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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Wonderful Place to see.

The docents that conducted our group were amazing. GREAT exhibits that explain the history of the... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2016
Trinity, Florida
It's a great place to get an introduction to the history of the area.

The museum as a whole is very informative and provides a great diversion from the routine Tampa... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2016
Leon H
Southport, NC, United States
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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 21 January 2016

The docents that conducted our group were amazing. GREAT exhibits that explain the history of the Tampa area and Florida. Well worth the price. I think I will return many times with friends and family. Close to the Aquarium which is a good attraction too.

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Reviewed 17 January 2016

The museum as a whole is very informative and provides a great diversion from the routine Tampa Bay tourist stuff. We particularly enjoyed the two movie theaters and their films presenting the early history of the Tampa Bay region. It is not very expensive, less...More

Thank Leon H
Reviewed 9 January 2016

This is first class, well done, clean, bright and beautiful. Not a big museum (which is something I also liked about it), but full of quality items. They have a film-type presentation that was wonderful explaining the Seminole War. I learned many thing here and...More

Thank Gena C
Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

The trip started with my dad going to buy tickets and I walked out on the deck only to see two Manatees swimming in the Hillsborough River. Nothing in the museum could top that although some exhibits were very fascinating.

Thank Rkraw22
Reviewed 28 December 2015

My son and his girlfriend took her mom and myself to downtown Tampa for the day to see River Walk and the History Center. Really neat place with lots of interesting displays about cigar making, cattle herding, the Port of Tampa and recycling. Very interesting.

1  Thank WestTennesseeNanc
Reviewed 27 December 2015

This museum has wonderful interactive exhibits with lots of audio visual support and offers new perspective and information on the local Tampa and Florida history I had never seen anywhere else. The staff is outstanding and patient with questions. There is something for all ages...More

1  Thank sola123
Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

We were looking for a place to visit for a couple of hours before our flight home. Nice museum with displays on Florida's history. Well done. Nice location on the water. Was just what we needed to fill the gap.

1  Thank NAL1852
Reviewed 11 December 2015

I very much enjoyed the museum and think it's one of the best city history museums I've visited. Very clean and organized, excellent displays and a wide variety of items to see. Strongly recommend it.

1  Thank mdfloyd322
Reviewed 11 December 2015

Have been to the museum on two occasions and each experience was quite different. The first time was after it first opened and it surprised me at how well everything has been pulled together. The second time I took my father and aunt. My father...More

1  Thank grknurse1982
Reviewed 27 November 2015

We really enjoyed our visit to Tampa Bay Historical Center. It was very interesting to learn the details of Florida's history. The museum was very technologically advanced. We enjoyed watching the movie in the freight truck and sitting on the horse saddles for another movie....More

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