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Tampa Bay History Center

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Address: 801 Old Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone Number: 813-228-0097
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Description: Experience 12,000 years of powerful stories at the Tampa Bay History...
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 interesting and exhibits well done.A fabulous cafe for lunch as well.Very near to the streetcar route which you can take down to another historic area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Rochester,NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I spent about 90 minutes wandering through the museum. Interesting, but a better school field trip than a museum for adults. I recommend lunch at the Columbia Cafe if you are hungry. An annex of the Columbia restaurant, it was EXCELLENT food

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Kissimmee, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The Center, located by the River Walk, is interesting, especially the old pictures of old Tampa. It is not expensive. But if you go to the Columbia Cafe, located at the Center, watch for waitress Christina. The restaurant has a lovely view of the river, but bad service. We had had lunch already so we ordered coffee and a pastry.... More 

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Rochester,NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Very interesting and exhibits well done.A fabulous cafe for lunch as well.Very near to the streetcar route which you can take down to another historic area.

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Ocala, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

My family enjoyed this stop. Lots of interesting tidbits of Florida history. Everything from a ballot box from the infamous "hanging Chad" 2000 presidential election to beautiful pirate art. My children loved playing with the train set on the second floor. Good experience for a good price.

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West Hartford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We didn't expect much when we decided to visit one morning while in Tampa, but we were so glad we did! It was a very interesting and unique presentation of the history of Tampa. Great for kids and adults alike. An easy 1-2 hour visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The Tampa Bay History Center is a very well-done and interactive museum, great for kids and adults alike! The temporary exhibit during my visit was on Charles Schulz and Peanuts, and it was great!

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Norwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Displays and different types of presentations were terrific. Dioramas and presentations on Seminole Indians was very educational. Evenhanded history presentations on native Americans, tobacco and the many things that helped develop Tampa were all done with a humble appreciation.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I'm not a huge fan of history centers, but after much convincing I decided to check it out. And it was one of the most enjoyable parts of my trip to Tampa. The location is amazing, the rooms are spacious, and the exhibits are really well done. Interesting and interactive. My favorite parts were the videos. Here are some photos... More 

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Cincinnati, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Staff was excellent and attentive. Cocktail hour was great... drinks were great... options were many... food was delicious... everyone was very accommodating and we had a great time.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Small and compact, but full of the rich history of Tampa. Especially like the cigar section and eating at the Columbia Cafe.

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