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Tampa Bay History Center

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Address: 801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
Phone Number: 813-228-0097
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Experience 12,000 years of powerful stories at the Tampa Bay History...

Experience 12,000 years of powerful stories at the Tampa Bay History Center. During your journey, you will stroll through a 1920s-era cigar store, row up the Hillsborough River, ride along with a cattle drive and learn about the early exploration of Florida. This waterfront building, with an eclectic Museum Store and the signature Columbia Cafe, is a memorable experience for families, history enthusiasts, Tampa area natives and beyond.

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The Hillsborough County Public Library System has a pass for four (4) people that can be checked out by Hills. Co. residents. I took my daughter to the HIstory Center because I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Paul S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Hillsborough County Public Library System has a pass for four (4) people that can be checked out by Hills. Co. residents. I took my daughter to the HIstory Center because I didn't think she had been. As it turns out, she had gone there on a school field trip. Anyway, the museuam is very nice and has some cool... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very well presented history of the history of Tampa. Displays were beautifully done, informative and interesting. Most visitors to Florida don not know much, if anything, about it's rich history, this is a great place to learn about one of Florida's most dynamic and interesting cities. Top your visit off with a lunch at the Columbia Cafe on-site and you'll... More 

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Wellington, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a few hour walk throughout here, it is very nice especially considering the type of architecture and buildings. Many great coffee shops, stores and restaurants. Definitely recommended .

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for a great trip for the family that will help them learn about the heritage of Tampa Bay? Look no further than the Tampa Bay History Museum. With some permanent and some evolving displays, you will gain a clear picture of the economic and cultural history of the region. A cheerful gift shop with some unique, local crafts, books... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would recommend going here and learning all about Tampa it has a lot of history . It's very interesting and enjoyable . I would 100% recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the time we were greeted by a nice museum representative who was kind enough to hold my umbrella why we toured their history center, to all of the historical display which were most interesting, I would say this was one of the highlights of our trip to Florida. I hope to return to see this "Tampa Bay" treasure in... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a delightful small museum detailing the history of Tampa. They have both static displays and film clips you activate. Fortunately I had the museum to myself-no unruly kids! I learned a lot about the cigar industry which was fascinating. There was a small amount of information on native Americans . I would have liked much more. All of... More 

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Blakeslee, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good museum explaining how the Tampa area evolved. Not as big inside as it appears from the outside. Worth a visit for a couple of hours.

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My introduction to the history of Tampa began when I was buying my ticket and the helpful guy at the desk, Ryan, gave me a mini history lesson as he went over the visitor's guide. This is a very attractive museum with lots of good information. I liked the mini film clips and the longer movies (like 10-12 minutes). I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

If you are a history buff, this is the place for you.Off the beaten path for some visitors, but def worth the time to check it out.

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