The Tampa Museum of Art is a contemporary museum that houses an outstanding collection of modern and classical art. Set along Tampa’s Riverwalk on the banks of the Hillsborough River, the Museum was founded in 1979 and introduced an award-winning new building in 2010 with polished stone floors and an awe-inspiring translucent ceiling.
Designed by Stanley Saitowitz to look like a work of art in itself, the award-winning building reflects the image of “an electronic jewelry box sitting on a glass pedestal” and features glass, aluminum, and fiber optic color-changing lights in the exterior wall. The interiors are more subtle with white surfaces, neutral hues, and subdued lighting, acting as a framework for the artworks on display. Next read: Best Things to Do in Tampa
The Tampa Museum of Art aims to create an exceptional environment for exploring new ideas and innovative experiences through modern and contemporary art, and innovative community programs. The region’s largest museum devoted to the art of our time, the Museum has a strong reputation for embracing new media and contemporary photography.
The Museum has an indoor/outdoor café that serves light meals, snacks and beverages throughout the day, and a gift shop. The Sono Café overlooks the banks of the Hillsborough River and serves a delicious menu of hand-crafted lunches, weekend brunches, and coffees, gelato, and juices. The Guilders and Florida Communications Group Museum Store is located on the ground floor of the Museum and offers a well-curated collection of fascinating objects, including art books, home décor items, and exhibition-related gifts.
The Tampa Museum of Art features collections of modern and contemporary art, as well as Roman, Greek, and Etruscan Antiquities. One of the permanent collections of the Museum is the exterior of the museum building itself, known as Sky (Tampa), which features 45-foot high, 300-foot wide programmable LED lights, tucked in between perforated aluminum panels. The installation showcases movement and light through a sequencing of patterns – during the museum’s façade creates a moiré-like pattern, while at night, the LED light installation glows in a signature light-coded hypnotic dance. Sky (Tampa) is on view every evening beginning at dusk.
The Tampa Museum of Art presents an array of programs, workshops, lectures and discussions throughout the year that celebrates the Museum’s permanent collection of ancient art, as well as the current exhibitions.
Lectures for adults include the Antiquities Lecture Series, which take an in-depth look at the Museum’s collection of ancient art, and Special Exhibition Lectures, which bring the world’s finest visual arts to the region. The Museum also offers short after-work meditation classes which are suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced.
Families and children are also catered for at the Museum with a variety of programs and workshops. Art Spot is a free drop-in program every Saturday morning that parents and children a chance create art projects inspired by works of art on display in the galleries. Several Family Days are held each year at the Museum, where families can join Art Spot and enjoy different exhibitions together, while several youth and teen programs, as well as Military Appreciation Days, are also on throughout the year.
The Tampa Museum of Art can be found at 120 W Gasparilla Plaza in downtown Tampa, next to Curtis Hixon Park on the banks of the Hillsborough River, and is open every day from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
The Museum is home to the Sono Café, which overlooks the banks of the Hillsborough River and serves a delicious menu of hand-crafted lunches, weekend brunches, and coffees, gelato, and juices. Accessible to all visitors through an admission-free entrance, the café boasts beautiful views of Curtis Hixon Park, the University of Tampa Minarets, and the downtown skyline and draws both Museum visitors and friends of the Museum alike.
The Guilders and Florida Communications Group Museum Store is located on the ground floor of the Museum and offers a well-curated collection of fascinating objects, including art books, home décor items, and exhibition-related gifts.
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120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602, Phone: 813-274-8130