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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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This History Center gives across the idea that it is beyond amazing. It is in a massive, gorgeous building along the waterfront. It is partnered with the Smithsonian and does have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Royersford, Pennsylvania
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Royersford, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This History Center gives across the idea that it is beyond amazing. It is in a massive, gorgeous building along the waterfront. It is partnered with the Smithsonian and does have quite an impressive collection of artifacts. But the history is specific to the Tampa Bay area, and has a heavy emphasis on the American Indian history of the area.... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

History Center has a great location in downtown Tampa. Beautiful area and nice and clean. The center was kid friendly and very informative. . .

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The building, a "Green" building is a splendid newer addition to a greatly rejuvenated Tampa. Perched on the water, there are fabulous views from the lobby and the indoor and outdoor restaurants. The first film on the first European contact with the native inhabitants was very good as were the exhibits on Florida Cowboys and on the Port of Tampa.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

On July 18th I took 12 high school students to tour the Tampa Bay History Center. I booked the tour 2 months in advance as I asked them to provide us the tour before their normal opening time and they were most accomodating. The cost of the tour is also very reasonable. We saw a film about Spanish settlers to... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The museum is in excellent condition. Artwork is interesting and very informative. It is centrally located and have student discounts. The personnel was very friendly and courteous.

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

We recently relocated to Tampa and decided to learn about the history of the area. We visited on July 4th and they had a special admission price of $5.00 which was great. There were interesting movies, interactive displays that kids had fun with and on the top floor was a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian. We enjoyed it all and... More 

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We went here with my son at his school field trip and had loads of fun! We had fun riding the humongous elevator! But we especially liked the movies!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Tampa Bay History Center is a multi-storey museum, featuring exhibits about regional history. Dioramas and knowledgeable docents in costume bring the past to life. I was surprised at the number of volunteers on hand to guide visitors through the exhibits. They show real dedication to the museum's mission. We were admitted for just $5 each on a special promotion, and... More 

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

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

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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Additional Information about Tampa Bay History Center

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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