Tampa Museums & History

Tampa Museums & HistoryExplore the culture and history of the people who made and make Tampa the "crown jewel" of Florida's west coast. Enjoy our list of favorites to help you discover art, science and history museums, monuments and national landmarks that let you get acquainted with the sunny city.

Tampa Bay History Center
Explore the past at the Tampa Bay History Center. Get lost in the powerful stories about the places, people, and events that shaped the Tampa Bay area, including the cigar industry and Spanish conquistadors. Dine at the historic and critically acclaimed Columbia Restaurant's first Columbia Café and take a piece of history home from the museum store.

Address: 801 Old Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Phone: (813) 228-0097
Web: www.tampabayhistorycenter.org

Henry B. Plant Museum
Discover the Old Tampa Bay Hotel at the Henry B. Plant Museum. The architecture and grounds are grander than Buckingham Palace. The hotel has six minarets, four cupolas and three domes. The museum travels visitors through the opulent lifestyles of the hotel's guest. Today the hotel is a National Landmark and home to The University Of Tampa.

Address: 401 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Phone: (813) 254-1891
Web: www.plantmuseum.com

Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry
Adventure and science come together at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry. Bring the whole family to explore, discover and learn about science in super fun ways. See how science works when you harness yourself onto a bicycle along a 98-foot-steel cable suspended 30 feet above the ground on the "High Wire Bike." Visit 450 exhibits, live science demos and an IMAX theater.

Address: 4801 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33617 - Map
Phone: (813) 987-6000
Web: www.mosi.org

Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship
Pay tribute to the men and women in blue at the Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship. The museum crews take pride in the WWII ship that's fully operational and sails in the "Living History Day Cruises." Come aboard the national treasure and American icon to tour its nine decks.

Address: 705 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Phone: (813) 228-8766
Web: www.americanvictory.org

Tampa Firefighters Museum
Visit the Tampa Firefighters Museum in downtown Tampa. Built in 1911, the building has been fully restored to its original glory days. Learn about the culture of the city's finest firemen and their commitment to the safety of the city they serve. Today, the museum serves as a local historical landmark, event center and exhibition hall.

Address: 720 East Zack Street, Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Phone: (813) 223-6892
Web: www.tampafirefightersmuseum.org

The Salvador Dali Museum
The Salvador Dali Museum is a worthwhile day trip to St. Petersburg from Tampa. The museum holds the largest Dali collection outside of Spain. You'll be astonished to see the huge giant canvases painted with colorful fantastical dream like imagery, straight from the famous artist's head. Bring swimsuits to swim and build sandcastles at one of the nearby beautiful beaches that St. Pete is famous for.

Address: 1 Dali Blvd, Petersburg, FL 33701 - Map
Phone: (727) 823-3767
Web: www.thedali.org

Ybor State Museum
Learn about the man who came from Cuba and built a city at the Ybor City Museum. Learn about the history of the cigar industry and cigar making, and discover the rich Latin heritage and culture of the area. The museum is located in a "casita", reminiscent of a typical cigar-worker's family home; the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the museum store to purchase fine hand-rolled cigars and memorabilia.

Address: 1818 East 9th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605 - Map
Phone: (813) 247-6323
Web: www.ybormuseum.org