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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 89 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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Tampa, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This museum is still in it growth stage but continues to promise great things to come as it continues to develop its identity. The location is quite nice and will make it an integral part of the City's overall plan. The volunteers really make a difference in bringing the exhibits to life; some actually lived the history of the City... More

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heilbronn
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I am from Tampa and a teacher but I learned so much from this small but well-thought out museum. The exhibits are truly original and focus on aspects of Tampa that are little known. I fully expected a Gasparilla shrine, but there is no mention of it. There are exhibits on the first Europeans, the Native Americans, Ybor City, Agriculture... More

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Temple Terrace, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Every visitor to Tampa should plan a trip to the Tampa Bay History Center. In addition to the interesting and interactive permanent displays, the limited engagement specials are always worth the price of admission. After the tour, stop at the Cafe for great food and enjoy the scenery along the Riverwalk.

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Zephyrhills, Florida
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72 reviews 72 reviews
3 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Loved milling around & learning the local history. Soldiers through history were on hand to talk to visitors. Videos provided more in-depth history of Tampa Bay.

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Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A great museum focussing on the history of the Tampa area. The exhibits are interesting and up to date. Learned lot's of things about Tampa that I didn't know - even though I've lived here 30 years! A beautiful location right on the Tampa Riverwalk. Make sure to grab a bite to eat at the Columbia Cafe (affiliated with the... More

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USA
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111 reviews 111 reviews
22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

There a three floors with movies and exhibits on the history of Tampa as well as other areas of the state. On the day we visited, there were various tables set up, with knowledgable people in period accurate dress covereing the civil war period and beyond.

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Florida
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84 reviews 84 reviews
20 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

No questions asked-one of the best spots in Tampa. A must for anyone who wants to learn about the area and some Florida history. Not terribly exciting for younger children but adults will love it.

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Oxford, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

The museum is small, but has some interesting exhibits. The staff were friendly and helpful. I really enjoyed the temporary exhibit on the Highwaymen artists.

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Great museum! Just the right mix of interactive and traditional text and artifacts. The Cooachocee theater is the best. Loved the map collection too! Very nice staff!

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Lakeland FL
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Tampa Bay History Center is located in a very modern building in the Channelside District of Tampa. It is not very expensive to visit and takes 2-3 hours for a complete tour. The first floor is devoted to early Tampa Bay history and relates the settling of the area and the "relocation" of the Native Americans. It presents a... More

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