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Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa
(3/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
The 66,000 sq. ft. Tampa Museum of Art opened February 6, 2010 in downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Designed by San Francisco architect Stanley Saitowitz, the building features a shimmering pierced aluminum exterior with LED lighting, a first floor entrance that greets visitors with a dramatic three-story atrium, and eight state-of-the art gallery spaces that feature innovative translucent ceilings and polished stone floors.
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  • After having been to big city art museums in NYC, Toronto, San Francisco, Chicago, etc. this is very underwhelming. 
  • Very good place for an art experience. One interesting thing we see is 3 or 4 children visiting the Park, on school excursions. Very important for the development of art culture in children. The Museum has exhibitions in several countries, cultural and archaeological items. Large, nice place, worth the visit.
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  • I go to a lot of museums. I took a sandwich with me in preparation to spend the day. I was probably in and out of there in 30 mins maybe less. I don't usually speed through museums. I take my time, re...  more »
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  • Attended the Museum with my friend yesterday to complete a school assignment. When signing in at the welcome desk, we weren't very "welcomed". The man behind the counter named Tom was very blunt and open about his distaste with all of the students that were coming through, he made that blatantly aware to us. When asked where the restrooms were he rolled his eyes at us and said he hated repeating himself over and over again and when asked if we could have a guided tour he got very agitated and told us that we could not because they did not have the staff and that he didn't want to answer anymore interview questions because as he stated before, he hates repeating himself. That along with the underwhelming selection and layout of art I would not recommend anyone to consider this as an activity when exploring Tampa, Florida.
  • Beautiful facility with good displays. Not very extensive though. Good for a short trip, not a long visit. Very nice for local people who go often as the exhibits do change frequently.
  • I visited the museum with a school group today and it was wonderful. They had arranged for us to have guides give us a tour which was wonderful! The guides were so full of knowledge about everything they were showing us! I noticed that some of the other reviews were complaining about size of the museum. It isn't a huge museum and there aren't a lot of different exhibits but given the low price I think this is more than fair for what you pay! The exhibits had tons of different pieces of art to view and a lot of history to see! I loved visiting and will gladly plan another visit when the exhibits change! The two exhibits that were there on my visit today were: RENOIR TO CHAGALL: PARIS AND THE ALLURE OF COLOR POSEIDON AND THE SEA: MYTH, CULT AND DAILY LIFE Although both where great I took a special liking to the Renoir to Chagall exhibit but I am not the least bit surprised by this! I am in love with paintings and found it fascinating to learn more about this the art & artist of this time as well as to see the beautiful work displayed!
  • Went to see the Peter Max exhibit which was good. The rest of the museum was mostly ancient clay pots and artifacts along with a clothing exhibit that is not really art. There was very little canvas and print art. Having come from Chicago which has a TERRIFIC Art Museum with the Art Institute this was disappointing. If it wasn't for the Peter Max exhibit this would have been a huge let down.
  • Fun gift shop, lots of interesting things but the jewelry is unique and one of a kind with lots of awesome pieces!