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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 92 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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Valrico, Florida
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The gentlemen that narrate for you are very educated on their Tampa/Florida history. I enjoyed listening to them speak. The map exhibit of Florida through the centuries is definitely worth checking out on the top floor. When you get hungry I highly recommend grabbing a bite from the mini version of the Colombia Restaurant inside. The bar makes for an... More

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Displays as colorful as the city's past, this museum gives Tampa the back up it so rightly deserves as a city. The combined influences of immigrants and settlers to the area are given their due, and clarifies the rich culture that Tampa has in the history of the State. Restaurant on site, truly allows for a taste of Tampa.

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Spring Hill, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We took in the new temporary exhibit "Spirited: Prohibition in America" at the Tampa Bay History Center. We spent two+ hours in that exhibit but ran out of time as the museum was closing at 5:00 PM. I need more time at that exhibit! It was absolutely informative and fun, and a great learning experience for all. I learned so... More

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Tavares, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I've been here twice now and have thoroughly enjoyed it both times. It's a beautiful facility right on the Riverwalk. The displays are nicely done. Learning about my favorite city without feeling like I'm in a classroom. The staff is super friendly. They have amazing temporary exhibits. The last being the art of the Florida Highwaymen. Paintings from all of... More

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a great place to go to learn about florida past. It is very interesting. A good place to eat is the Columbia Cafe just inside to History Center before starting your visit. The meatloaf sandwich is to die for. Its an all day affair for us.

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Wimauma, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

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

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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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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