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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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Gain Understanding of Bay Area’s History & Cultures!

Two films (15-minutes each); exhibits covering history of the Seminole and arrival of the Spanish... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Everything you'd ever want to know about Tampa

Great museum that provides a complete view into the history of the Tampa area. Everything from... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Orlando, Florida
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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
801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two films (15-minutes each); exhibits covering history of the Seminole and arrival of the Spanish; model cigar store and exhibit on cigar factories; exhibit on culture of area (eg, sports, housing, markets); pirate exhibit; craft brewery exhibit through Labor Day; contemporary building overlooking waterfront. Cafe...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Walklightly_12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum that provides a complete view into the history of the Tampa area. Everything from geography to cigars. Interactive displays and hands on exhibits add to the level of engagement and enjoyment while learning a fascinating story. There are 3 movies on various topics...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank pmp544
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect place to discover Tampa!!!!! Have lunch at the Columbia inside the center and then stroll thru Tampa History. Learn about about Cigar making and cattle drives. A must!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mooshe31
Reviewed July 17, 2019

If you want to discover the history of how Tampa evolved, this is a good place to come. I wanted to give it a good rating but there isn't one and apart from the historical displays, I wouldn't rate it as very good. There were...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank David S
Reviewed July 7, 2019

A must to learn of Tampa's rich and interesting history. The exhibits are very interesting and very well laid out. It is especially fun for kids with many interaction exhibits, plus hands-on exhibits for kids to play with. If you are local. Ask about the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Cadillac_Johnny
Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

We had about 1 1/2 hours to go through the museum, and I wish we had about an hour more time. There are three different levels with informative displays on each floor. They went into the history of the cigar industry in Tampa, as well...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank arienne410
Reviewed July 5, 2019 via mobile

I can’t speak to the content of the museum as we never got in the door. We had purchased what was supposed to be a reciprocal museum membership with this museum listed as free, but when we arrived were told it would only get us...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank jandblair
Reviewed June 23, 2019 via mobile

The museum is quite well put together and very informative. Learned a lot about Tampa and Florida’s history dating from Native Americans all the way to present day. The interactive maps and other exhibits were very cool.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank louisf777
Reviewed June 22, 2019

Anyone visiting these exhibits will be impressed by the amount of information provided and the interesting way it is shown. The layout is very modern and colourful. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Paul56andBrian59
Reviewed June 18, 2019

They have short, informative videos and dioramas to watch along the way. Take in all three floors - you have the choice of taking stairs or an elevator. The history of the Tampa area is covered very well from war times to prehistoric times and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank William E
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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.