Tours

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International Independent Showmen’s Museum Tours Avaialble

International Independent Showmen’s Museum Group Tours

The museum is of interest to all ages. Past visitors have included: Car Clubs, Red Hats, Retirement Home Residents, Over 55 Communities, School Groups, Volunteer Organizations, Florida Visitors, etc

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Tours

Admission for Groups of 12 or more is $ 5.00 per person

Admission for Groups under 12 is $10.00 per person

Minimum 10 – Maximun 30

Self-Guided Tours of The International Independent Showmen’s Museum

You and your group are always invited to visit the museum on your own (without a docent guide) anytime during regular museum hours. However, regular admission fees will still apply. To schedule a tour for your group (either guided or un-guided),contact us at:

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  • Museum Office:813-671-3503
  • Tours and Info:813-765-7031

Scheduling a Tour

Guided Tours

Guided tours are led by experienced docents and unless otherwise indicated are complimentary with admission.  Pricing is provided for those tours that are not included with admission.  Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Guided Tours require a reservation.  A donation to the Museum’s Historic Preservation Fund is welcome and at the end of each tour.  Tour times must be scheduled two weeks prior to the date your group visits the museum. The museum is still open to the general public during a Guided Tour.

Private Tour

Private Docent Tours are allowed at the International Independent Showmen’s Museum. The museum is closed to outside visitors during your private tour.

Discover little known facts about America’s outdoor show business, carnivals, and traveling shows day to day life and history by spending time with a docent who loves sharing stories of the outdoor traveling show business.  Requires a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance and additional charge of $300 for up to 25 people.

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  • Museum Office:813-671-3503
  • Tours and Info:813-765-7031

Curator Tours

This tour program is a special treat full of fun facts and opportunities to ask the curator lots of questions. These tours are available upon request, and included once scheduled with regular Museum admission. Please see our Events section for upcoming Curator Tours. You will receive a special gift at the conclusion of your Curator Tour

 Group Tours

Large groups are welcome at the International Independent Showmen’s Museum. The museum curator, David Rivera, will personally guide your group through the Museum and bring back those memories of being at the fair or carnival as a youngster. Groups are limited to 60 people and will be divided into smaller groups of 15 for the tour. For information on scheduling a group tour, please contact David Rivera at:

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Contact Us / Phone Us

  • Museum Office:813-671-3503
  • Tours and Info:813-765-7031

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School Groups

School groups are also welcome to take a field trip to the International Independent Showmen’s Museum. 

Docent led tours can be arranged for any age or grade level. Tours can be scheduled by appointment only during the school year.  A minimum of ten people is required for a docent-led tour, and tours must be arranged at least two weeks in advance. The Museum requires one chaperon per ten students (4-12). A chaperon is not required for college students or adults.  Adult tours are $5 per person with a docent fee of $20 per group. Students and teachers receive a discount based on group size.  The docent fee will be waived if no docent is required. (Special exhibition fees may apply.)

For Teachers:

The International Independent Showmen’s Museum provides a fun and educational experience to school groups. While visiting the Museum, students will learn about the colorful world of circuses, carnivals, wild west shows, and traveling medicine shows from the people that brought entertainment and culture to the grassroots of America before the 20th century as well as throughout the 20th century. The students will learn about innovation and creativity while inventing rides through the use of geometry and math, tasty treats like cotton candy, and beautiful pieces of art with colorful banners and posters just to name a few of the educational aspects of this museum.  There were artists  performers, people that society didn’t accept, and workers that found a home while entertaining America.

This tour is best suited for students Grade 4 and above. Lunch can be consumed at the museum in a designated area. Teachers, please download the Educator’s Guide below for more information and all necessary forms, as well as some lessons to incorporate prior to your visit.