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Ybor City State Museum

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Address: 1818 Ninth Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605
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The Tampa enclave's colorful history unfolds here.

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Interesting little museum

This museum was more interesting that I thought it would be! Lots of historical information about how the Ybor City was created. They even have two wood fire grills on display... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Nashville, TN
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Nashville, TN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum was more interesting that I thought it would be! Lots of historical information about how the Ybor City was created. They even have two wood fire grills on display which were huge. We left with a much better understanding of the roots of this really neat little neighborhood.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a delightful afternoon in the museum, it is a wealth of information beautifully presented for all ages. We were lucky enough to be there when Wally was talking about his experience making a 200' cigar to become the Guinness record holder. His plaque and pictures are in the lobby. Kids might be fascinated with the wood fired bread... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have lived in the Tampa Bay area for over 30 years and have only learned about Tampa's (Ybor City specifically) history. I have spent plenty of nights partying down in Ybor but now can appreciate the rich culture that Cubans, Spanish, Italians, Germans, and Jews brought to Ybor. As a lover of Cuban sandwiches, its interesting that the Cuban... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting. You watch a 20 min. Video that explains the history, different cultures, cigars making. Nice point of interest displays. Tour of shot gun house. Very pretty.

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Osprey, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A good place to start before touring the area. Explains how the community was settled in a multi-cultural way, very fascinating. Also an explanation of cigar making and how much that meant to the history of Tampa. Very informative and caring staff.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little gem of a history museum gives you the background of how the area was developed and, even more interesting to me, how the multi-cultural society provided healthcare to it's residents. I was fortunate to get the VIP treatment with a tour by local legend Dr. Wallace Reyes. You get to see a portion of his Guinness World Record... More 

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Dominica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to the Ybor City State Museum! The museum is housed in an old bread bakery, the original floors and massive ovens can still be seen. They have a wealth of information (mainly text displays) including a movie and Cigar Worker Casita. The movie was very informative. The museum displays document the history including people, places and... More 

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Dundas, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very informative museum, definitely the place to start if it is your 1st visit to the area. Learned so much of the history. then took a walk around the area. Museum staff & volunteers were excellent.

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

I would recommend a stop here before visiting the old city area as you'll get a good introduction to the history and background of the immigrant workers and their conditions. Entry is $4pp and includes a Docent tour of one of the Casita houses just next door. There's a 20min introductory video presentation but I felt the experience would be... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

This museum is a great add-on to a day exploring Ybor City, as it can be perused easily in under an hour. The informational film is not to be missed as it contains many historic photographs not otherwise readily available, and the narration provides a helpful overview of the history of the city. Overall a short but pleasant experience, and... More 

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