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“History presented in an exciting way!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tampa Bay History Center

Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602
813-228-0097
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Ranked #12 of 61 Attractions in Tampa
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.
Dayton, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“History presented in an exciting way!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

Tampa Bay History Center is a beautiful facility using movies, intereactive exhibits, and traditional museum exhibits to tell the story of the area. Appreciated the attention to details. Friendly, helpful staff. Really enjoyed the afternoon. Heard the restaurant is excellent, but didn't try it this time.

Visited February 2012
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Tampa, Florida
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“Not your grandma's history!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

Beautiful building in a most interesting part of Tampa, the Channel district, right where it meets up with Harbor Island and Downtown. This is ideal if you're out walking or bike riding, or are relying on local 'STREET CAR" transportation. The food is pretty good inside at the famous Columbia Restaurant concession. This is NOT a museum for a day trip, not even a half day trip. Its something to see to go-inside an be in air conditioning for maybe 2 hours, cool off on a hot day, while waiting to enjoy channelside or waiting on an event nearby. The history is more about cowboys, horses and such, not about all the other things you'd have guessed: cigars, cuba, italians, sports, jai alai, racing, tobacco, minerals, fishing, explorers Like: DeSota, and so on. I rated it 'average' because the experience is just about 'average'. I better enjoyed the history and art outdoors, vs, what a paid ticket lets you see inside.

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Saginaw, Michigan
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Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Interesting museum - good location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012 via mobile

Visited museum recently and found it to be very Informative and organized. Also visited traveling exhibit on 3rd floor. Afternoon well spent.

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Hudson, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A jewel in the crown”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

Didn't know about this museum until reading an article in the newspaper. This is a definite place to bring the kids. Lots of history about where we live.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“good overview of history of the area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

lots of audio-visual presentations; includes native american history; cigar city material, etc

Visited February 2012
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