Tampa Bay’s cultural fabric is infused with an eclectic arts and cultural community that is as unique and interesting as the area’s stunning sunsets. The creative community assets and venues that make up Tampa Bay’s arts life enhance the area and provide for an interesting canvas for visitors to paint their Tampa Bay experience.
The locals take pride in the rich, diverse heritage that is Tampa Bay. They celebrate all of the cultural assets that have helped transform Tampa into one of top 25 arts destinations in the United States.* Home to world-class museums and premier art galleries and theaters, Tampa Bay offers cultural art experiences that spark the senses and enrich the imagination. From the new Florida Museum of Photographic Arts to the Glazer Children’s Museum, the area’s cultural offerings are as distinct as its character.
DaviD a. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing artS Well known as the busiest performing arts center in the Southeast, the Straz opened its doors in the heart of downtown in 1987 with the support of visionary residents dedicated to the success of the arts in Tampa Bay. Now, with an annual economic impact to the region of more than $100 million, the center boasts five theaters with distinct personalities hosting performances large and small, from Broadway to Opera Tampa, its resident company.
Gasparilla festival of the arts Held annually in March, the streets of downtown Tampa transform into the gallery halls for one of nation’s highest-rated fine art shows. Here, 300 of the most accomplished and renowned artists in the United States showcase their works along with new, up-and-coming masters. First held in 1970, the two-day festival attracts more than 250,000 art enthusiasts.
Tampa Bay history Center Located in Tampa’s vibrant Channel District, this state-of-the art interactive museum pays tribute to the area’s rich beginnings, while inspiring the imagination of all who visit through the story telling of Tampa’s deep-rooted history. A place where history truly comes to life, the Tampa Bay History Center sparks adventure.
Salvador Dalí museum Just a short drive across Tampa Bay, the Salvador Dalí Museum boasts the largest private collection of the master painter’s work outside of Spain. Well known for his technical expertise, Dalí’s inventive creativity can be appreciated in this collection, which includes his use of various mediums.
a trio for exploration Three of the area’s most notable attractions, The Florida Aquarium, Museum of Science & Industry and Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, bring a variety of fun to Tampa Bay’s cultural landscape. From diving with the sharks and swimming with the fishes, to the thrill of a zip line and feeding giraffes, visitors will not be disappointed in the interactive experiences waiting to be discovered.