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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Excellent exhibits

You can easily spend 3 hours in this museum. There are 3 floors to explore and we appear to have... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2016
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
A Must See

Whether you live in the area, or are here visiting, this is a good place to visit. Very... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2016
Michelle W
Tampa, Florida
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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 26 February 2016

You can easily spend 3 hours in this museum. There are 3 floors to explore and we appear to have the museum to ourselves. The start of Tampa history has been well documented. The cigar industry and native indian histories were very interesting. We visited...More

1  Thank warboys
Reviewed 22 February 2016

Whether you live in the area, or are here visiting, this is a good place to visit. Very interesting, and in a beautiful setting. Get out of the sun for a while, and take a relaxed tour.

1  Thank Michelle W
Reviewed 21 February 2016

Very interesting, worth seeing if you're in the area. The short movies add to the package. Gives a person a better sense of what took place in earlier times.

Thank tdammen
Reviewed 19 February 2016

Full Disclosure: I've spent a lot of time in a lot of state and city museums. I was looking forward to visiting the Tampa Bay History Center. The restaurant at the museum is great and the gift store is adequate. It's the museum itself that...More

Thank CelticRambler
Reviewed 17 February 2016

Why haven't we visited this center (sooner) when we have lived in Tampa for a number of years? Answer: Our mistake! While not a big museum it has a nice variety of exhibits. And the location, the location is wonderful! We bought a family membership...More

1  Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Spent a couple of hours here yesterday with two teen boys during our pre cruise weekend Very well done museum especially the movies Highly recommended to appreciate the history of the area And Columbia Cafe is great

Thank FourUpstate
Reviewed 13 February 2016

We were lucky to get the free parking in the blue lot. The two films could have provided a lot more history of the area besides the Native American story. The films at the Ybor city Information Center and Plant Museum provided more information about...More

Thank Darrell Anne D
Reviewed 13 February 2016

The museum is defined by it's use of sophisticated multimedia exhibits and displays and it's extensive use of different scale diorama's. It's a worthwhile visit that takes a broad brush approach to describing Tampa history. We were surprised to see the amount of exhibit space...More

1  Thank B D
Reviewed 11 February 2016

If you are at all interested in the history of South-Central Florida, this museum provides a pretty comprehensive view fm the early archeology, native Americans, the Spanish explorations & influence right up to the present. It also devoted a good amount of space to the...More

Thank dwh6776
Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place but I found the docent to be sharp and short tempered with the students. The two movies we watch made me feel browbeaten for been Anglo-Saxon. What a drag!

Thank Leona M
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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.