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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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The Tampa Bay History Center is one of those places you can go to over and over again. Its great... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2015
fiveharrisons
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Brandon, Florida
Tampa Bay History Center

This is a large downtown museum that focuses on the history of what was the county of Hillsborough... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2015
slp135
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Valrico, Florida
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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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"excellent museum"
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"cigar making"
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"rotating exhibits"
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"great place to learn"
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"beautiful building"
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Reviewed 15 August 2015

The Tampa Bay History Center is one of those places you can go to over and over again. Its great for the kids and the traveling exhibits mean there is always something new. Plus, they have their own Colombia Restaurant right there on the premises,...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2015

This is a large downtown museum that focuses on the history of what was the county of Hillsborough before other counties were formed from the original large area. It has a wonderful and accurate film about the Spanish explorers, many different display items including a...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2015

This History Center gives across the idea that it is beyond amazing. It is in a massive, gorgeous building along the waterfront. It is partnered with the Smithsonian and does have quite an impressive collection of artifacts. But the history is specific to the Tampa...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2015

History Center has a great location in downtown Tampa. Beautiful area and nice and clean. The center was kid friendly and very informative. . .

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Reviewed 29 July 2015

The building, a "Green" building is a splendid newer addition to a greatly rejuvenated Tampa. Perched on the water, there are fabulous views from the lobby and the indoor and outdoor restaurants. The first film on the first European contact with the native inhabitants was...More

1  Thank SunTrav2014
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Reviewed 20 July 2015

On July 18th I took 12 high school students to tour the Tampa Bay History Center. I booked the tour 2 months in advance as I asked them to provide us the tour before their normal opening time and they were most accomodating. The cost...More

2  Thank Becky2174
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Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

The museum is in excellent condition. Artwork is interesting and very informative. It is centrally located and have student discounts. The personnel was very friendly and courteous.

1  Thank Joel R
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Reviewed 14 July 2015

We recently relocated to Tampa and decided to learn about the history of the area. We visited on July 4th and they had a special admission price of $5.00 which was great. There were interesting movies, interactive displays that kids had fun with and on...More

1  Thank Ann N
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Reviewed 8 July 2015

Tampa Bay History Center is a multi-storey museum, featuring exhibits about regional history. Dioramas and knowledgeable docents in costume bring the past to life. I was surprised at the number of volunteers on hand to guide visitors through the exhibits. They show real dedication to...More

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Reviewed 30 June 2015

When you visit, be sure to see all the theatre presentations. It will make the history of Florida all more meaningful. And…be sure to eat the the Columbia cafe.

Thank Alfred F
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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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YEs, it is required in Florida.
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