Top Museums to Visit in Tampa, Florida

by - September 13, 2020

 THE 10 BEST Museums You'll Want to Visit in Tampa - Tripadvisor

Did you know that Tampa Bay, Florida, is one of the most culturally diverse urban areas in the United States?  
If you are interested in arts and culture, make Tampa your next destination and visit these exciting and interactive museums. Here are some top museums to visit in Tampa.

Ybor City Museum
Do you wish you knew more about the Latin community's past? Then check out Ybor City Museum. This museum is in the historical and culture-rich the neighborhood of Ybor City. Go inside the 1923-era building, the Ferlita Bakery, and learn about the immigrants who built the city and the beginnings of the cigar industry. Enjoy a guided tour of the Ybor City Museum State Park, and don't miss the casita — a representation of a typical cigar worker's family home.
Complete your cultural excursion with a good meal from one of the many restaurants within walking distance of the museum.
The Henry B. Plant Museum
Travel through time to the 1900s at the Henry B. Plant Museum. It's building, an architectural masterpiece with silver minarets, used to be the grand Tampa Bay Hotel in the 1980s. Discover the luxurious lifestyle of the hotel's first guests, and learn about Henry Bradley Plant's contributions to the development of Florida and Tampa Bay.
If you get hungry, several nearby restaurants — some just 0.1 miles from the museum — serve up contemporary American cuisine.
Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry
If you want to learn about science in a playful and interactive way, there is no better place than at MOSI (Tampa's Museum of Science & Industry). With its hands-on activities, you can immerse yourself in a scientific playground. Here you can build a robot, explore optical illusions, and travel to another world in MOSI's Virtual Reality Simulator.
After all these experiences, grab a bite at the museum's Everything's Fresh Cafe.
Tampa Bay History Center
Explore Florida history with the Center's hands-on exhibits and immersive theater experiences. From the pirates and conquistadors to the Cuban cigar rollers of Ybor City or even Florida's pioneers, discover the Tampa Bay area's heritage. Take a virtual tour and view historic photographs from around the Tampa Bay region via an interactive map. Don't forget to look at original documents dating back to the discovery of the New World in the Touchton map library.
After your visit, enjoy waterfront dining next door at the famous Columbia Cafe, a 109-year-old restaurant where you can taste Spanish and Cuban-inspired dishes. 
Stay in Tampa
For a perfect cultural trip, book your hotel in Tampa. You can choose from plenty of options of where to stay in town. That way, you can take the time to visit all these museums and neighborhoods from your home base in the city.
Have a blast doing scientific experiments or learning about Tampa's history. Discover the heritage of Spanish, Cuban, and Italian immigrants to Ybor City. Learn about the city's growth, thanks to the vision of American pioneers in the 1900s.

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