A New Tempo for Tampa’s Art Scene

In a city known for its vibrant waterfront, Tampa offers a thriving arts-and-culture vibe created by world-class museums, music, theater and opera in the largest performing arts center in the Southeast. And along the Tampa Riverwalk, visitors can meander on foot or by water taxi.

Located on Florida’s west coast, with the Hillsborough River running through it, Tampa has capitalized on its natural assets, showcasing distinctive waterfront districts and offering visitors new venues and views beyond the palm trees and sparkling blue water.

Dalí is Home.
Degas Comes to Visit

For art lovers, Tampa Bay is the place to be in 2011. With the January 11 opening of the new Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, the largest collection of Salvador Dalí artwork in the United States has a home that is as fantastical as the artist himself.

The new museum was designed specifically to house the 2,140-piece collection of Dalí’s masterworks. Overlooking Tampa Bay, the flowing glass and concrete geometry of the building appears to be supported by a huge boulder from Dali’s homeland, and AOL Travel News listed it as “one of the top buildings you have to see before you die.”

Once inside, visitors will see more of Dalí’s art than anywhere else as the museum empties its vaults to display only his works in 2011. And 96 of the master’s oil paintings will be showcased on year-round permanent display.

While Dalí’s home invites you across the Bay, the new Tampa Museum of Art presents the first-ever exhibition of Degas’ artworks in the area in its new downtown location.  Degas: Form, Movement and the Antique brings together bronze sculptures with a selection of paintings and drawings in this exhibit, which runs from March 12 – June 19. 

The New River Arts District

The Tampa Museum of Art and the Glazer Children’s Museum are the newest additions to the River Arts District, and they are linked by Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Featuring a great lawn, children’s play area, interactive fountains and public boat docks, the park is the perfect spot to enjoy waterfront activities and downtown energy.

A cornerstone of Tampa’s cultural community and within the River Arts District, the David A. Stratz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts offers visitors a wide variety of world-class events. When the award-winning Billy Elliott, the Musical opens its Florida-only booking at the Center on February 2, audiences will experience the “best musical of the decade,” according to Time Magazine. Plan your visit to coincide with this phenomenal Broadway show, which runs through February 20.

Sampling Tampa

While you’re in the area, don’t miss Channelside Bay Plaza, a lively dining and shopping complex, the Florida Aquarium and Tampa Bay History Center. Hop the TECO Line Streetcar to Ybor City for a current-day immersion in the Latin culture that shaped Tampa’s rich heritage. Or, just follow the Riverwalk, linger in the parks, enjoy art and architecture and know that more awaits you on your next visit to Tampa.

This article was brought to you by Tampa Bay & Company. To plan your trip to Tampa Bay, visit www.VisitTampaBay.com.

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