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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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Great museum - Tampa history and some cigar and craft beer history also!

They have short, informative videos and dioramas to watch along the way. Take in all three floors... read more

Reviewed yesterday
William E
mt pleasant, sc
So Good We Joined

We had such an informative time at this museum that we became annual members to take advantage of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rick M
Bradenton, 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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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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Reviewed yesterday

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had such an informative time at this museum that we became annual members to take advantage of all of the reciprocal agreements and discounted deals with other Florida attractions. It doesn't hurt that one of the Columbia Restaurant Cafes is also in the same...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Rick M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good museum provides area history with interesting exhibits but it was easy to get lost in the maze & sometimes hard to see in a logical order.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Clint D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Tampa Bay History Center features superb interactive exhibits and mini theaters and a very interesting blend of Central Florida History, from the indigenous inhabitants to the early settlers, to the peak of the Tampa Cigar Trade, to the present. My one critique is that...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank DocChesapeake
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to spend Mothers Day at the Tampa Bay History Center and will be investing in the annual membership. There are so many wonderful perks to becoming a member including free entry to museums in other states! Back to my review I highly recommend...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For the past three years, I have been bringing my 4th grade classes to the Tampa Bay History Center. The students study Florida history all year long, and then come here to see artifacts, displays, maps, and countless other pieces of Tampa's history. They Love...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Dee C
Reviewed April 28, 2019

Loved the interactive exhibit about pirates, Anne Bonney and Mary Read. It works well in a pirate-loving town like Tampa.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed April 26, 2019 via mobile

Hit a rainy morning and we needed an indoor activity. We were pleased with this choice, very interesting history of Tampa Bay Area- pirating, Seminoles, cigars, go at your own pace. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank qwrryyu
Reviewed April 22, 2019

Visited the museum with our children (11, 9, 8) to get a sense of the history of the area. The exhibits are high quality. My kids especially enjoyed the Pirate / Treasure Hunter section. There are plenty of interactive exhibits for children. There is a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank JenCav_107
Reviewed April 18, 2019

Myself and my wife went to the Tampa Bay History Center. Parking was very convenient and the Colombian restaurant was very enjoyable.

Date of experience: April 2019
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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.