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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602
813-228-0097
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Ranked #12 of 90 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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Wimauma, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Very interesting, informative place. Varied exhibits and very colorful. We moved to the Tampa area about a year ago. This museum gave us a good general sense of the history of tampa bay. Glad we revisited. Having the Columbia restaurant in the museum was a definite bonus.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

I am a 3rd generation native...this is very well done and worth a visit. Get a good look at the history of Tampa !

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My husband is a history buff so we always try to check out the local history museums wherever we go. We thoroughly enjoyed this one. Beautiful building, extremely well done video displays, and a wonderful display of art by the Highwaymen that just happened to be there at this time. Well worth the time to take it in. Easy to... More

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FORT WALTON BEACH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Large, beautiful building. Upon entering, go up elevator or stairs to atrium to buy tickets and enter center. Very well laid out and nicely done. Contains some very interesting, unusual displays. Not a hands-on kind of place and there are a lot of things to read. Columbia Cafe in small section of atrium (also seating outside with individual umbrellas). Park... More

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Tampa, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We're Tampa Bay residents and we've visited the Tampa Bay History Center a couple of times, usually with out of town guests. This time was just our immediate family. Our teenage daughter found it interesting to learn of the many faces of Tampa Bay. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to explore a Tampa in the comfort of A/C.... More

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Tampa, Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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
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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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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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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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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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