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Tampa Bay History Center

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Small but very interesting

We really enjoyed this museum. It was easy to go through the museum and learn the history of Tampa... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great for locals and visitors of all ages

Took out of town visitors to the Tampa Bay History Center. I am not a big museum person but I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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...more
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this museum. It was easy to go through the museum and learn the history of Tampa and Florida. My teens really liked it too. It is in a nice location and you can walk to other attractions, restaurants and entertainment.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took out of town visitors to the Tampa Bay History Center. I am not a big museum person but I really like this place. It's just the right size in my opinion. Not too small, not too big and very well set up. It does...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank HungryEC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Modern and convenient facility with museum spread across multiple levels (elevator access if needed) and several interactive pieces for kids/teens sprinkled in. Rotating/traveling exhibit on Pirates was the highlight for us.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Freezer4Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visit the Bay Area often because we have family there and were looking for something new to do. This museum was a very pleasant surprise. Lots of unique exhibits on the history and culture of the Native populations. Fun displays on Tampa pop culture...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jeanneb472
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a blast with my family on a dreary rainy day! Such a hidden gem. Loved it so much we bought membership passes which are reciprocal with a bunch of other museums!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rsoler616
Reviewed 15 December 2018 via mobile

I visited Tampa and it was pouring so we thought we could spend some time here. I love history and this place had so many things for all ages. There's also a wee wonderful cafe that is not too expensive and the food was wonderful....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Its location is magical—on the Riverwalk, close to major attractions in the Channelside District with the Columbia Cafe at its door, it’s the largest history museum on the west coast of FL. With heavy construction all around, one should park in the garage that services...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Megyeri
Reviewed 8 December 2018

It's a beautiful building, The exhibits are okay, some lacking depth. Wide variety, pirate exhibit, native Americans included. You can forget about free parking on the street, definitely in a garage or street metered parking. About 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PeterHa1
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Spent over an hour walking the exhibits and very much geared toward children. Few artifacts and lacks in-depth narratives. Also, leaves out key moments in Tampa and Florida history. A great place to stop if you need to get out of the afternoon Florida thunder...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank drew d
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We visited the History Center during a mini staycation. The day we were there, customers of Bank of America were provided free access, which was a bonus we had not anticipated. Very nice exhibits and plenty of space to get around, spending as much or...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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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.