Coronavirus: Here’s which Tampa Bay venues, museums are closed, and for how long

Some theaters and theme parks have gone dark for the forseeable future, too.
The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa is closed until April 19.
The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa is closed until April 19. [ DENNIS JOYCE | Times ]
Published March 17, 2020|Updated March 18, 2020

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As social distancing grows more prevalent during the coronavirus pandemic, an increasing number of Tampa Bay museums, theme parks, music clubs and performing arts spaces have chosen to shut down operations, in certain cases indefinitely. Some end dates are expected to change; we’ll update this list when possible.

Here’s where a number of popular destinations stand.


Ruth Eckerd Hall: Largely closed into April. Select shows in April are still on sale, but could be postponed soon. Click here.

David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts: Closed until April 19. Click here.

Mahaffey Theater: The theater has postponed all shows “until further notice,” said general manager Joseph Santiago.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: While the casino remains open for now, large concerts have been postponed through April 6. Click here.

Central Park Performing Arts Center: The city of Largo has suspended events there, and other events in Central Park, through March 31. Click here.

The Palladium: Performances have been suspended through April 16. Click here.

Tampa Theatre: The historic venue and movie house will be dark through March 31. Click here.

Jannus Live: All shows postponed through April 2. Click here.

The Ritz Ybor: The nightclub announced it is “temporarily” closing, but did not give a reopening date. Click here.

The Orpheum: Although the venue has one show still on sale for March, it is otherwise closed until April 2. Click here.

Hooch and Hive: Closed “until further notice.” Click here.

Skipper’s Smokehouse: All concerts and events are postponed through April 15. Click here.

Tampa Improv: All shows through May 4 have been canceled and will be refunded. Click here.


Freefall Theatre: The company has canceled its productions of Lone Star Spirits and Dear World and will remain closed for the next eight weeks. Click here.

American Stage: Classes and the production of The People Downstairs was halted. Artistic director Stephanie Gularte said American Stage will remain closed for as long as it’s in the best interest of the community. Click here.

Jobsite Theater: The resident theater company of the Straz Center will remain closed through April 19 and plans to reschedule its production of Doubt: A Parable. Click here.

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Stageworks Theatre: Performances of 12 Angry Men and all other events were suspended. Click here.

Florida Orchestra: The orchestra has canceled performances through April 5. Click here.

St. Petersburg Opera: All performances, classes and events are suspended through March 30. The Mirella Cimato Gallery, located at Opera Central, will also be closed through March 30. Click here.


The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Tampa Museum of Art, Florida Holocaust Museum, Tampa Bay History Center, James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, the Ringling Museum, the Polk Museum of Art and St. Petersburg Museum of History are temporarily closed. The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts will close for two weeks with a tentative re-open date of March 30. The Dalí Museum will be closed through March 31.

The Glazer Children’s Museum, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and Henry B. Plant Museum are also temporarily closed. Great Explorations Children’s Museum will be closed to the public until March 30. The Florida Aquarium will remain closed through March 29.


The Duncan McClellan Gallery and Florida CraftArt are temporarily closed. The Dunedin Fine Art Center has canceled all classes and will be closed through April 12. The Morean Arts Center, the Morean Center for Clay, the Morean Glass Studio and the Chihuly Collection are temporarily closed and have also canceled all classes. Mize Gallery will be by appointment only. Articles Art Gallery and Custom Framing, the Leslie Curran Gallery and the Collectors Exchange are by appointment only for the next two weeks.


All of Florida’s theme parks are now closed through March 31, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Legoland and SeaWorld. In addition, Universal CityWalk and Disney Springs are closed and hotels owned by Disney and Universal will close by the end of the day Friday.

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