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Tampa Bay History Center

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

My husband and I went to this history center for the special exhibit of Florida souvenirs. It was... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2016
Tampa, Florida
via mobile
Beautiful "Contemporary" History Museum

We had one hour to spend in the museum and although we could have spent much more time we learned a... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2016
Saint Louis, Missouri
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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.
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  • 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 21 April 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went to this history center for the special exhibit of Florida souvenirs. It was very interesting and to see how Tampa and other Florida locations use to look like or exist back in the day. The second floor had a military...More

Thank DebAlex54
Reviewed 21 April 2016

We had one hour to spend in the museum and although we could have spent much more time we learned a great deal about Tampa history and Florida in general. The films were interactive with a combination of audio/visual and life-size portrayals. Nice café and...More

Thank jstoked2015
Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

The museum has two floors of permanent exhibits and third floor with temporary exhibits. There are several short movies. It gives a good overview of the history of the area. I'd allow at least 1-1/2 hours, more if you love history. It is not as...More

Thank GiddyupBorzoi
Reviewed 13 April 2016

I loved the Tampa bay history center! It is a new-ish museum in the lovely new river walk area. The museum goes from Native American and prehistoric times to modern immigration and the history of Tampa. It's a lovely afternoon for adults or family's. The...More

Thank LaurenP2988
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Very well thought out museum of Florida culture. Visually stunning inside. The first floor holds the best exhibits with one audio/visual presentation that is up to Disney standards (tracing a specific Seminole War story) Second floor has some great areas for kids with areas on...More

Thank Bannatyne
Reviewed 24 March 2016

This is a very focused museum located on the Tampa River Walk. Most of the exhibits are small, several are centered around video displays. It is a blend of older Tampa history and more current events We were fortunate in securing 2 for 1 tickets,...More

Thank PanamaDon
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Visited here last week with preteen son. Start your tour with the short movie about Tampa history. The exhibits are on two floors with an exhibition space on the third. Some of the exhibits are really fun, like the saddles on springs that you can...More

Thank BooKat
Reviewed 20 March 2016

As a Tampa native I am proud of the Tampa Bay History Center. It is informative and interesting and always has new additions to the collection to keep you coming back. We have attended several of the special presentations and are impressed with the quality...More

Thank SandyR326
Reviewed 18 March 2016

We were unsure about visiting but as soon as we walked in, we were welcomed and a very knowledgeable young lady told us about many of the things to see. She was a delight and such a contrast to the more usual dummy taking the...More

Thank Martin H
Reviewed 15 March 2016

This is a first-rate history museum, and the floor devoted to the early Florida Native Americans is well done, from the displays to the interactive media presentation to the excellent docents.

Thank CSK2
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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.