Museum Day


September, 2019





10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST



Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St.

Tampa, FL 33602

Rock out during Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day at the Tampa Bay History Center, Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  All visitors will receive free admission with a Museum Day ticket.

Museum Day is a national celebration in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums.

This year, the Smithsonian Channel is offering Smithsonian Affiliates the opportunity to host screenings of the Channel’s music documentaries during their local Museum Day events.

The History Center will screen the Smithsonian Channel documentary “Rock ‘n’ Roll Inventions: This Damn Music,” inviting guests to journey from wind-up gramophones to vinyl records to radio to the digital revolution. During this free screening, some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll producing and recording explain the impact of each innovation and how it shaped rock ‘n’ roll as well as American culture.

The History Center is one of only 13 Smithsonian Affiliates in Florida and one of only three in the Tampa Bay area.

Visitors can also mingle with historical re-enactors throughout the museum galleries, while younger visitors can participate in music-themed crafts or get an up-close look at artifacts at special “gallery carts” stationed throughout the museum.

The History Center’s current temporary exhibitions “History by the Pint: Beer and Brewing in Tampa Bay,” which closes Sept. 29, and “On Track: A History of Florida Railroads,” closing Sept. 22 are also included with free admission.

Museum Day tickets are required for entry and are available for download at Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 21, 2019. One ticket is permitted per email address.

For more information about the History Center, visit For more information about Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day, visit