Tampa is known for having some exciting museum tours and giving residents plenty to do. Appreciating the local culture and learning something new is part of what makes Tampa’s museum the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Put the textbooks away and bring the kids to a local museum to learn something in an interactive experience. You’ll find some amazing pieces at The Dali Museum, a piece of history at the Henry B Plan Museum, and learn a little bit more than ever before at the Florida Holocaust Museum. Take a look at the best guided museum tours in Tampa.
Florida Holocaust Museum – 55 5th St S, St. Petersburg
Visit the Florida Holocaust Museum to get educated on this horrible event that you’ve been learning about for your whole life. Being such a monumental massacre that school children study and can’t always quite grasp, this museum puts things into perspective and hopes to educate people into never letting this happen again. You can tour it with 15 people or more by scheduling a docent tour through the museum website. You’ll be led for two hours to see historical photos, as well as original artifacts and documents.
Ybor City Museum – 1818 E 9th Avenue, Tampa
One of the fun things you can do over in Ybor is take a walking tour which takes you through the local museum. You’ll learn about how Ybor City was named the “Cigar Capitol of the World,” see the baseball portion of the museum in honor of Al Lopez, and complete your tour with a ghost tour, cigar industry tour, or limousine tour. It’s the perfect way to learn more about the authentic Cuban food and cigar-making in Ybor.
Tampa Museum of Art – 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
If you love art and getting to tour fine art in your area, the Tampa Museum of Art is the perfect stop for your group. Stop in throughout the week from 11am-6pm for $10 per person to get a tour of the whole museum or to a specific gallery. With the rotating exhibits, you’ll always have something new to see.
The Dali Museum – 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg
Probably the most popular museum in the area is The Dali Museum, containing the country’s most extensive collection of Salvador Dali’s works. This Spanish artist was known for his architecture and art, with both tours being available to the public. Take a tour in English or Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Dutch. Public tours are included with admission but you can pay for a private tour.
Henry B Plant Museum – 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
Another great option in Tampa is the Henry B. Plant Museum featuring the history of the Tampa Bay Hotel and its architecture, furnishings, and overall history. It’s a national historic landmark that will take you back in time to the 1890s when railroads and the Henry B Plant empire were prevalent. Take a tour with a docent on Tuesday or Thursday mornings.
You’ll love these guided tours at Tampa’s exciting museums that will offer you a closer look at the exhibits and their stories that you may have missed on your own!