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What's the Best Museum in the Tampa Bay Area?

From Sarasota to Tarpon Springs, there are plenty of excellent museums just a day trip away.

School is almost out for the summer, and parents in the Tampa Bay area are in luck: There are plenty of esteemed museums within an hour's drive of the Tampa Bay area.

Which local museum is your favorite? Here's a rundown of art, science and history destinations across the Bay area — just follow the links for hours, directions and upcoming events.

Cast your vote for your favorite museum in the poll below. Did we miss your favorite? Please let us know in the comments.

About Readers' Choice: Voting is open from 9 a.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Friday. Any ties will be broken based on reader comments and reviews. Poll choices represent a sampling of local businesses and are not intended to be all-inclusive. Would you like a free business listing in the Patch directory? Email your business name, complete street address and phone number to chris.taylor@patch.com with "Missing Listing" in the subject line.

Velva Lee Heraty aka Dream Momma May 08, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Crasftsman House? Really? Florida Museum of Photographic Arts would have been a better fit.
Kristin May 08, 2012 at 04:39 PM
USF Contemporary Art Museum!!!
Betsy May 09, 2012 at 11:48 AM
what about Heritage Village in Largo?? That's a terrible omission to not include that location!!
Audrie R May 17, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Thanks for the reminder of all these wonderful venues. There are so many wonderful museums and galleries in the Tampa Bay area. We as a community are so lucky. Let's go visit all of the ones in the competition and listen to the follow up comments and visit all of those places as well!
Audrie R May 17, 2012 at 03:55 AM
BTW, I just heard that St. Petersburg was voted the Best Cultural Destination in the US for a medium sized city the third year running! Hello, that speaks volumes for all of the Arts in the area!!!

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