On Sept. 21 St. Petersburg museums and cultural institutions will provide free entry to the public for one day only. Anyone interested needs to download a Museum Day ticket. Only one download is allowed for each email address and each ticket provides general admission for two people.

There are a multitude of museums in the St. Petersburg area that will be participating in Free Museum Day.

Historic Spanish Point 

Location: 337 N. Tamiami Trl., Osprey

Museum Day Hours: 9:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m.

Historic Spanish Point is a unique museum that, according to their website, focuses on four different elements: prehistory, pioneers, palmer and plants. The museum has an incredible archaeological record that dates back over 5,000 years and is referred to as one of the largest preserved archaeological sites of the period on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The pioneer-era buildings from the late 1800s include a chapel and a citrus and vegetable packing house. The museum also has its own garden, boatyard and picnic area. Guests can view different habitats and a variety of plants, trees and species along their nature trails and their Butterfly Garden which is one of the largest in Florida.

The Ringling

Location: 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m.

Administered by Florida State University, The Ringling is located on a picturesque bayfront property and features an art museum, historic mansion, circus museum, historic theatre, conservation center and a research library. The museum aims to be inclusive, inspiring and excellent, honoring the founders John and Mable Ringling as a cultural educator and entertainer in the community. 

Cracker Country 

Location: 4800 Highway 301 N., Tampa

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 4:00 p.m.

Cracker Country is one of the only living museums in Tampa. Employees dress in period clothing to reenact the day-to-day lives of people from the 19th century. It was founded to preserve Florida’s rural heritage, recreating 1890s rural Florida aesthetic with costumes and authentic buildings. From a model train display to sampling sugar cane syrup, Cracker Country offers a rare experience to its patrons.

The Florida Holocaust Museum 

Location: 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 4:00 p.m.

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The Florida Holocaust Museum is one of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, founded by Walter P. Loebenberg who escaped Nazi Germany in 1939 and served in the army during World War II. The museum honors the memory of those that suffered or died in the Holocaust. The museum is dedicated to teaching people of the importance of human life in order to prevent horrific genocides like the Holocaust from happening again.

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts 

Location: 400 North Ashley Dr., Cube 200, Tampa

Museum Day Hours: 12:00 p.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m.

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts has dedicated itself to exhibiting photographic art that displays both contemporary life and culture. The museum collects and preserves historic and modern works by both nationally and internationally known artists. Currently, one of the artists being showcased is Stephen Wilkes. Her work titled “Day to Night” features her photographs that masterfully portrays the flow from dawn till dusk of popular landscapes in one fluid image. 

Tampa Bay History Center 

Location: 801 Old Water St., Tampa

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m.

Tampa Bay History Center offers three floors of interactive exhibits that allow patrons to explore the stories of historical figures from Jack Rackam to Theodore Roosevelt. The museum has recently opened the "Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks" gallery which includes a 60 foot replica of an 18th century pirate ship and artifacts recovered from shipwrecks off of Florida’s coasts.

Tampa Museum of Art 

Location: 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m.

Tampa Museum of Art is the region's largest institution devoted to modern art and embracing new media, providing innovative public programs with ancient, modern and contemporary art. The museum aims to collect and preserve iconic and important works in order to engage and educate the public.

Henry B. Plant Museum 

Location: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m.

Henry B. Plant Museum is an authentically restored Victorian railroad resort that originally opened in 1891 as the Tampa Bay Hotel. The resort is adorned with actual European furniture from the first guests and art of the Gilded Age. Patrons experience the elegance of Victorian lifestyle in this museum. Since Sept. 1, the museum offers a live weekly theatre performance called “Upstairs Downstairs”. 

Imagine Museum 

Location: 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m.

Imagine Museum takes patrons through the history of studio glass and features mind altering pieces of art from both the American Studio Glass Movement and contemporary glass sculptures from all around the world. In this groundbreaking work, the glass artists play with manipulation of light, reflection and creative expression.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature 

201 10th St. W., Bradenton

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast. It offers a natural history exhibitions, a planetarium and the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat. They have fossils from some of Florida’s first animal inhabitants as well as a collection of prehistoric archaeological artifacts. As a goal, the museum hopes to educate and interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and the universe. 

To see the rest of the museums offering this promotion in the area, or to download a Museum Day ticket, go to the Smithsonian Magazine website here.

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