Museums in Apollo Beach

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American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum

Channel District

Shipboard museum showcases historic artifacts on a 455 ft. cargo vessel that survived WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War

$20 $12

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Tampa Bay History Center Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

Tampa Bay History Center

Tampa

Explore 12,000 years of Florida history, from its first native inhabitants to cattle ranchers to cigar rollers, through hands-on exhibits

$25.90 $15

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Visit for Two or Family Membership to National Armed Services & Law Enforcement Memorial Museum (Up to 51% Off)

National Armed Services & Law Enforcement Memorial Museum

Dunedin

The armed-services museum is home to one of the largest collections of police figurines and a replica of Florida’s electric chair

$10 $5

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Single-Day Admission for 4, or 1-on-1 or Family Membership to Explorations V Children's Museum (Up to 54% Off)

Explorations V Children's Museum

Downtown

Explore three floors of interactive children’s exhibits, including a pretend supermarket, a theatre, and a treehouse with a slide

$28 $13

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Admission for 2 or 4 or 1-Year Family Membership to Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Florida Air Museum

Lakeland Municipal Airport

Aviation museum displays homebuilt and military planes, plus artifacts from the largest collection of Howard Hughes memorabilia in the world

$24 $15

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to the Museum of Military History (61% Off)

Museum of Military History

Kissimmee

Museum hosts workshops, lectures, and interactive exhibits to help museum-goers better understand the combat experience of American veterans

$14 $5.50

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World of Chocolate Museum Tour with Optional Mug and Hot Chocolate or Coffee (Up to 41% Off)

World of Chocolate Museum & Cafe

Southwest Orlando

Two dozen chocolate sculptures of world monuments complement a historical tour of cacao's discovery, early use, and industry growth

$16.95 $10

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Photography is ubiquitous in contemporary life and culture. The founders of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts recognized this fact, so they sought to create a setting where visitors from all walks of life could appreciate and experience photography. As one of the few photography museums in the country, FMoPA presents exhibitions, which exclusively use this medium to explore themes that expose some intriguing or exciting aspect of history or modern, everyday life. This focus allows the museum to prominently feature pieces that other art institutions might not necessarily show, such as works of photojournalism or historic photographs.

In addition to scheduling upcoming exhibitions, FMoPA also includes a permanent collection. The collection aims to preserve particularly important images, such as those of various masters of the medium, including Harold Edgerton, Clyde Butcher, Hans Silvester, and Berenice Abbott.

After studying the museum's exhibitions?which can include images culled from national and international sources?guests can step behind the camera themselves during photography workshops for students of all skill levels. Then, budding photographers can display their latest shots at 15 Minutes of Fame, a showcase where up to six presenters exhibit and discuss their original work. They also host a photography group, the Photo League, for those photographers that want to share tips and helpful hints once a month.

400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200
Tampa,
FL
US

After becoming a success in the railroad and steamship industries, 1800s businessman Henry B. Plant set his sights on a new venture: building a luxury hotel near Florida's cerulean shores. His vision landed him in an area that was but swampland and sand in 1889 Tampa. But three years and $3,000,000 later—including $500,000 in furniture and art—he successfully opened The Tampa Bay Hotel, a 511-room luxury destination sprawled over six acres.

Today, Henry's architectural and engineering feat serves as the home of the Henry B. Plant Museum, an institution that educates visitors on Plant's life, the Victorian period, and life in early Tampa. Among the building's groundbreaking aspects, the hotel was among the first in Florida to feature electrified rooms and pampered guests with in-house billiards, a babershop, and a telegraph office. His guests even enjoyed in-room telephones and private baths with hot and cold running water, a lofty accomplishment considering man wouldn't invent soap for another 13 years. The museum has now been restored to its former glory, showering current visitors in Victorian opulence, art, and its historic achievements.

401 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa,
FL
US

Since its construction in 1944, the 455-foot SS American Victory has weathered quite a few storms, including World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. From those storms, the steamship developed a rich history filled with stories that echo throughout its three-level cargo holds, hospital, flying bridge, mess halls, crew cabins, and lifeboats. Located in downtown Tampa, behind The Florida Aquarium, the cargo vessel now serves as a museum with exhibits showcasing rare artifacts including photographs, uniforms, medals, documents, and naval gear. Guests on the shipboard museum may take in the history at their own pace with self-guided tours, or book a guided tour led by knowledgeable docents able to walk backward as smoothly as Michael Jackson.

705 Channelside Drive
Tampa,
FL
US

The Tampa Bay History Center is the only Smithsonian-affiliated museum in the area, is Tampa's highest-rated museum on TripAdvisor, and was featured on an episode of the History Channel show "Museum Men." It's not hard to see why. It takes its visitors on a walk through time, and while it might only feel like an hour or two has passed, the journey actually covers 12,000 years. Beginning with Florida’s first native inhabitants and the Spanish conquistadors, the story charts a course through history that touches on explorers, railroads, sports stars, and everything in between—ultimately depositing guests back in the present day.

  • Size: Three floors of exhibits and 15 permanent galleries that tell the Tampa Bay story, plus visiting exhibits
  • On Exhibit Now: Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown featuring classic Peanuts comics and memorabilia
  • Hands-On Activities: Imagine life as a pioneer via the replica cabin and other interactive features inside the Patrick Smith-inspired A Land Remembered gallery.
  • Don't Miss: one of the largest cigar memorabilia collections in the world inside Cigar City
  • Dining: Enjoy waterfront dining in the Columbia Cafe, located inside the History Center
  • Special Programs: public tours; crafting days for kids; book clubs; guest speakers
801 Saint Pete Times Forum Dr
Tampa,
FL
US

Tampa's Museum of Science & Industry—also known as MOSI—has all the answers; even to questions you hadn't thought up yet. What would it be like to live on the moon? Head over to Mission: Moonbase for a detailed simulation. What did the night sky look like in the distant past and what will it look like in the future? The Saunders Planetarium can conjure the starscape of any era. These are just two of the museum's 450 hands-on activities, which also include The Amazing You—an interactive exhibit that explores the process of human development—and the BioWorks Butterfly Garden.

All of these activities feed into the nonprofit, community-based museum's mission of making science fun and accessible to curious citizens of all ages. It is home to a massive children's museum, a water treatment facility that doubles as an exhibit on marshy ecosystems, and an IMAX dome theater—the only one of its kind in Florida.

4801 E Fowler Ave
Tampa,
FL
US

The Experience

Inside a building in St. Petersburg, works of art from around the world gather like good friends. Georgia O'Keeffe's Poppy hangs not far from Paul Cézanne's A Corner of the Woods, Pointoise. Claude Monet's Houses of Parliament gives a glimpse of faraway lands, while Thomas Moran's Florida Landscape stays closer to home.

With a range of permanent and rotating exhibitions, the Museum of Fine Arts seeks to engage visitors with art while preserving the pieces in its care. Much of the collection resides in an original 1960s building, but an adjacent modern gallery draws in visitors with special exhibitions, an art library, and interactive educational facilities—ensuring they have plenty of ways to experience art or at least overcome a fear of informational plaques.

The Highlights

  • Permanent collection houses pieces from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well as classical and modern American art
  • Daily events include docent-led tours, hands-on workshops, classical concerts, and lectures
  • MFA Café overlooks the waterfront

Who They Are

Even before the Museum of Fine Arts opened to the public in 1965, founder Margaret Acheson Stuart saw its galleries as a space where diverse audiences could explore art "from antiquity to the present." Architect John Volk had designed the original museum wing to instill visitors with a feeling of solidness and permanence. Decades later, the museum sought to expand, and conducted a nationwide search for a worthy architect. They were rewarded with designer Yann Weymouth, who completed a second building in 2008—a two-story, modern glass conservatory.

255 Beach Dr NE
Saint Petersburg,
FL
US