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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 nice afternoon

This is an excellent museum with interesting and entertaining exhibits. My friend and I were surprised to learn many new things about the area and its history. We had groupon... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Barbara M
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Westland, Michigan, United States
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Westland, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent museum with interesting and entertaining exhibits. My friend and I were surprised to learn many new things about the area and its history. We had groupon tickets making it much more reasonably priced and took advantage of the free parking pass by using the blue lot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I am a native Floridian and I thoroughly enjoyed this place. I wish I had more been able to really take my time, but I was personally in a hurry and it was not the museum's fault. Go when you have the time to go through it slow. When you purchase your ticket, be sure and get your $5 parking... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent museum of the history of the Tampa Bay area. The exhibits are very informative and complete. There is a movie about the first Spanish settlers. Other exhibits bring you up to the present day. The Columbia restaurant in the lobby is great. The setting along the river is nice for a walk and enjoying the sun.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

gorgeous modern museum well worth a visit, interactive design and just a spectacular building,, don't miss it

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice building and great Columbia Restaurant but the place is impossible to get to due to the sports arena next door-literally! If you can get there prepare to pay $5 to over $20 to park plus admission to the museum. Even though it is called a county museum it seems to cater to a certain crowd and not the outside... More 

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Manny L, Public Relations Manager at Tampa Bay History Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Tampa Bay History Center, and thank you for taking the time to post a review. Your input is important, and will help us to improve the museum experience for future visitors. On your next visit, please note that parking in the Amalie Arena Blue Lot (Directly next door to the History Center) is free for... More 

Moscow
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

It was nice to visit, but the information is somehow not complete. You only get a slight idea of the history of the area. It us not worth the money.

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Millersburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I really liked the layout of this museum ... how they displayed things and the films. One exhibit felt like I was in a Disney World attraction. The volunteers were extremely friendly and helpful in steering us toward certain things to see. On the 2nd floor I was amazed at a WWII sub and the story behind it. I never... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Very nice museum. This a good way to spend a few hours. We had our admission tickets through Groupon and I'm glad we did, because the admission price is a bit steep for this place. There were a lot of kids here and they were very noisily bored. There is a Columbia Restaurant in the museum, but since we were... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

There's not much more to write that the previous reviewers haven't written. It's more comprehensive than I expected, given the size. Admission is not too bad and the people who work there are nice. In line with the recent Gasparilla, there is a temporary pirate exhibit. There is a Columbia Cafe there, so you know at the very least you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This museum gives a very interesting overview of the history of the Tampa Bay area. It's easy to forget how diverse this area is and this venue is a great showcase for the community. The "Cigar City" exhibit, which traces the history and legacy of the Ybor City cigar industry, is a real standout. My only criticism is that on... More 

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