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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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A History Lovers Delight

Tampa Bay History Museum has been on our "to do list" for quite awhile. We're glad we finally made... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Edward O
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Sarasota, Florida
A great way to escape the heat and learn about Tampa Bay at the same time

The center makes the history of the area more interesting by focusing on a few select topics... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
drndorsey
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Redding, Connecticut
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Set sail with explorers and pirates in the History Center's Treasure Seekers gallery, journey through the everglades with Florida Seminoles, ride along with a cattle drive, and roam the brick streets of Ybor City with immigrant cigar rollers. Located on the Tampa Riverwalk, the Tampa Bay History Center features three floors of interactive exhibits, theaters and displays, a museum store and waterfront dining at the Columbia Cafe.
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  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Tampa Bay History Museum has been on our "to do list" for quite awhile. We're glad we finally made time because, it was not only a fascinating and truthful presentation of Tampa and Southwest Florida history (Ancient Indians, Seminole, Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Pirates, Cigars, Sports,...More

Thank Edward O
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The center makes the history of the area more interesting by focusing on a few select topics - pirates, the cigar and citrus industries, the success of the shipping industry, and Tampa during the World Wars. There are several interactive displays which appeal to younger...More

Thank drndorsey
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to this museum a few times. I absolutely love history that is showcased from early Florida through the ages! They do an interesting Halloween event for the kids every year. They also have a number of guest speakers that are very interesting....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here because we just moved to Tampa and found out this was a Blue Star museum (free admission for military in the summer). We love history so decided to try it for a few hours. Lots of history about Tampa (lots of history...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Tampa Bay History Center is a hidden gem on Tampa’s Riverwalk. Exhibits are second to none- informative, beautiful, interactive. Highly recommend. The gift shop attached to the museum is excellent. And lunch at the Columbia Restaurant should not be missed:).

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a 16 year resident of Tampa, I admit I waited too long to visit this gem! It’s a highly interactive museum great for families or couples, locals or visitors. We’re not typically big museum goers but we spent over 2 hours here and enjoyed...More

1  Thank Melinda M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is quite a bit in this museum - native Americans, European colonizers, cigar making, and more recent Tampa history. And there is a neat pirate exhibit that should appeal to the children. Until July 31 there is also a US flag exhibit that is...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently, Lynn and I and a neighbor couple visited the Tampa History Center. We have been there several times. Our neighbors were there for their first time. Please use your GPS to get there. The Ybor and Channelside area is a mess currently with massive...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We think that the location and Seminole Indian and Cigar Industry exhibit make it a must-see for adults. I think that some areas like the third floor and the pirate ship on the fourth floor were more for children which is very good especially if...More

Thank John M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came over the area to check out any changes since our visit 10 years ago. A lot has changed to the good and the Tampa Bay History Center was an excellent stop. The facility is well kept, very accessible and full of exhibits about...More

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orlandogal22
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!
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epkemp
20 December 2016|
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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.
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