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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Madeira Beach, Florida
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Madeira Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

If you want to learn about the Tampa Bay area, its cultures and peoples, this is the place to go. Interesting exhibits about the Tampa cigar manufacturing, Seminole indians, agriculture and local development. I would block out about 2 to 3 hours, depending on your level of interest. Families are welcome.

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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

What a wonderful museum in a great location where you can do other things, including taking the trolley to Ybor City. We enjoyed the Winds of Change Theater Profile was fantastic, and you can lunch right there at the Colombia Cafe! Well worth the entrance fee. Parking is right there beside the museum.

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Tampa, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

It gives you some good perspective on Florida and Tampa Bay history. There is a Columbia Cafe on the first floor so after the museum you can get a great Cuban sandwich.

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Lafayette, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I am a history buff and have been to many museums. TBHC has an impressive variety of video, hologram, map, audio displays to enhance their still displays. If you are interested in the history of TB, you may be surprised at the variety of important contributions of TB: phosphate, cattle, temples, cigars, Seminoles etc

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I went here with my class on a field trip in 2013 (2 years ago) and i enjoyed it very much. It provided many details in depth about American Indians, Spanish Explorers, and the Cigar industry of Tampa. This was a time i will never forget and I will have to come back here sometime to refresh my memory of... More 

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Central FLorida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The museum has two floors. The first is dedicated to the first people in Florida. They have a couple of movie presentations that are well made and interesting, but the displays on this floor are lacking. There's just not many displays of ancient artifacts. The best one was of the little squares of material the modern Indians (Natives) make in... More 

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Gibsonton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I've lived in Tampa for 30 years and just found this place because of a Groupon. The museum displays are done well, it's right on Channelside so make a day of it!

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