Museum Day Returns in 2021

The annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, September 18, 2021, for two people.

There are currently 34 museums in the state of Florida slated to take part in the event. Three of those are in Tampa Bay:

Cracker Country

Location: 4800 Highway 301 N., Tampa, FL 33610
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cracker Country, located at the Florida State Fairgrounds, is Tampa’s only living history museum. Explore thirteen structures built between 1870-1912 that were relocated from around the state of Florida, restored and furnished to represent various aspects of home life, commerce and transportation as it was in many rural communities just before the turn of the 20th century.

Imagine Museum

Location: 1901 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Located in downtown St. Pete, Imagine Museum offers exhibitions that demonstrate the history of the American Studio Glass Movement, galleries that showcase individual artists who have made their mark in the art field, as well as galleries that take you through various themes relating to the magical properties of glass.

Tampa Bay History Center

Location: 801 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The 60,000-quare-foot Tampa Bay History Center offers three floors of interactive exhibits that tell the story of 12,000 years of Florida’s history. While you are there, be sure to check out the History Center’s all-new “Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks” gallery.

Museums Worth the Drive

If you are up for a road trip, there are several participating museums within just a few hours’ drive of Tampa Bay.

Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala is home to a permanent collection of approximately 18,500 objects includes European, American, Asian, African, Contemporary and pre-Columbian art and artifacts, along with a series of temporary, special exhibitions presented throughout the year. The museum’s always-open Artspace features artmaking activities for all ages.

In the quaint Orlando suburb of Winter Park, the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens is a small, yet intriguing stop for art lovers. The museum houses works by Czech artist Albin Polasek, including 200 pieces of art and his self-designed home, studio and three-acre sculpture garden with stunning views of Lake Osceola.

Just up the road in Winter Park, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum features rotating exhibitions, ongoing programs and an extensive permanent collection of more than 5,796 objects that spans centuries, from examples of ancient art and artifacts to contemporary art. The museum is also home the only European Old Master paintings in the Orlando area.

Devotees of the lovely “Painted Ladies” of the Victorian era will enjoy a visit to the May-Stringer House Museum. This seven-gable, 14 -room, three-story Victorian Era home originally built in 1856 is perched on top of a hill overlooking the City of Brooksville and has over 11,000 artifacts on display.

Click here for a complete list of Florida museums participating in Museum Day.

By Karen Ring










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