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  • Florida Museum of Photographic
    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.
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    400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200
    Tampa, FL US
  • Curtis Hixon Park
    Cirque Over The Park erupts into a glowing, community-wide celebration as the courageous aerialists and circus performers of Moving Arts of Tampa Bay prompt collective gasps from onlookers while they vault upside-down from flying trapezes and dangle fearlessly from colorful drapery. After staking their claim in the park with their lawn chairs, blankets, and bronze statues of the family dog, viewers cast their eyes skyward toward the daring acrobats and contortionists, who strike gravity-defying poses and sway back and forth on hanging hoops. While the lively troupe drops jaws, attendees can fill their conveniently open mouths with the wares of local food vendors, including offerings from 3 Suns Organic Bistro, Burger Culture, and Cupping Cakes. Live music complements the night’s astonishing visual arts, including energetic performances by Fencewalk Band, as well as Justin and Travis from The Groves. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts.
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    600 North Ashley Drive
    Tampa, FL US
  • Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art
    Head to Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art in Downtown for a steaming cup of joe. Those looking to shed a few extra pounds are advised to put their diet on hold, as Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art serves anything but a low-fat menu. Little guys and gals will also love dining at Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu). Free wifi is on hand here as well. Come order a flavorful feast at Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art, and sit outside if it's nice! Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size. No need to leave Fido outside — pooches are very welcome at Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art. Take it nice and easy at Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art, where casual dress is the rule of the day. Enjoy Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art's cooking from your own home with their carry out and delivery options. Call Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art for catering if you have a big event coming up. At Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door. Frugal foodies will especially love the prices at Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art, with a meal typically hovering under the $15 mark. Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
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    120 West Gasparilla Plaza
    Tampa, FL US
  • Tampa Convention Center
    The National Air, Sea and Space Foundation host events designed to dazzle spectators and educate the public on the awesome power of airplanes, ships, and spacecrafts. Eyes are drawn skyward during air shows as the supersonic U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds soar across the atmosphere, demonstrating awe-inspiring 360s and precise formations. On the sea, the foundation hosts cruises in a replica of the Nao Victoria, the 16th-century Spanish carrack that Magellan sailed around the world without once stopping to fill up the gas tank.
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    333 S Franklin St.
    Tampa, FL US
  • Henry B. Plant Museum
    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.
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    401 W Kennedy Blvd.
    Tampa, FL US
  • Tampa Bay History Center
    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
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    801 Saint Pete Times Forum Dr
    Tampa, FL US
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