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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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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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We got here shortly after they opened and walked in just as about 25 fourth graders were listening silently to a presentation by museum employees. We continued to view different... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Daphne, Alabama
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Daphne, Alabama
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186 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We got here shortly after they opened and walked in just as about 25 fourth graders were listening silently to a presentation by museum employees. We continued to view different areas of the museum to avoid them, but they got louder and less supervised and then took over the entire space we were viewing in near silence. The horse saddle... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan on spending a few hours as there is so much to see! The museum covers a wide range of Tampa Bay history and there is a lot of things to read as you move through the 3 floors. The top floor right now has a collection on the early Florida souvenirs, which was quite fun to see. (There is... More 

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Thank Chris H
Minnetonka, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love museums that tell the history of the areas we visit, and this museum did an excellent job. The only problem was limited parking in a very crowded downtown area. But, well worth the visit.

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Thank Ruby H
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The history museum is a very interesting story of old Tampa from the 1800's to today. And DO eat at The Columbia Restaurant inside the museum. It also has an outdoor patio.

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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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423 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit to the History Center was a very enjoyable experience. There are three floors and each one has a unique flavor and story to tell. We found the parking to be fine but were not able to get it free in the blue lot next door due to other things going on in the area. It was $5 to... More 

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Appleton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the section on cigar manufacturing and the special exhibit on Florida. The movie was entertaining as well. We wanted to spend more time on the other exhibits, but were limited due to parking. We were told that we could park in the "blue lot" next to the museum and then get a voucher in the museum so... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is located close to the cruise ship docks and has easy parking facilities. A fine museum with exhibits starting with the natives, the 16th century Spanish explorers encounters with the native Americans through the development of the huge cigar-making industry, cattle-ranching and other industries in Tampa area. Excellent exhibit regarding the Seminoles and Seminole-American wars. Very worthwhile visit!

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Trinity, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The docents that conducted our group were amazing. GREAT exhibits that explain the history of the Tampa area and Florida. Well worth the price. I think I will return many times with friends and family. Close to the Aquarium which is a good attraction too.

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Southport, NC, United States
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum as a whole is very informative and provides a great diversion from the routine Tampa Bay tourist stuff. We particularly enjoyed the two movie theaters and their films presenting the early history of the Tampa Bay region. It is not very expensive, less than $10 per person. It also has an adjoining cafe that was also very enjoyable... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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455 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is first class, well done, clean, bright and beautiful. Not a big museum (which is something I also liked about it), but full of quality items. They have a film-type presentation that was wonderful explaining the Seminole War. I learned many thing here and could recommend it to anyone. 2nd floor was interactive and fun. Even got to "ride... More 

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