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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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Great place to learn about Florida history

When you visit, be sure to see all the theatre presentations. It will make the history of Florida all more meaningful. And…be sure to eat the the Columbia cafe.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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tampa, United States
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tampa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

When you visit, be sure to see all the theatre presentations. It will make the history of Florida all more meaningful. And…be sure to eat the the Columbia cafe.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very well curated, interactive exhibits. Lots for the younger folks to do (ride a "horse" while learning about cattle ranching in Florida, sit in a "container" as you learn about shipping at the port of Tampa, etc.). There is usually a very creative and interesting rotating exhibit as well (astronauts' space suits through the years, celebration of Peanuts' anniversary, pirates... More 

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TAMPA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Interesting, professionally displayed museum. Great little restaurant on site with good prices and excellent food. Wonderful way to spend a quite afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I loved the thought put into not only the content but the presentation of the material. To me, the history was enough but my younger cousin went in thinking he would be bored. We ended up having to pull him out as we lost track of time. There is a lot more to Tampa's history than meets the eye and... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

A lot of thought went into this place. The permanent exhibits are very interesting, with info presented in lots different ways via movies, audio, visual art, and interactive media. It is a beautiful facility, very clean and well-kept, even stuff for the kids to do (a pioneer cabin, motorized saddles for them to ride in front of the cattle industry... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

What history they did provide was interesting, but I felt there were gaps. They seemed to just display basic highlights rather than giving a thorough history of the area. But that might be just be me. My degree is in American History, so I'm always looking for details. Otherwise, they provided an excellent general Cliff notes type overview. The restaurant... More 

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

Get yourself a cup of Cuban Coffee to sip while you contemplate the natural and man made good old days of ol' Tampa Bay. Go early before it opens or a couple hours before closing and walk the river front before/after your visit. BTW: If you walk around the bend to the Marriott Waterside Hotel there's a bike rental place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I've been to the TBHC a few times and each exhibit is wonderful and rich in content. The American Indian heritage portions are deep in meaning and we should all go to appreciate the founders of our state.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

As a new resident of Tampa, I learned a lot about the area after a visit to the History Center. There is a cafe run by the Colombia Restaurant that makes a perfect lunch or early dinner after a visit to the history center.

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This museum looks small from the outside but there is so much to see on the inside! Great regular exhibits and some great travelling exhibits as well!

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Additional Information about Tampa Bay History Center

Address: Address: 801 Old Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone Number: 813-228-0097
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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