Free Admission to Tampa Bay History Center Sept. 18

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on September 10, 2021

Celebrate Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day at the Tampa Bay History Center, Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  All visitors will receive free admission with a Museum Day ticket.

Tampa Bay History Center offers free admission during Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the History Center’s current temporary exhibitions, “Tusks to Tails: A Fossil History of Florida,” featuring dozens of rare fossils unearthed throughout the state, and “Outpost to Statehood: The Florida Territory,” which explores Florida’s growth from frontier outpost to the 27th state of the United States. In addition to gallery access, guests will also be able to participate in several, family-friendly activities related to Tampa’s sports history.

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. Participating museums across the country emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums.

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 18, 2021. One ticket is permitted per email address.

A Smithsonian Affiliate museum, the History Center is among a prestigious national list of Affiliates; it is one of only 13 Affiliates in Florida and one of just three in the Tampa Bay area.

In accordance with CDC guidelines and Hillsborough County Administrative Directive #MS-19, all guests older than two must wear face coverings while visiting the Tampa Bay History Center.

For more information about the History Center, and to stay up to date on our COVID protocols and other policies, visit For more information about Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day, visit

About the Tampa Bay History Center

The Tampa Bay History Center includes three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition space focusing on 12,000 years of Florida history. The History Center also features a Museum Store, the Witt Research Center (a branch of the Hillsborough County Public Library System), a map gallery, an event hall and the Columbia Cafe. One of Tampa’s premier cultural venues, the History Center’s hands-on, kid-friendly activities, together with cutting-edge interactive exhibits and theaters provide a unique educational experience. For more information, visit

About the Smithsonian Affiliations Program

Smithsonian Affiliations offers museums, nonprofit cultural organizations, and educational organizations across the country greater access to Smithsonian collections and resources. Established in 1996, the Smithsonian has established affiliation agreements with 168 organizations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Panama and Puerto Rico.  For more information, visit



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