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“A must for Downton Abbey and Titanic fans”

Tampa Bay History Center
Ranked #27 of 197 things to do in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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. Located on the Tampa Riverwalk, the Tampa Bay History Center features three floors of interactive exhibits, theaters and displays, a museum store and waterfront dining at the Columbia Cafe.
Reviewed 4 June 2014

If you want that feeling for old money, this is the place for you. The only thing keeping it from being perfect was butler in tails wandering around asking if things were allright.

Thank KramJH
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

This is by far one of the best city museums i ever been to and seen. It made me wish my grandpa was here he was a Hugh history person also i know he would of loved it.

Thank Justin H
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Tongue in cheek I might be correct in guessing if you asked kids (especially outside of the States) who discovered Florida, the answer might well be Walt Disney but this exhibition clarifies any misunderstanding as to who the early settlers were, where they came from and about the indiginous peoples. There are two short (approx 15min) cinema screenings telling the tale of two incidents (first visitors/Seminole War) which were interesting historically.

Exhibits are on two floors and cover all aspects of the Tampa area history - there's a lot more than you could imagine.

Personally I found the layout a bit haphazard and didn't find it easy to flow through the various areas. Overall, we must have spent a good few hours here (which included a lunch break in the on site Columbia Cafe). We certainly left knowing a lot more about an area we thought we knew reasonably well. For those with young children there's probably enough to keep them occupied and amused as well. However, I guess this is an attraction most visitors pass by which is a shame.

The car GPS struggled the last few blocks and the girl at the kiosk confirmed it to be a common problem due to street changes etc. There's free open air parking right next door - just get an exit coin from the center on purchase of your ticket.

Thank nnmercman
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

This history centre basically is to do with the History of Tampa bay and the Native American struggle and the growth of the Bay Area. I thought the small movies about the wind of change and the Coacoochees story was very inspiring. I thought it brought all the information together nicely and emphasised their struggle.

The cafe Columbia, is also a nice touch to be able to have a meal overlooking the river.

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Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

Went here with my husband as part of a visit to the area from England. This is a well thought out exhibition with interesting details on the native American people of the area and the growth of the Tampa area. I especially liked the films of the early explorers. Allow a couple of hours to do it justice. Would visit again.

Thank Rosettastone57
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