When I wrote this review, there were 5 other reviews of this attraction on Tripadvisor, of which 4 were very positive and one entitled "little to see", which was relatively negative. In my opinion, I must say that this is one the best "small. local" museums that we have ever been to. Yes, we have been to the Prado, The Hermitage, British Museum, Uffizi Gallery, Smithsonian, Louvre, The Vatican Museum, etc. - and compared to those, this museum is indeed, not in the same class. But it does not aspire to be in that class. What it exhibits, it does extremely well. It covers everything from Native Americans - with two separate interesting and well done video/audio shows - to displays and store re-creations emphasizing the importance of cigar making in the Tampa economy - to sports legends, cowboy roundups and even the vital shipping industry. The museum features many interactive exhibits, theaters, a map gallery and a museum store, We also enjoyed some drinks after the visit at the adjacent Columbia Cafe. The permanent exhibits explore approximately 500 years of recorded history and 12,000 years of human habitation in this region. I feel that it is very well done and worth the visit if you are in the area and would like to learn more about the local history of Tampa and central Florida. I would have loved to have had our Grandson with us for this museum.
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