Museums are fascinating places, and Tampa Bay has no shortage of them. Art, history, science and even kids’ museums abound. Check out some of the hottest museum exhibits coming up for spring 2014.
Mythbusters After Dark
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
4801 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33617
Date: Through May 8, 2014
You should plan on taking the kids to the Mythbusters exhibit and demonstration (available until May 8) — and you’ll certainly want to hit up “Mythbusters After Dark.” After spending the day busting myths, watching live demonstrations and perusing real props and gadgets from the hit show, the museum will host a food truck rally. Some of the area’s most popular food trucks will be serving up scrumptious food and cool drinks. Games and music will also be provided. You can even try the Sky Trail and Zipline in the dark.
Ybor City Museum
1818 9th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
Date: March 6, 2014 at 5 p.m.
This one-of-a-kind event is now in its third year. Climb aboard one of the Ybor City trolleys, take a tour of some of Ybor’s historic buildings and learn about each one’s unique history and architecture. Guests will receive complimentary food and drinks and can also take part in a scavenger hunt with prizes. All trolley-hoppers are invited to an after party in the garden of the Ybor City Museum State Park and will get to enjoy drinks, desserts and live entertainment.
Make It Or Break It
Glazer Children’s Museum
110 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602
Date: March 10-28, 2014 at 10 a.m.
This wildly popular children’s museum has over 450 exhibits for kids and families. Creative little minds can explore, design and build. The “Make it or Break It” exhibit, which takes place over the spring break of students attending school in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, is specially designed for curious kids. In this exhibit, kids are allowed to take things apart to learn how they work. When they’re done disassembling, they can either put items back together again or create something new. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
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Pride & Passion
Tampa Museum of Art
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602
Date: May 17, 2014 at 11 a.m.
This special event is the official kick-off to the Gay Pride celebrations that take place in the Tampa Bay area. Pride & Passion attracts over 800 guests annually to enjoy a fabulous night of live entertainment, beautiful art work and delicious food and drinks. All proceeds from this event go to the museum’s educational programs and also help fund future exhibits.
Santiago El Grande
The Dali Museum
1 Dali Boulevard
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Date: Through Spring 2014
If you’re a fan of surrealism, you can’t miss this exhibit. The mammoth canvas of “Santiago El Grande” is 13 feet tall and depicts the patron saint of Spain, Saint James the Great, riding from the sea riding a white stallion and bearing a massive crucifix. Themes of nationalism and religiosity abound in this glorious rendering of one of Spain’s heroes.
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