One of the most unique museums in Florida, the South Florida Museum offers everything from cultural events, deep-sea experiences and out of this world planetarium experience. But the most interesting part of the museum is the history you can experience by exploring a variety of anthropological artifacts and other cultural objects. Exhibits include animals, Florida and cultural history; to the farthest reaches of the universe to the deepest depths of the ocean.
There is so much to do and see at the South Florida Museum that everyone in your family will have a great time. This is one of the things to do during your Tampa vacation that is both entertaining and educational. Your kids will learn without even knowing it. You cannot ask for more than that while on vacation.
On the first floor of the museum you will encounter fossils of Florida’s marine and mammal inhabitants along with artifacts from Paleo-Indian, archaic and pre-contact cultures. Also on the first floor are Land of Change, Fabulous Florida Seas, Archaic Peoples and the Tallant Gallery. The Tallant Gallery features objects from the Montague Tallant Collection of Florida’s First Peoples.
Artifacts on display include pottery of Native American’s dating back 4,000 years ago, metal creations from silver, gold, bronze and tumbaga and a variety of glass beads.
Take your tour to the second floor of the South Florida Museum where you will see the visible storage area of the museum. This area houses over 20,000 objects. Collections include paleontology, archeology, textiles, minerals, shells, decorative arts and much more.
Explore Medical History including a recreated operating room and early 20th Century pharmacy.
The Environmental Hall features Exhibits in the Environmental Wing focusing on the past, present and future of Florida’s environment, including Riverine, Pine Uplands and Estuary. This is one of the largest museum wings in the state of Florida focusing on environmental awareness and education.
The South Florida Museum is open seven days a week during the months of January through April and the month of July. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed during all other months.
Cost of admission is $19 for adults, $17 for seniors (60+), $14 for children (4-12 and children under 4 are free with paying adult admission.) Group rates available.
Also inside the South Florida Museum is the Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium. For additional information visit www.southfloridamuseum.org.