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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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A Variety of Historical Exhibits

Our visit took about an hour because we cut it short when the kids from the museum summer camp were... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Burlington, North Carolina
Worth the trip

We heard on the local news that antique maps were on display so we decided to check it - (look for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carolyn L
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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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  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Our visit took about an hour because we cut it short when the kids from the museum summer camp were released to explore the museum. There was not a lot of supervision of children at that point. Interesting cigar industry history. I enjoyed the cowboy...More

Thank elewis9
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We heard on the local news that antique maps were on display so we decided to check it - (look for discounts - you'll most likely find some) being from Florida I was very impressed and decide to buy a family membership which has lots...More

Thank Carolyn L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It has a perfect location right next to the Riverwalk and the place is huge but I got to see it all even though I arrived about 2 hours before its closing which can tell you how little the museum actually is. I showed my...More

Thank Mariauxi J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Asked attendant and was told we had to park at channelside parking lot, way to far to walk in the blazing sun. We left.

Thank MojorisingMG
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the visit. Doesn't take overly long but plenty of good info about the areas history. Lots of info about conflicts and impacts to native Americans.

Thank Neil F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very informative center. Worth the time to tour through. Good for all ages. Plus they have a Columbia's Restaurant in the history center! Also great location right on the river front.

Thank honeygene
Reviewed 1 week ago

The History Center has a good location along the Tampa Riverwalk. It's a nice museum, but I was a little underwhelmed by the exhibits. I did, however, put the cost of admission toward a family membership, as it provides free admission and/or special discounts at...More

Thank reise3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have spent much time in the Tampa Bay area, you are familiar with Gasparilla Day, an annual festival dating to 1904 that focuses on a mythical Spanish pirate who supposedly operated in the waters of Southwest Florida in the early 1800s. But there...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a very enjoyable 3 hours at the History Center. The exhibits were informative and well done, especially the exhibits on the history of the Tampa Native Americans and the section dedicated to the cigar industry. The Center is a beautiful building in a...More

Thank HaleyNewJersey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm a Tampa native and this was my first time visiting this museum. There was so much information and displayed very well. It was a bit crowded so it was a little hard to see everything. They had actors dressed for the parts of the...More

Thank Tara A
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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.
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September 25, 2015|
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Response from Stephen F | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I agree witrh other responders. No other specific info.