Tampa Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: A 66,000 square foot venue on a scenic location of the Hillsborough River downtown; the interim museum provides a broad range of art experiences for all ages. The collection includes early 20th-century and contemporary art, plus a significant collection of Greek and Roman antiquities influenced by Egyptians. Works by James Van Der Zee have been featured in a major exhibition here.
ADMISSION: by donation
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 2306 North Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL MAP
PARKING: on street
Straz Center of Performing Arts Center
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1987 on a picturesque nine-acre site along the east bank of the Hillsborough River. The 335,000 square-foot complex is comprrised of four well adorned theatres of different sizes, support performances that ranging from R&B, Jazz, Pop, Opera, Caberet, Cuban, regional plays, and touring Broadway productions. It claims to be the largest performing arts venue south of Washington DC. Morsani Hall is the centerpiece venue with 2,610-seat and stage width of 120 feet. 1,042-seat Louise Lykes Ferguson Hall with two tiers of curving balconies is ideal for midsize plays, concerts and dance events; Jaeb Theater (268 seats), TECO Energy Foundation Theater (250 seats) and the Shimberg Playhouse (130 seats) round out the venue collection.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Sat Noon-8 p; Sun Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 1010 North MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL MAP
PARKING: plenty of onsite and adjacent paid parking
TRANSIT: trolley from Downtown Tampa and Ybor City
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1926 as one of America’s gaudiest and yet warm, movie palaces; fully restored to showcase its ornate Florida Mediterranean architecture, which is a nicer way of describing its lovable mutt mix of Italian Renaissance, Byzantine, Spanish, Mediterranean, Greek Revival, Baroque, and English Tudor styles that make every inch of it a must see; the highlight of your visit may well be its mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ; seating 1446 patrons, it hosts a wide range of Classical and Jazz concerts; listed on the National Register of Historic Places; take a guided tour of this architectural treasure beginning at 11:30a for $5, Free for kids 12 and under
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 10a-5p; Evenings & Weekends: between 1/2 hour before the first showtime of the day and 1/2 hour after the last showtime starts
ADDRESS: 711 Franklin Street, Tampa, FL MAP
PARKING: garage parking nearby
USF Contemporary Art Museum
DESCRIPTION: Although founded in 1956, this venue has been open since 1989. The museum primarily presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, North America, and Latin America. It is also a laboratory for scholars, museum professionals, students, interns and artists. Located adjacent to the College of Visual & Performing Arts on the beautiful University of South Florida campus.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon–Fri 10a–5p, Sat 1p–4p
ADDRESS: 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL MAP
PARKING: paid lots on campus