Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
2701 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 971-4710
Fax: (813) 977-0155
Arts & Museums
More than 450 activities await you at this non-profit facility dedicated to promoting a better understanding of science and technology. The Saunders Planetarium shows you the stars. Step inside the Gulf Coast Hurricane exhibit for a blast of tropical nightmare. At the IMAX Dome Theatre, the world is bigger than life, filled with odd sights and sounds on a huge screen. Souvenirs ranging from totes and T-shirts to puzzles and posters are available at the Science Store. For refreshment, the MOSI Café offers pizzas, salads and sandwiches.
Browse local and international artists work to bring home at this popular gallery. Aside from purchasing art, you can also take advantage of Linden Galleries framing and installation services.
A century ago, here in the Latin Quarter of Tampa, cigar maker Vincente Martinez Ybor began an industry that brought this city worldwide renown—those famed Tampa cigars. Here, too, poet and patriot Jose Marti, the hero of Cuban liberation, plotted and pleaded for his cause. History surrounds you in Ybor City where one thing seems hardly to have changed at all in a century—a strong sense of pride in community and culture. You can learn more about all that in this museum where the past is chronicled in yellowing pages, spidery script and cigar bands. It's poignant, stirring and just a little sad. Ybor City's far from sad these days, however. It's in the midst of a renaissance, the likes of which it hasn't seen for many years. Now the streets rock on weekends, and the fiesta goes on and on and on, well into the wee hours.
Since 1984, the Brad Cooper Gallery has provided an ongoing array of unique and expressive works. At its Ybor gallery, artists from around the US and abroad exhibit their creative pieces. The gallery focuses on contemporary art by established artists as well as emerging artists. The gallery features paintings using several mediums including oil on linen, wood, and canvas, acrylic on paper, silver print, and mixed media. There are featured solo exhibits throughout the year. Professional staff is available to help collectors choose pieces for ongoing collections as well as custom framing. Gallery viewing is by appointment only. -Vickie Ferguson
Located in downtown Tampa across the river from the University of Tampa and near Riverwalk, the Glazer Children's Museum provides plenty of fun and entertainment for children. The museum offers a full range of games, workshops and interactive exhibits. Craft activities, story time, parades, and fun fitness and aerobics are just a few of the daily programs accessible to children. Monthly events are scheduled with special themes, guests, face painting, demonstrations and exhibits designed just for kids. Food, snacks and beverages are available at the Tiny Bites Café.
Established in 1979, this museum houses more than 4,500 objects in its permanent collection and exhibits the largest collection of Greek and Roman antiquities in the Southeast. The Center Gallery displays themed exhibitions from the permanent collection. For a look at 19th and 20th century sculpture set against the backdrop of the Hillsborough River, visit the Terrace Gallery. Stroll through the Outdoor Courtyard featuring contemporary sculptures, fountains and bronze work. For gifts, books, children's items or home accessories, stop by the museum store.
Built by enthusiastic locals, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is a non-profit museum that strives to promote photographic talent. Local, regional as well as international photographers' works have been displayed here. Interactive Workshops, lectures and educational programs designed for both adults as well as children are also organized on a regular basis. Take some time out of your schedule to view some incredible photos, which are on display here.
Walk the corridors of the Tampa Bay Hotel, now a museum and a National Historic Landmark, and experience a stroll through time when exquisite art, elegant furnishings and opulent grandeur conveyed the image of the Gilded Age. Built in 1891, the hotel, with its Moorish architecture and spiraling minarets, was created as a resort for the rich and affluent. Reservations needed for groups of 10 or more. Parking is free in front of the building and in a nearby parking garage.
Learning about Tampa Bay's history is a fascinating trip from migrant tribes 1,500 years ago through the captains of industry to modern day cowboys. The Tampa Bay History Center offers tours that trace this history with pictures, artifacts and more. Walking through the doors of the salmon-colored building is like taking a step into the past. The gift shop offers clothing, books and coffee mugs.
For over 31 years, Nuance Galleries has provided Tampa residents and visitors to the bay area with a plethora of fine art created by both local and international artists. All of the original works of art on display cover a wide range in style and choice of medium. Traditional, classic, contemporary, futuristic, and innovative artwork is available using watercolors, oils, serigraphs, and lithographs. Nuance Galleries has scheduled events during the year. For your personal artwork or keepsake, the in-house staff offers custom framing using the highest quality materials to protect your treasure.
Opened in 1987, Clayton Galleries has been providing artwork to the Tampa community for over 25 years. The gallery highlights and promotes the work of Florida artists as well as regional artists through ongoing exhibitions. Current works along with earlier pieces by artists allow visitors to see the creative growth of each individual artist. On display you will see a variety of mediums including oils, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, paper, and photography. Rotating exhibitions are scheduled throughout the year. Clayton Galleries also offers custom framing from basic styles to embellished gold leaf finishes by an experienced in-house framer.
The Leepa Rattner Museum of Art is situated on the campus of St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs, Florida. It is one of three buildings in the 53,000 square-foot (4923 square-meter) complex and organizes varied art exhibitions throughout the year. The museum preserves paintings and modern art work by Abraham Rattner, and also showcases contemporary sculpture. Interactive tours are organized for children, students, seniors, as well as cultural trips. Overall, it is a great visit for an indulgence of contemporary art.