I'm often in Tampa on business, and I love stopping into the Tampa Museum of Art. Other reviewers seem bothered that this relatively new institution doesn't have the kind of huge permanent collections put together by other city museums over many decades. The permanent collection is a bit limited, but you definitely go for the amazing temporary exhibitions. They recently had a show of the French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson. I've been a big fan of his work for many years and this was by far the best exhibit of his work I've ever seen. I saw that they have a really great exhibition of American paintings from the Phillips Collection that I will definitely see if work takes me back to Tampa. I like the size of the museum; I don't want to spend 4 hours dragging around and, frankly, my schedule doesn't permit it. I should mention that they do have a pretty significant collection of ancient Greek art including lots of important painted vases and bronzes, but that's not really my thing. If you're interested in classical art, you might not know that this small but important collection is in Tampa. If you like art and want a wonderful hour-long experience, you don't want to miss this gem of a museum.
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