Museum Exhibitions

Hillsborough County Arts in Education Program

There are several high quality cultural institutions in Hillsborough County that offer field trip experiences. Teachers and parents can browse below to learn about these opportunities and then contact these institutions directly to make a group reservation.

Country Cracker

Cracker Country

4800 Hwy 301 N.
Tampa, FL 33610
Phone: 813-627-4225

Cracker Country is a living history museum that represents aspects of home life, commerce and transportation as it was in many rural Florida communities just before the turn of the 20th century. Founded in 1978 and located on the Florida State Fairgrounds, Cracker Country has been offering field trips to Tampa Bay area students for over three decades. The museum offers three field trip programs:

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Florida Aquarium

701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

Go from tree level to sea level while being entertained and educated at The Florida Aquarium! With more than 20,000 animals including sharks, alligators, seahorses and more, you’re sure to have an amazing aquatic experience.

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Florida Museum of Photographic Art (FMoPA)

Florida Museum of Photographic Art (FMoPA)

400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200
Tampa, FL 33602

The FLORIDA MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS is a museum dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture. FMoPA collects, preserves, and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists. FMoPA also enriches the community by operating outreach programs to educate children and adults.

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Glazer Children’s Museum

110 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602

Watch your students work as a team, problem solve, and learn during a Glazer Children’s Museum Field Trip! Enhance math, science, and literacy concepts through interactive play and exploration as a group. Students Pre K- Grade 8 can play with purpose in over 170 exhibits within 19 themed areas. Upgrade your day of play by booking a Premium or Ultimate Field Trip that includes our new cutting-edge, design-oriented Think Studios and/or a session in our innovative, motion-capture laboratory, SMALLab! Download our comprehensive Playbook for pricing, content, educator trainings, and more at

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Henry B. Plant Museum

University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

The Henry B. Plant Museum interprets the Tampa Bay Hotel at the turn of the century; the Victorian lifestyles and history of America’s Gilded Age; the life and significant contributions of the visionary builder, steamship and railroad magnate Henry Bradley Plant in the development of Florida and Tampa Bay; and the role of the Hotel in the Spanish-American War. Through educational exhibits of original furnishings and artifacts and a dynamic docent-led tour, students are transported to the late Victorian period and immersed in the opulence of the Tampa Bay Hotel and its rich history.

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Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)

Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)

4801 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33617

Starting November 18, 2017, the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) will offer a re-imagined, jam-packed hands-on science learning experience. More than 100 engaging exhibits will fill a remodeled space on MOSI’s longtime campus at 4801 E. Fowler Avenue.

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Tampa Bay History Center

Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water Street
Tampa, FL 33602

The History Center is a 60,000-square-foot museum focused on the history and heritage of Florida and the Tampa Bay region. From the earliest native peoples and Seminole Wars, to the growth of transportation and industry, the History Center covers 12,000 years of Florida’s past. Sail across unknown seas with European explorers, ply the Florida coast alongside pirates and privateers, and dive to the ocean floor in search of long-lost fortunes in the all-new Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks gallery.

Exhibition Schedule:

Navigating the Age Before SPS: Nautical Charts of Florida and the Caribbean, June 2018–January 2019.

History of Conversation – A Bird’s Eye View, August 2018–February 2019.

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Tampa Museum of Art

Tampa Museum of Art

120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602

Docent-led tours at the Tampa Museum of Art focus on connecting students with the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions. They inspire an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking and viewing skills to connect the art on view with their studies and their own life experiences. Volunteer docents lead tours based on current museum pedagogical theory and classroom curricular standards.

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USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM)

3821 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

The USF Contemporary Art Museum organizes and presents significant and investigative exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States and around the world. Changing exhibitions are designed to introduce students, faculty and the Tampa Bay community to current cultural trends. USFCAM underwrites new projects by emerging artists, and maintains the university’s art collection of more than 5,000 works. Educational programs include InsideART, a free online secondary school curriculum that integrates social studies and science with contemporary art.

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USF Graphicstudio

USF Graphicstudio

3702 Spectrum Blvd., #100
Tampa, FL 33612

Graphicstudio is an ongoing experiment in art and education at the University of South Florida, where leading artists from around the world are invited to work in residence to produce limited edition prints and sculpture multiples. Faculty and staff of Graphicstudio collaborate with visiting artists to realize projects that would not otherwise be possible without the assistance of Graphicstudio’s printmaking and sculpture experts. Tours visit each aspect of Graphicstudio’s facility: the main gallery space, curating, lithography, and etching, view printmaking demonstrations in either lithography or etching, and each visitor receives a small sample of a print produced at Graphicstudio.

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Arts, Science



Tour Length:

40-60 minutes.


Up to 30 students at a time can tour the facilities.

Bus Parking:

Busses should drop of students at the entrance of Graphicstudio and then park at the University Square Mall parking lot located off of 30th Street (Bruce B. Downs Blvd.)

Study Guide/Activities Guide:

Glossaries to Processes and Techniques for Printmaking and Sculpture are at: and


There is no charge for Public School field trip groups.

Reservation Instructions:

To make a reservation, contact Mark Fredricks at least two weeks in advance at or 813-974-3503.


Ybor City Museum

Ybor City Museum

1818 E. 9th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

The story told at the Ybor City Museum State Park begins in 1885, when Vicente Martinez-Ybor arrived to established Tampa’s renowned cigar Industry. From a small fishing village of 750 residents, the population grew quickly as Spaniards, Italians, Cubans, Romanian Jews and Germans, immigrated to Tampa to work in the cigar industry or to provide goods and services to these new residents. The museum tour includes exhibits on the cigar industry, Ybor City’s diverse immigrant population, the social clubs and mutual aid societies, cultural, political and social activities, a special exhibit entitled Traces of Cuba a recreated cigar-worker’s home and the Mediterranean-style garden.

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Lowry Park Zoo

Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park

1101 W. Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

Five-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2010-2015), Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern U.S., with over 1 million visitors annually. Since its inception, Zoo Tampa has grown to what now encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic animal exhibits in a lush, tropical garden setting. The Zoo offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events for which it has won accolades as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos.

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