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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Well Done Museum

Very interesting, worth seeing if you're in the area. The short movies add to the package. Gives a... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2016
Nice Restaurant. Skip the Museum.

Full Disclosure: I've spent a lot of time in a lot of state and city museums. I was looking... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2016
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 21 February 2016

Very interesting, worth seeing if you're in the area. The short movies add to the package. Gives a person a better sense of what took place in earlier times.

Thank tdammen
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Full Disclosure: I've spent a lot of time in a lot of state and city museums. I was looking forward to visiting the Tampa Bay History Center. The restaurant at the museum is great and the gift store is adequate. It's the museum itself that...More

Thank CelticRambler
Reviewed 17 February 2016

Why haven't we visited this center (sooner) when we have lived in Tampa for a number of years? Answer: Our mistake! While not a big museum it has a nice variety of exhibits. And the location, the location is wonderful! We bought a family membership...More

1  Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Spent a couple of hours here yesterday with two teen boys during our pre cruise weekend Very well done museum especially the movies Highly recommended to appreciate the history of the area And Columbia Cafe is great

Thank FourUpstate
Reviewed 12 February 2016

We were lucky to get the free parking in the blue lot. The two films could have provided a lot more history of the area besides the Native American story. The films at the Ybor city Information Center and Plant Museum provided more information about...More

Thank Darrell Anne D
Reviewed 12 February 2016

The museum is defined by it's use of sophisticated multimedia exhibits and displays and it's extensive use of different scale diorama's. It's a worthwhile visit that takes a broad brush approach to describing Tampa history. We were surprised to see the amount of exhibit space...More

1  Thank B D
Reviewed 11 February 2016

If you are at all interested in the history of South-Central Florida, this museum provides a pretty comprehensive view fm the early archeology, native Americans, the Spanish explorations & influence right up to the present. It also devoted a good amount of space to the...More

Thank dwh6776
Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place but I found the docent to be sharp and short tempered with the students. The two movies we watch made me feel browbeaten for been Anglo-Saxon. What a drag!

Thank Leona M
Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

This museum really puts the fun into learning and experiencing history. With multimedia shows, interactive exhibits, discovery corners, colorful and easy to follow signs, this museum sets the bar high for quality and relevant material. We appreciated learning more about the Native Americans/Seminoles in Florida,...More

1  Thank ChathamMass
Reviewed 28 January 2016

We got here shortly after they opened and walked in just as about 25 fourth graders were listening silently to a presentation by museum employees. We continued to view different areas of the museum to avoid them, but they got louder and less supervised and...More

2  Thank ksheff-travel
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In the past there was a small museum in the courthouse. Are the items from there now in this museum? Of particular interest are record books from the past.
20 December 2016|
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Is there any disable parking?
19 December 2016|
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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.
Robinson J
Our visit is not a paid admission so we are looking for a low-cost parking near the history center. If you have any suggestions please let me know. Thank you
25 September 2015|
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Response from Stephen F | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I agree witrh other responders. No other specific info.