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Tampa Bay History Center

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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great place to spend an afternoon on a chilly day

Learned a lot about the history of the Tampa area, American history, cattle farming, and the Native... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
eileen c
Brookfield, United States
Tampa Stories

Convenient handicapped parking; friendly staff; senior discount. Interesting films; interactive... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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
+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Learned a lot about the history of the Tampa area, American history, cattle farming, and the Native Americans. Excellent mini movies throughout the museum. Many cultural facts and displays. Was a great place to spend learning about Tampa before we explored the city. Made our...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank eileen c
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Convenient handicapped parking; friendly staff; senior discount. Interesting films; interactive exhibits; history of Spanish exploration, pirates, cigar manufacturing, growth of port and more. Columbia Cafe located in museum building served authentic Tampa favorites.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was very pleasant but not especially illuminating or stimulating. Laid out over 3 floors, it really appeared as an exhibition designed for Children or Adolescents (aged 14 or less !), with an over reliance on synthetic exhibits, very much styled in a Disney theme...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Brendan O
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got passes to the museum through the Hillsborough library's discovery pass program and I was hesitant to take my toddler because I presumed it would be something he wouldn't have the patience for but this museum really did a wonderful job of making their...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Luv2TravelNEGirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed this visit. Great museum and we learned so much about this great city of Tampa. The displays were most interesting and informative.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Cdntour
Reviewed 5 January 2019

We really enjoyed this museum. It was easy to go through the museum and learn the history of Tampa and Florida. My teens really liked it too. It is in a nice location and you can walk to other attractions, restaurants and entertainment.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank casinofind
Reviewed 4 January 2019

Took out of town visitors to the Tampa Bay History Center. I am not a big museum person but I really like this place. It's just the right size in my opinion. Not too small, not too big and very well set up. It does...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank HungryEC
Reviewed 3 January 2019

Modern and convenient facility with museum spread across multiple levels (elevator access if needed) and several interactive pieces for kids/teens sprinkled in. Rotating/traveling exhibit on Pirates was the highlight for us.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Freezer4Z
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

We visit the Bay Area often because we have family there and were looking for something new to do. This museum was a very pleasant surprise. Lots of unique exhibits on the history and culture of the Native populations. Fun displays on Tampa pop culture...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jeanneb472
Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

Had a blast with my family on a dreary rainy day! Such a hidden gem. Loved it so much we bought membership passes which are reciprocal with a bunch of other museums!

Date of experience: December 2018
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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!
19 December 2016|
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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.