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“WOW! Fantastic map exhibit” 5 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 #14 of 97 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.
Redington Beach, Florida
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“WOW! Fantastic map exhibit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

You have got to go and see their map exhibit showing 500 years of Florida maps. Absolutely enthralling. Laid out by each century and a small plaque to tell you what you are looking at. This is the best map exhibit I have ever seen. Thankyou for displaying it.

Visited October 2013
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“Informative museum on history of Tampa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

Very informative about early settlement of Tampa. Particularly enjoyed the map exhibit - Charting the Land of Flowers.

Visited September 2013
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“Spent an enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

morning exploring the History Center. We where there for two hours and did not see everything. The two short presentations were very educational and made me want to learn more about the Seminole wars. Will go back again on our next visit to Tampa

Visited September 2013
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Houston
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“Impressive immersion theater production”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

You can really acquire a great deal of knowledge about the Tampa history in that center. Everything is well displayed and easy to review but the most impressive is the immersion theater production which is about the brutal treatment of the Seminoles. It is very well done. Parking is available adjacent to the center and a token will be provided for the $5 parking fee upon the purchase of your ticket to the center. Nice way to spend a few hours!

Visited September 2013
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“Fabulous museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We spent several hours at this museum looking at the exhibits detailing Tampa's history. It begins with the native people in the area and their encounters with the Spanish. There are two films on this floor. The second one is the better of the two and actually has several screens along with displays. This one is about the U.S. Army and it's attempt to control the Seminoles.Following this is an area devoted to the cigar;industry in Tampa. One display has a cigar store along with ads and cigar brands from decades past. Upstairs there are more displays and history about Tampa. There is an area, along with a film, about the cattle industry. Following this is an area, and another film, about the citrus industry. There is another area about WWII. This museum has so much packed into it that it is impossible to put it all in this review. You'll just have to go there and see for yourself. The place also has a gift shop and cafe.There is parking next to the museum. Be sure and tell the people where you purchase your admission ticket and they will give you a token in order to get out without paying a $5 parking fee.

Visited September 2013
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