Things to do in Tampa: Free Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day



The History Center will offer free admission for all visitors Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

Guests can mingle with Spanish and British colonial-era re-enactors in the all-new “Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks” gallery, while younger visitors can gather for story time sessions throughout the galleries every other hour.

Get an up-close look at early native artifacts at special “gallery carts” stationed throughout the museum, and children of all ages can make their own pirate eye patches, learn from real archaeologists how to write underwater, or participate in a variety of other Florida history-themed games, crafts and activities.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the History Center’s current temporary exhibitions A History of Conservation: A Bird’s Eye View and Navigating in the Age Before GPS; both are on exhibit now for a limited time.

Museum Day tickets are required for entry and are available for download at Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address.


Date(s): September 22, 2018
Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Admission: FREE


801 Old Water St
Tampa, FL 33602

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