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Tampa Bay History Center

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Lots to learn about Tampa history!

We visited the History Center during a mini staycation. The day we were there, customers of Bank... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
One of Top Highlights of Tampa Vacation

Extremely informative history center with interesting interactive displays using a variety of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Camille L
Burnsville, Minnesota
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Set sail with explorers and pirates in the History Center's Treasure Seekers gallery, journey through the everglades with Florida Seminoles, ride along with a cattle drive, and roam the brick streets of Ybor City with immigrant cigar rollers...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the History Center during a mini staycation. The day we were there, customers of Bank of America were provided free access, which was a bonus we had not anticipated. Very nice exhibits and plenty of space to get around, spending as much or...More

Thank FLGirl47
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely informative history center with interesting interactive displays using a variety of media. Welcoming and knowledgeable staff. On top floor, surprisingly panaramic views of Tampa with cooling breeze. Finally, satellite site of Columbia Restaurant served table prepared tasty salad, and the delicious Key lime pie...More

1  Thank Camille L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At first glance Tampa Bay History Center looks like a office building, but there is more than exterior. Located in Downtown Tampa, by the riverwalk and Amelie Center, the history museum is a good addition to your itinerary, when visiting Tampa. The museum chronicles Tampa's...More

1  Thank Josue C
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Return visit for us. Nicely maintained - clean, neat and interesting exhibits. The brand new pirate exhibit was our favorite. Go first thing in the morning and then enjoy lunch at the Colombia Cafe.

Thank OriginalFrau
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

This was a very nice visit. The museum was nicely laid out and enjoyable. The pirate display made all us feel like kids again. And with the Columbia snake we were able to enjoy a nice meal. The only draw back was parking but we...More

Thank William R
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

Stopped by after a cruise. The museum explained what happened to the natives in a very engaging way. This museum is great for adults and kids. The three main films are well done. Don’t miss the top floor. The restaurant is great too. Skip the...More

Thank kwgoes
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Tampa Bay History Museum has been on our "to do list" for quite awhile. We're glad we finally made time because, it was not only a fascinating and truthful presentation of Tampa and Southwest Florida history (Ancient Indians, Seminole, Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Pirates, Cigars, Sports,...More

2  Thank Edward O
Reviewed July 29, 2018

The center makes the history of the area more interesting by focusing on a few select topics - pirates, the cigar and citrus industries, the success of the shipping industry, and Tampa during the World Wars. There are several interactive displays which appeal to younger...More

Thank drndorsey
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

We have been to this museum a few times. I absolutely love history that is showcased from early Florida through the ages! They do an interesting Halloween event for the kids every year. They also have a number of guest speakers that are very interesting....More

Thank wendys74
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

We came here because we just moved to Tampa and found out this was a Blue Star museum (free admission for military in the summer). We love history so decided to try it for a few hours. Lots of history about Tampa (lots of history...More

1  Thank ZMom777
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October 20, 2017|
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Response from DeeDee3579 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The exhibit is now scheduled to open in January 2018, partially as a result of our active hurricane season. I am beyond excited and hope you visit it, too!
December 19, 2016|
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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.