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Best Museums For Dates In Tampa Bay

May 24, 2014 8:00 AM

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Sometimes, dinner and a movie just won’t cut it. If you’re looking for some fresh, interesting date ideas, try a museum. No matter what you or your sweetie are interested in, whether it’s art, science or history, Tampa Bay has a museum for it. Check out some of the Bay’s best museums and get ready to wow your date.
The Dali Museum
1 Dali Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 823-3767
www.thedali.org

Art, by its very nature, is often very romantic all on its own. The Dali Museum hosts the largest collection of paintings by Salvador Dali in the United States, with three floors that contain 96 oil paintings as well as original drawings, sculptures, photographs and other artifacts from Dali’s life. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits by other artists, such as Andy Warhol, Mabel Palacin and Santiago El Grande, on a rotating basis. To make your date night extra special, check out the museum’s event calendar to find out about film screenings, wine tastings, guest speaker presentations and other special events.

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
4801 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL  33617
(813) 987-6000
www.mosi.org

Embrace the kid — or the science geek — in you at MOSI. Enjoy a fascinating 3-D show at the Saunders Planetarium, take in a movie inside the incredible IMAX theater, have a ball playing with the interactive exhibits and enjoy a romantic stroll through the butterfly garden. You can even buy your sweetie a geeky souvenir necklace in the Elements gift shop.

Florida International Museum
244 2nd Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 341-7900
www.floridamuseum.org

The Florida International Museum is scheduled to reopen in November 2014. If your date loves to travel, study history or learn about other cultures, this is the perfect place for a date: the museum brings the world to you. The museum exhibits are always changing so there is always something new to discover. In the past, the museum has hosted exhibits such as “Ink and Blood: Sacred Treasures of the Bible,” “Splendors of Ancient Egypt,” “Baseball as America” and “From Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs.”

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St. Petersburg Museum of History
335 2nd Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 894-1052
www.spmoh.com

If you love history with a local flavor, check out the St. Petersburg Museum of History, which chronicles the history of the St. Petersburg area from the Native American people through modern times. Here, you can ogle the world’s largest collection of autographed baseballs at Schrader’s Little Cooperstown, follow the 100-year-old story of commercial aviation from 1914 to 2014 and view 116 real photographs that captured the lives of soldiers that served in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, Boxer Rebellion, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and Afghanistan. This moving tribute to American soldiers shows every side of service, from danger and death to camaraderie and victory.

SS American Victory Mariners Memorial & Museum Ship
705 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 228-8766
www.hnsa.org

Has your date served in the military? He or she might enjoy touring the SS American Victory. This real Naval vessel lived through both World Wars, starting by carrying ammunition and other cargo in 1945. For the next 20 years, she was chartered to commercial shipping firms, and again was called in to service from 1966 to 1969 to support the Vietnam War, carrying bombs, military equipment and supplies. She was towed to her current location in Tampa Bay and restored to operating condition in 1999 and has been a piece of living history ever since. You can even take a free guided tour.

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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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