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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day | 19+ local museums participating!

Smithsonian Magazine’s 17th annual Museum Day will be celebrated this Saturday, September 18, 2021 at more than 1,300 museums and cultural centers around the country. To take part, all you have to do is download a branded ticket and go!

CLICK HERE to learn more and get your FREE ticket.

There are 19 museums participating here in Tampa Bay including one of our favorite places to explore, the Tampa Bay History Center. This is the perfect time to check out the new Treasure Seekers exhibit which tells the tales of Tampa Bay and Florida’s history of pirates, conquistadors and shipwrecks. There are even ways little kids can interact with the exhibit too, so it’s a great option for the whole family!

This year’s theme for the national event is ‘Experience America’, which represents the return to, and resurgence of, our country’s diverse cultural experiences, in the safest possible way.

Tampa Bay area museums participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day:

Henry B Plant Museum in Tampa

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa

Tampa Bay History Center in Tampa

Tampa Museum of Art

Cracker Country in Tampa

Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg

Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg (Free everyday)

The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg

Imagine Museum in St. Petersburg

Palm Harbor Museum in Palm Harbor

Dunedin Museum in Dunedin

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs

South Florida Museum in Bradenton

Explorations V Children’s Museum in Lakeland

Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland (Free everyday)

The Ringling in Sarasota

Countryman Family One Room Schoolhouse Museum in Brooksville

1885 Train Depot Musuem in Brooksville

Mary-Stringer House Museum in Brooksville

Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales



Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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