Here’s a list of the best art museums in the Tampa area, which includes the Tampa Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Photography Arts, Inc., and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
Tampa Museum of Art
Hours: Monday – Wednesday, Friday 11am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm
The Tampa Museum of Art, in operation for more than 30 years, collects, preserves and displays 20th century fine art by national and international artists. The museum, situated on the banks of the Hillsborough River, exhibits ancient works of Greek and Roman Etruscan origins. Entry costs $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, educators, and members of the military; students pay $5 and kids under six get in free. Contact the museum to see when visitors can get in for free, also, every second Saturday visitors can pay whatever they would like between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Inc.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Inc. is “dedicated to exhibiting important photographic arts central to contemporary life and culture” from artists of various backgrounds. The museum, in operation for several years, requests visitors donate $4. The museum also offers curator’s gallery talks and tours.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Hours: Everyday 10am-5pm
The Ringling Museum, named for one of the five circus kings of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Baily Circus, at the time of his death in 1936 left his art collection to the state of Florida. The Ringling Museum houses nearly two dozen galleries of European, Asian and American artwork from antiquity, as well as contemporary art, ranging from paintings and sculptures to photographs and drawings. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for kids. Students, seniors, educators and military members pay a discounted fee; kids under 6 are free.