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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

Hit a rainy morning and we needed an indoor activity. We were pleased with this choice, very... read more

Reviewed April 26, 2019
South Pasadena, Florida
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Nice museum

Visited the museum with our children (11, 9, 8) to get a sense of the history of the area. The... read more

Reviewed April 22, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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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 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
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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
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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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Reviewed April 12, 2019 via mobile

We visited the museum and were impressed by the quality of the exhibits. The displays provide a great overview of the history of the area.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank LGude
Reviewed April 9, 2019

Well appointed displays of artifacts and interactive features for children. Very clean and handicap accessible. Worth the time.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Pecpmc
Reviewed April 8, 2019

we are history buffs and I have a long line of Spanish ancestry going back to the beginning... the displays were great and on different eras of days gone by. loved the old time local store setup.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Sheri S
Reviewed April 2, 2019 via mobile

Between docents Letty and Fred, outstanding reciprocal agreements, and an outstanding location on the Riverwalk, how could we not join? (Actually we signed up our children as they live in Tampa). The museum itself is "modern", meaning it's light on artificacts and long on simplified...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Philip C
Reviewed March 19, 2019

This is a fun museum and lots to learn. Great for ages 5-10. Teens may get a little bored. The 3rd floor exhibit changes every so often, which is nice. The outside lawn area is nice to sit and have a picnic. The food from...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JenC1977
Reviewed March 13, 2019

If you have any interest in history, Tampa bay History Center is well worth visiting, It is located about a block from the hockey arena In Channelside. The 1st floor had the early Indian Spanish history and a good short film about it. The film...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Beverlz
Reviewed March 4, 2019 via mobile

This is a relatively new building right on the Riverwalk. Exhibits are pretty interesting. Som are clearly designed for kids, but there’s more than enough for adults as well. Layout is somewhat confusing partly due to irregular shape of building. Columbia cafe is terrific and...More

Date of experience: March 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.