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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602
813-228-0097
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Ranked #14 of 92 Attractions in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tallahassee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Are you a history buff? Do you like finding out about interesting, unusual and significant pieces of history? All done well? Then this history center might be right up your alley! I take my girlfriend out on regular adventures...and she loves history...so thought I would take her here. Didn't know much about the place. Just that it was kinda hidden... More

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This was a beautiful museum that even included its own restaurant inside, a really nice and affordable gift shop w/ a wide variety, and friendly staff! Bring your camera, but be sure to turn the flash off, so as not to ruin any artifacts due to their age). I was mostly interested in the Native American part of it, however,... More

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Loved the variety of displays and variety of educational mediums, Did not like the gift shop would have been helpful to have restrooms on all floors

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Valrico, Florida
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78 reviews 78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The gentlemen that narrate for you are very educated on their Tampa/Florida history. I enjoyed listening to them speak. The map exhibit of Florida through the centuries is definitely worth checking out on the top floor. When you get hungry I highly recommend grabbing a bite from the mini version of the Colombia Restaurant inside. The bar makes for an... More

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Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Displays as colorful as the city's past, this museum gives Tampa the back up it so rightly deserves as a city. The combined influences of immigrants and settlers to the area are given their due, and clarifies the rich culture that Tampa has in the history of the State. Restaurant on site, truly allows for a taste of Tampa.

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Spring Hill, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We took in the new temporary exhibit "Spirited: Prohibition in America" at the Tampa Bay History Center. We spent two+ hours in that exhibit but ran out of time as the museum was closing at 5:00 PM. I need more time at that exhibit! It was absolutely informative and fun, and a great learning experience for all. I learned so... More

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Tavares, Florida
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230 reviews 230 reviews
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I've been here twice now and have thoroughly enjoyed it both times. It's a beautiful facility right on the Riverwalk. The displays are nicely done. Learning about my favorite city without feeling like I'm in a classroom. The staff is super friendly. They have amazing temporary exhibits. The last being the art of the Florida Highwaymen. Paintings from all of... More

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Tampa, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a great place to go to learn about florida past. It is very interesting. A good place to eat is the Columbia Cafe just inside to History Center before starting your visit. The meatloaf sandwich is to die for. Its an all day affair for us.

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Wimauma, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Very interesting, informative place. Varied exhibits and very colorful. We moved to the Tampa area about a year ago. This museum gave us a good general sense of the history of tampa bay. Glad we revisited. Having the Columbia restaurant in the museum was a definite bonus.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I am a 3rd generation native...this is very well done and worth a visit. Get a good look at the history of Tampa !

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