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“Nice few hours”

Tampa Bay History Center
Ranked #20 of 196 things to do in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Venice, Florida
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Nice few hours”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Visited on a Sunday afternoon and it was a pleasant few hours. Staff was helpful and the place was empty so it felt like we had the musuem to ourselves. Some of the interactive exhibits (e.g. the scull) were broken. This is a must see once sort of experience you should try when you're in Tampa and looking for a place out of the heat and rain.

Visited September 2013
Thank Dave T
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  • Danish first
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Sarasota, Florida
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“very informative and an incredible showing of tampa's history”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

the seminole war exhibit was excellent. the museum was beautiful with a columbia restaurant right on property. good ice tea break. the circus photos were fabulous.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank leevanwart
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“super nice”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

The staff here was so wonderful and very knowledgeable. I went with my daughters 4th grade class and it was really nice. there was also a nice place in front of the building for them to have their lunch. It was so well kept, clean and nice. and the staff was so nice.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank Shelby F
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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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171 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great historical past”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

I learned a lot about Tampa and the rich cultural past. This is an absolute must see. It is easy to find and parking is right next door to the museum.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Chuck S
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San Antonio, Florida
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We spent several hours here and learned a lot about the history of Tampa Bay. It would be a GREAT place to take children. there is a lot of "hands-on" displays & several short videos. There is two floors of exhibits, an one floor reserved for special events. They have a nice gift shop,&
restaurant & bar. Really a nice day out. I would highly recommend this for families. The children that were there seemed to be having a great time. After we finished seeing everything, there is a GREAT river walk just outside the museum where there is a great view of Tampa Bay & it's
ports. It's a nice place to take a stroll. Bring your camera.....

Visited July 2013
2 Thank louise p
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