Museums & Aquariums

Our Gulf Coast is rich with museums and aquariums. We have some of the country's renowned marine aquariums and research facilities as well as outstancing museums. So many hidden treasures, you'll be glad you asked.

Anna Maria Island Historical Society

The Anna Maria Island Historical Society was formed in 1990 by Anna Maria residents Pat Copeland and Carolyne Norwood, both reporters for the Islander newspaper. Mayor Ray Simches gave them the idea. They knew something must be done to preserve Island artifacts, which were being lost. Soon more residents joined to support this goal. The non-profit, educational organization was incorporated in 1991.
Location: 402 Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-0492

Dali Museum

The Salvador Dalí Museum shall educate the public and promote understanding, enjoyment and scholarly examination of art through the exhibition of works by Dalí and artists of similar vision. The Salvador Dalí Museum shall preserve and expand its collection of art of Dalí and related archival materia
Location: 1000 Third Street South St. Petersburg, FL USA 33701
Phone: (727) 823-3767

G Wiz

Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone - began as the Gulf Coast World of Science (GCWS) in December 1990. In October 1991, the GCWS opened to the public with only 1,000 square feet and just ten hands-on exhibits. GCWS was soon granted membership in the Association of Science & Technology Centers (ASTC) and ten months later GCWS expanded to 6,000 feet.
Location: 1001 Boulevard of the Arts The Blivas Science & Technology Center Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941.309.GWIZ (4949)

Classic Car Museum

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is recognized as the second oldest continuously operating antique car museum in the Nation! As you stroll through the museum, travel back in time and into the future of man’s greatest invention, the automobile
Location: 5500 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone: 941-355-6228

Desoto National Memorial

On a swelteringly hot day in May 1539, Spaniard Hernando de Soto splashed ashore at Tampa Bay intent on capturing the riches of La Florida by any means necessary. His army was alternately welcomed and opposed by Native American tribes throughout what is now the Southeastern United States in a four year, four thousand mile odyssey of intrigue, warfare, disease, and discovery.
Location: De Soto National Memorial is located at the northern terminus of 75th Street North West in Bradenton, Florida
Phone: (941) 792-0458 ext. 105

Florida Aquarium

Come discover one of the best aquariums in the country and premier Tampa attraction! A wonderful family destination with plenty of fun activities like Swim with the Fishes, Penguins: Backstage Pass and a Wild Dolphin Ecotour. Don`t miss Explore A Shore, our outdoor water fun zone for the children!
Location: 701 Channelside Drive Tampa, Florida 33602
Phone: (813) 273-4000

Florida International Museum

Florida International Museum (FIM) has become one of Florida`s premier cultural attractions, having hosted over 2.5 million visitors from all 50 states and over 100 countries since it opened in 1995.
Location: 244 Second Avenue N St. Petersburg College Downtown Center St. Petersburg Florida 33701
Phone: (727) 341-7900

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

From its humble beginnings in tiny shed in a small Florida town, Mote Marine Laboratory has expanded to include a 10.5-acre campus in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations and public exhibits in Key West and field stations in Summerland Key and Charlotte Harbor.
Location: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-388-4441

Museum of Science and Industry

MOSI today is the result of 52 years of growth and maturity reflecting both the institution and the surrounding community. The passage of time has seen MOSI change in name, location and size. However, its general purpose, to provide informal science education, has remained unchanged. In 1962, Hillsborough County first approved funding for a youth museum in Sulphur Springs on the banks of the Hillsborough River.
Location: 4801 E. Fowler Ave Tampa, Fl.
Phone: 813-987-6000

Ringling Art Museum, Circus Museum & Ca`d` Zan Mansion

The Museum of Art, built by John Ringling to house his personal collection of masterpieces, today features paintings and sculptures by the great Old Masters including Rubens, van Dyck, Velázquez, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco, Gainsborough and more. The European, American and Asian masterworks available here make the Museum of Art an awe-inspiring retreat. It is a palace for treasures emulating the footprint of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, echoing its grace and grandeur.
Location: 5401 Bayshore Rd Sarasota, Fl 34243
Phone: (941) 359-5700

South Florida Museum, Aquarium, Bishop Planetarium

Founded in 1946 by community leaders, the South Florida Museum opened in 1947 on Bradenton’s Memorial Pier with the Montague Tallant collection of Florida’s First Peoples pre- and immediate post-contact archaeological material as well as collections relating to the scientific and cultural history of southwest Florida and Manatee County.
Location: 201 10th St. W Bradenton FL 34205
Phone: (941) 746-4131