

Tampa has become a busy tourist destination lately. What makes this city so special is firstly the beautiful waterfront, the beaches, the cultural sites and thrilling amusements, in a few words Tampas has something to offer for anyone. Don't miss the chance to visit some of its most important touristic sights presented in this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Walking Tour: Top Architectural Sites in Tampa

Walking Tour: Top Architectural Sites in Tampa

Tampa is a young, vibrant city full of modern buildings that represent a new generation of architects and new era of architecture. All over the city, you will find mostly new buildings featuring contemporary designs, with a few historic structures hidden among them. Take this tour to discover some of the fabulous architectural sites around Tampa.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Tampa for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tampa has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tampa, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.