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Tampa Bay History Center

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Learn about Tampa past and present while taking in beautiful views of the city with this harbor cruise. Your on-board guide tells you all about the Floridian city's history, from pre-colonial times until today. You also get to see a real pirate ship, the Gabriella, up close and personal.
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Bunmaster2014 wrote a review Jan 13
Boca Raton, Florida6,612 contributions898 helpful votes
Tickets can be purchased online. Adults $12.95. And reservations can be made online at that time. I came here, alone, during the week and was able to walk in and pay, without a reservation. Masks required. Not crowded. Multi-floors. There's a cigar exhibit. I don't smoke, so it wasn't relevant to me except in an historical and cultural perspective. There's pirate exhibits, including artifacts from a pirate ship. There's an atrium. On a couple of upper floors you can get an outside panoramic view of parts of the city. I don't know if this place is dog friendly. I didn't see any dogs. Interesting museum. Well worth visiting.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Buick1_36758 wrote a review Dec 2020
Sycamore, Illinois127 contributions23 helpful votes
Definitely an interesting place to visit. The displays have a lot of multimedia information and definitely worth spending some time here. They do require a "reservation". When I was there, I did that the day before and had no problem with it. It did not seem like it was terribly busy at the time of my visit.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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4stevemandy wrote a review Jul 2020
Seal Beach, California5,019 contributions30 helpful votes
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It’s a nice place to learn about the history of the city of Tampa. The museum has some different areas including natural history, cigars and pirates to name a few.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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jcosta003 wrote a review Jul 2020
Tampa16 contributions4 helpful votes
I haven't been to the museum in a while but I do remember I loved it the last time I went. Very informative and also entertaining sets and videos and plaques to read about many different aspects of Florida's history I didn't know about like details about the Seminole Indian wars, etc.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Olde_biL wrote a review Mar 2020
Markham, Canada1,077 contributions88 helpful votes
Our visit to the Tampa Bay History Museum improved our knowledge of the history of Florida and of Tampa Bay. The quality of the exhibits was excellent and many were interactive and suitable for younger museum goers. We chose to to visit the museum on a day between spring training baseball games and were not disappointed. The museum itself begins on the 2nd floor of the dedicated building in which it's housed. The first exhibit encountered is for Florida's first peoples and also addresses 'interactions' with Spanish Conquistadors, the short film is worth viewing. Also from this floor, we enjoyed learning more about the Cigar industry in Tampa and what we took away dove tailed nicely with some of what we learned at the Plant museum earlier. We found the next floor a little less compelling although it does fill in more contemporary aspects of Tampa history. More fun was the floor above this as it concerns privateers and pirates. I got to see if I could remember how to tie some sailing knots and the theater presentation was entertaining even if it's obviously aimed at a younger crowd. BTW, I finally figured out the difference between an Astrolabe and a Sextant. The museum was well worth the couple of hours we invested. We rounded out our trip by enjoying a stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk that begins just outside the building.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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