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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Fantastic museum for deep history of the area!

History goes back to the earliest known native americans and the conquistadors, up through the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
stanandamy
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Juneau, Alaska
Great museum in Tampa! One of the best!

We only had two hours at the history center, but it was two hours well spent. We parked for free in... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
SBC75
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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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Reviewed 3 days ago

History goes back to the earliest known native americans and the conquistadors, up through the modern day. We were lucky enough to join a docent tour. Great AV presentations make the history come alive!

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We only had two hours at the history center, but it was two hours well spent. We parked for free in a lot just off of Channelside Drive and walked across the street to the center. From the moment we went inside, every aspect of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With very well done movies, exhibits, and galleries, this museum is great for visitors of all ages. Depicts Indian culture, white settlement, Florida Crackers aka cowboys with great care. Bonus: a charming cafe run by Columbia, a famous Spanish restaurant in Ybor City. Definitely worth...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is downtown, so recommend you either take public transportation or buy a parking pass. We parked in a lot nearby and limited our stay to 2 hours so we didn't have to pay $3 for 30 minutes. The museum was good, well interpreted,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I read the reviews and was not put off by the few negative reactions of some previous visitors and really enjoyed finding out about the real Tampa area. Spent about 3 hours in the building in all. It was a very quiet day and few...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beautiful museum is great for learning about the history of Tampa and the native people who lived in the area before the Europeans arrived. The videos are well done and the other visuals add to the flavor of what Tampa Bay once was and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First the architecture. ..a modern 4 story building well lighted with high ceilings and detailed but not cluttered displays on river. Rotating exhibits...we were treated to historical maps depicting Cuba and Florida dating from about 1510. Excellent overviews of pre-conquest and post conquest Tampabay history....More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was our first visit on Sunday over the long weekend in January (2018). Three floors & we only got through the first two. It was lots of interesting reading. We saw two short (15 minutes) docu-movies (sort of). We spent two hours there &...More

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

We concentrated on their permanent first floor exhibit. We got a flavor for early Spanish explorers in this part of Florida. However, we spent most of our time immersing ourselves in the stories of the Native Americans who called this area home. There are artifacts,...More

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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

There is plenty to view and learn in three floors of exhibits on the history of the area. Floor one: exhibits and two video movies about the earliest history. Floor two: extensive collection of artifacts on more recent history. Floor three: rotating exhibits (currently Cuba-Florida...More

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orlandogal22
20 October 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!
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epkemp
19 December 2016|
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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.
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