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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Glazer Children's Museum
Glazer Children's Museum

(813) 443-3861

110 W Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602   Directions Website

There is a lot of kidding around going on at the Glazer Children's Museum of Tampa. Kids can pilot a cruise ship, paint with light, and build a city at over 170 fun and challenging "interactive" themed attractions. There is a world of fun waiting for kids to explore, discover and do!

Henry B. Plant Museum
Henry B. Plant Museum

(813) 254-1891

401 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606   Directions Website

Travel back in time at the Henry B. Plant Museum, at home in the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel. Walk through the spectacular tropical gardens, visit the opulent hotel rooms, and be awed and inspired by the Moorish architecture and lavish lifestyle of Old Tampa Bay Hotel's guests. The magnificent National Landmark and local attraction now belongs to the great minds at the University of Tampa.

MOSI - Museum of Science and Industry
MOSI - Museum of Science and Industry

(813) 987-6000

4801 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33617   Directions Website

Experience a scientific playground at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry. Explore more than 450 hands-on activities and attractions. Brave extreme weather conditions inside the Disasterville exhibition. Watch animal adventure movies like Born to be Wild on the jumbo screen at the IMAX Theater. Gaze into the stars and ponder the magnitude of the universe at the Saunders Planetarium. Who knew learning was this fun?

Tampa Bay History Center
Tampa Bay History Center

(813) 228-0097

801 Old Water St
Tampa, FL 33602   Directions Website

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.

Tampa Firefighters Museum
Tampa Firefighters Museum

(813) 964-6862

720 E Zack St
Tampa, FL 33602   Directions Website

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.

The Baisden Gallery
The Baisden Gallery

(813) 250-1511

4203 W El Prado Blvd
Tampa, FL 33629   Directions Website

For the artist or art collector, The Baisden Gallery inspires the artist to think and the collector to acquire. Browse through the influential works of modern painters and world-renowned glass molder Dale Chihuly. 

Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship
Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship

(813) 228-8766

615 Channelside Dr
Tampa, FL 33602   Directions Website

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.

Ybor City Museum
Ybor City Museum

(813) 247-1434

1818 E 9th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605   Directions Website

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.

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