The Tampa Museum of Art opened its award-winning new building in 2010 with a commitment to provide innovative public programs with a focus on ancient, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection, including one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States, with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. The region’s largest institution devoted to the art of our time, the Museum has fostered a reputation for presenting contemporary photography and new media; most notably, Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa), a 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its south façade, has become an iconic landmark for Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. The Museum is home to Riverwalk Cafe at TMA, a Cafe featuring favorite local flavors overlooking the Hillsborough River, and has emerged as Tampa’s premier venue for special events.
120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602
Docent-led tours 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 with the art on view and discover how it relates to their studies and their own life experiences. Self-guided tours may be subject to admission fees.
Tours are led by volunteer docents, trained by Museum Education Department staff, who deliver tours based on current museum pedagogical theory. School tours are thematic and follow the Florida State Standards.
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Customize your tour of the Tampa Museum of Art to fit your classroom needs. Below is a synopsis of our “Art and…” tours. Select one and let us know how we can assist in bringing classroom learning to the Museum and vise versa.
Art and the Ancient World
Focus on the iconography and objects of the ancient Greeks and Romans as you explore The Classical World. Learn about Greek and Roman artifacts within their artistic, social, religious, economic, and political contexts. Explore artifacts from an archaeological perspective. Recommended for students studying ancient cultures.
Art and Looking
Focus on having meaningful discussions that follow the standards for speaking and listening as you discuss the elements of art and principles of design. Explore the highlights of the Museum as a docent takes students through significant works of art on view in both the permanent antiquities collection and the rotating modern and contemporary exhibitions. Recommended as an introduction to museums and the basics of composition, technique, and media.
Art and Storytelling
The Ancient Greeks and Romans told stories to explain the unexplainable. Modern artists use well-known stories to convey new messages. Explore the stories told through artistic depictions by ancient and/or modern artists. Recommended for students studying stories, fables, and myths.
Docent-led tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 10:00 am. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and can include a specific exhibition or a tour of all galleries.
Tours last 45 minutes to an hour. For groups with more than 60 students, please allow for at least two hours at the Museum.
Tampa Museum of Art
Cornelia Corbett Center
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602
All K-12 schools who visit the Museum on a guided tour receive free admission for the students and one free chaperone for every ten students.
-Seniors/Military/FL Educators: $7.50
-College and K-12 Students: Free
No Group Rates
No Docent Fee
Docents volunteer their time to tour your group and are not at the Museum on a regular basis. Please respect their time by providing the Museum with at least 48 hours to notify docents of a cancellation.