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Ybor City State Museum

1818 Ninth Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605 (Historic Ybor)
813-247-1434
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Ranked #37 of 89 attractions in Tampa
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Gardens, Parks
Activities: Leisure education
Description: The Tampa enclave's colorful history unfolds here.
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Orlando, Florida
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109 reviews 109 reviews
34 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The Ybor City Museum offers visitors a glimpse of the past. The museum has three parts: a historic Casita (a cigar worker's home), a museum with changing exhibits (while we were there there was a special section in the influence of baseball), and a movie that shares the history of the area (the immigrants, the influence of cigar making and... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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95 reviews 95 reviews
46 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The history of the cigar industry shows why Tampa was called Cigar City USA....The story of the Cuban, Italian, and German immigrants that made Ybor City buzz...

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73 reviews 73 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is small local museum focused on the heyday of cigar manufacturing in Ybor. The displays are informative but not interactive and provide a good history of the cigar industry. There is a short movie that you need to go next store to the gift shop to see. There is also a short visit to one of the workers houses.... More

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Dover, Massachusetts
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96 reviews 96 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Our walking tour which was led by Wallace Reyes began and ended at the Ybor City Museum. After watching a documentary which was actually produced under the guidance of our tour guide we learned a bit more about the actually communities that made up Ybor City, Wally brought to life many of the facts we saw in the film as... More

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Dover, Massachusetts
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96 reviews 96 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Who knew that Ybor City was a planned community evolved around the cigar manufacturing industry? We learned so much about the logistics of this area in a fascinating 2 hour tour by Wallace Reyes, tour guide extraordinaire. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history and people that comprised the working community and culture of this oasis of downtown Tampa. I... More

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San Diego
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189 reviews 189 reviews
95 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This museum deals only with the history of the cigar industry in Ybor City and the people who worked in it. After you tour the museum, the ranger takes you thru a furnished replica of a typical home the workers lived in. We spent a little over an hour there and found it very interesting and informative. Once you finish,... More

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Nagoya, Japan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

It was my first trip to Tampa, Florida. I went there with a group of other people. The museum tells the history of people of that came to Florida and worked at Cigar factories. It has a good collection of antiques from that era. It also gives an insight into how migrants came to live about in Florida, how the... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

To get any real appreciation for the culture and architecture that are evident throughout Ybor City, you must learn about its origins. This "museum" is actually a complex of a an exhibit center, several preserved early 20th century houses typical of the earliest days of YC, a gift shop/orientation center, and a Cuban style garden/fountain area complete with free ranging... More

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Aurora, Illinois
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

The guide had a great sense of humor and my kids found this museum in Ybor City interesting. We took the trolley and walked the surrounding area.

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Plantation, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

The museum is only $4 and has alot of interesting info about the history of Cigar City. The outside grounds are really nice as well.

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