Explore an ever-growing art scene across Ybor City or enjoy one of the several museums in the district. Take a walk through the district and admire the various murals commemorating the storied past of Ybor City. Head over to the Historic Kress Building to enjoy various styles of art in several studios. Dive into Ybor City’s past and experience the rich cultural heritage on display at the Ybor City Museum State Park located in the former Ferlita Bakery or take a tour through 170 years of the Hillsborough County’s Sherriff’s department located in a 100-year-old casita.
If you have art in your heart, Ybor has many art galleries for you to explore.
Dive into Ybor City’s past and experience the rich cultural heritage on display at Ybor’s various museums.
Located inside the former Ferlita Bakery, the Ybor City State Museum plays a part in preserving more than 135 years of Ybor City’s rich history. Visitors to the museum are also able to explore a century-old casita that offers a glimpse into a cigar-worker’s family home. After their tour, guests can also enjoy the Ybor City Museum State Park’s Mediterranean-style garden.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office provides guests with an immersive experience that showcases more than 170 years of law enforcement excellence. Look back into the history of Hillsborough County through a rich photographic history offered by the museum. Explore how equipment, uniforms, and badges used by sheriffs in the county have changed over the years through various displays. Reflect on those lost in the line of duty in the Fallen Heroes room.
Explore nearly 135 years of baseball history at the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House. This museum celebrates and preserves the history of the national pastime in the City of Tampa. Located in the house of former MLB player and Tampa baseball legend Al Lopez, the Tampa Baseball Museum explores the history of baseball culture, from Little League to Major League, and everything in between.
The FLORIDA MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS is a museum dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture. FMoPA collects, preserves, and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists. FMoPA also enriches the community by operating outreach programs to educate children and adults.
Ybor Speaks was created to celebrate the immigrant experience in Ybor City from the boom town of the 1890s through the creative revival of the 1980s. The City of Tampa Division of Arts & Cultural Affairs commissioned playwright Sheila Cowley and sound designer Matt Cowley to create a sound installation that welcomes you to Ybor City through immersive soundscapes, audio vignettes, histories, and memoirs read aloud. The Cowleys included local talent from the Spanish Lyric Theatre, faculty and students from the University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance, stage and screen actors based in Tampa Bay, and many residents.
Ybor City Streetscape
Ybor City Streetscape was commissioned between 1998 and 2000 by the City of Tampa, Public Art Program. The tobacco-shaped leaves of variable dimensions were created from granite and paving stones on historic 7th Avenue from Nick Nuccio Parkway to 22nd Street. The inscriptions within the tobacco leaves are excerpts from The Ybor City Chronicles (1994), a book written by Ferdie Pacheco M.D., a writer, painter, historian, and Ybor City native.
Adamo Drive Mural Project
Adamo Drive Mural Project was completed in May 2013 by Artist Michael Parker and his students enrolled in the Selected Topics in Art: Community Mural Project class at Hillsborough Community College. Located on Adamo Drive between 17th and 19th Street, it is the largest piece of original artwork in the state of Florida.
Signal Box Art
Signal Box Art Wraps was completed in 2016 by local artist Tim Boatright.