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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602
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Ranked #12 of 59 Attractions in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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.

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Clearwater, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

What a great museum. Living here all this time I learned so much more about the history of Tampa Bay very informative and fun. Thanks we lost track of the time we enjoyed it so much.

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Tampa, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I visited Tampa Bay History Center on a free day sponsored by Smithsonian Institute. This happens each year in September, so you may want to check it out on the Smithsonian website. The Tampa Bay History Center is in a beautiful building between Channelside and the Convention Center. I parked in the hourly parking near the Convention Center and it... More

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San Diego, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

It took us 20 minutes to cover 2 floors of this exhibition. Too boring, too short...at least for me and my wife. Maybe someone else find this educational, but not for me...sorry

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

My husband and I (both Tampa natives) recently visited the Tampa Bay History Center to see the traveling exhibit on prohibition - We were VERY impressed by the entire center. Very classy, well-done - liked the areas that gave children a "hands-on" experience thru-out. Can't wait to take our grandchildren - will definitely visit again!

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Are you a history buff? Do you like finding out about interesting, unusual and significant pieces of history? All done well? Then this history center might be right up your alley! I take my girlfriend out on regular adventures...and she loves history...so thought I would take her here. Didn't know much about the place. Just that it was kinda hidden... More

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This was a beautiful museum that even included its own restaurant inside, a really nice and affordable gift shop w/ a wide variety, and friendly staff! Bring your camera, but be sure to turn the flash off, so as not to ruin any artifacts due to their age). I was mostly interested in the Native American part of it, however,... More

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Loved the variety of displays and variety of educational mediums, Did not like the gift shop would have been helpful to have restrooms on all floors

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Valrico, Florida
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83 reviews 83 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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Boston, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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