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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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An Enjoyable Visit

Small and compact, but full of the rich history of Tampa. Especially like the cigar section and eating at the Columbia Cafe.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
KarenH442014
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Small and compact, but full of the rich history of Tampa. Especially like the cigar section and eating at the Columbia Cafe.

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Tampa, Florida
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Lots of space to wander in, with room between exhibits that borders on cavernous. An excellent history of Tampa (just as the name says), but the information is a bit thin (half the space is taken up by Spanish translations). Would i make a special trip? No. If I was nearby would I stop? Probably. Good for teens and adults.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Museum film presentations are outstanding and suitable for both children & adults. I think many people do not get this great an opportunity to see displays & films focusing on Florida! Price was fair & was a nice cafe to rest & have lunch. One of the best days we spent in Tampa!

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Westland, Michigan, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is an excellent museum with interesting and entertaining exhibits. My friend and I were surprised to learn many new things about the area and its history. We had groupon tickets making it much more reasonably priced and took advantage of the free parking pass by using the blue lot.

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57 reviews 57 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I am a native Floridian and I thoroughly enjoyed this place. I wish I had more been able to really take my time, but I was personally in a hurry and it was not the museum's fault. Go when you have the time to go through it slow. When you purchase your ticket, be sure and get your $5 parking... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is an excellent museum of the history of the Tampa Bay area. The exhibits are very informative and complete. There is a movie about the first Spanish settlers. Other exhibits bring you up to the present day. The Columbia restaurant in the lobby is great. The setting along the river is nice for a walk and enjoying the sun.... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

gorgeous modern museum well worth a visit, interactive design and just a spectacular building,, don't miss it

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Has changing exhibits but most cater to a select group and most of Hillsborough County is never represented, even though it is a county museum! Good lectures but it is literally impossible to park to go to the museum when (often) events are going on across the street at the sports center. Prepare to pay a minimum of $5 and... More 

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Moscow
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

It was nice to visit, but the information is somehow not complete. You only get a slight idea of the history of the area. It us not worth the money.

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Millersburg, Ohio
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I really liked the layout of this museum ... how they displayed things and the films. One exhibit felt like I was in a Disney World attraction. The volunteers were extremely friendly and helpful in steering us toward certain things to see. On the 2nd floor I was amazed at a WWII sub and the story behind it. I never... More 

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