Visitors to Tampa Bay never fail to be impressed with the number and quality of the area's world-class museums. On both sides of the Bay, whether it's Tampa or St. Petersburg/Clearwater, there are fun and engaging opportunities to explore the diverse history and culture of the region.
To help you find near-by opportunities that match your interests, check out our list of top options to choose from in the City of Tampa. Many of the most popular choices are located in the downtown arts district. Conveniently connected via the pedestrian-friendly Riverwalk, it's easy to make a family-friendly day of museum hopping.
One of the museums found on the Riverwalk is the Tampa Bay History Center. This state-of-the-art museum offers 60,000 square feet of fascinating interactive displays that trace over 15,000 years of regional history. Make a day of it and dine in the Columbia Cafe to get a taste of Spanish/Cuban history you've explored next door.
Another option convenient to downtown is the Ybor City Museum State Park. Ybor City is Tampa's historic district founded by Don Vincente de Ybor to house his cigar workers in the mid 1800s. The area quickly became the cigar capital of the world and the late 1800s were a rollicking good time for the residents of Ybor City. This museum explores the neighborhood's rich history and is a perfect starting point before taking a closer look on foot.