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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Waterfront Museum

Located adjacent to the Riverwalk and the hockey arena. Convenient parking nearby. 3 floors of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David T
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Worth it!

We were not planning to stop here and it ended up being a pleasant surprise. Well laid out. Lots... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Experience 12,000 years of powerful stories at the Tampa Bay History Center. During your journey, you will stroll through a 1920s-era cigar store, row up the Hillsborough River, ride along with a cattle drive and learn about the early exploration of Florida. This waterfront building, with an eclectic Museum Store and the signature Columbia Cafe, is a memorable experience for families, history enthusiasts, Tampa area natives and beyond.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located adjacent to the Riverwalk and the hockey arena. Convenient parking nearby. 3 floors of exhibits, though the third floor is a work in progress. There are exhibits involving artifacts of early natives, Seminoles and cigar making, among others. There is an area devoted to...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were not planning to stop here and it ended up being a pleasant surprise. Well laid out. Lots of hisorty of the area and a little bit for everyone. Cover the history of Tampa, Indians, cigars, industry and even a little sports. Really enjoyed...More

Thank loriy0308
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is not the Smithsonian but that shouldn't be an expectation. We visit Tampa many times but wanted to go somewhere we hadn't been before. It is a little expensive for a museum of it's size ($12.95/adult with a $2.00 discount for seniors) but we...More

Thank FloridaSunDevil
Reviewed 27 September 2017

We enjoyed strolling though. Interesting, varied exhibits, with attention to detail. Three? floors. Artifacts are well displayed. Good restaurant on the premises, Cuban food featured. Large portions, mid-range.

Thank thorty
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

My family went for a walk along the Tampa Bay Seawall downtown and came across the History Center. We were so surprised at how much it had to offer. There was a restaurant inside the food smells so delicious. So much history from the Tampa...More

1  Thank Beverly C
Reviewed 15 September 2017

We are season pass holders to the museum which also gets you access to many other museums both locally and nationally. The museum is very nicely laid out, and you can get plenty of exercise here as well going up and down the stairs to...More

Thank Scott A
Reviewed 14 September 2017

The Tampa Bay History Center is a wonderful place to spend some time learning about Tampa and the state of Florida. Most people are amazed at our origins and the ingenuity of the people living here over the years. I am looking forward to a...More

Thank DeeDee3579
Reviewed 11 September 2017

This was a disappointing experience. The collections range from the inadequate to the bizarre! No display was adequately presented with enough artifacts and the lighting was the worst I have ever seen in a museum. Many descriptive signs were almost impossible to read because the...More

Thank RutlandTreeman
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We went for my husbands birthday. We liked what they had, we just expected so much more. We went through the whole museum in about an hour and a half. We were still glad we went. We had lunch outside at the Columbia cafe and...More

Thank soccereberhard
Reviewed 31 August 2017

I think the price is really expensive for such a boring museum. It was not worth it to me at all. Spent about 30 minutes and was out.

Thank yanelis2012
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21 October 2017|
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Response from DeeDee3579 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The exhibit is now scheduled to open in January 2018, partially as a result of our active hurricane season. I am beyond excited and hope you visit it, too!
20 December 2016|
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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.