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Tampa Museum of Art inches closer to $110M overhaul

Bill DeYoung



Rendering of the "new" Tampa Museum of Art. Image: Weiss/Manfredi.

As part of the Tampa Museum of Art’s ambitious Centennial Renovation project, seven new exhibition spaces – transformed from underused storage rooms – were unveiled this week.

Also completed: the Vinik Family Education Center, which began offering classes in May 2022 and includes four classrooms, a lobby and a ceramics kiln.

With the completion of the renovation phase of the Centennial Renovation and Expansion, the museum’s exhibition and collection space has grown from 14,800 more than 43,000 square feet.

The next phase will be the construction of a 55,000-square-foot expansion, designed as a four-story, glass-fronted pier that will extend the museum to the edge of the nearby Hillsborough River, including a 150-seat theater, a rooftop event space and more. This will triple the event space from 7,200 to 25,600 square feet.

The Tampa Museum of Art today. Photo provided.

New York-based Weiss/Manfredi is handling all aspects of the renovation and expansion, including the new transparent facade surrounding the first floor of the museum, which was founded in 1920.

Total cost for the expansion and additions is estimated at $110 million; the museum previously announced it would be 80 percent privately funded, with Hillsborough County and a CRA grant providing the rest.

In April 2022, the museum received a $25 million donation from Dick Corbett, CEO and president of the Tampa-based real estate investment firm Concorde Cos.

Construction is expected to begin in 2024.

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