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Ybor City State Museum

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Address: 1818 E 9th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3818
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+1 813-247-1434
09:00 - 17:00
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The Tampa enclave's colorful history unfolds here.

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Nice museum

Makes you understand better the cigar city with a nice old time video. The lady at the desk makes you feel welcomed and is ready to answer your questions.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Holiday, Florida
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Holiday, Florida
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Makes you understand better the cigar city with a nice old time video. The lady at the desk makes you feel welcomed and is ready to answer your questions.

Thank 4voyage
Lansing, Michigan
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much information packed into a small museum, courtyard and restored cigar maker homes! Our entire family (2 adults and a 10 & 8 year old) genuinely enjoyed the guided tour from the park ranger, the video in the interpretive center and the exhibits in the museum. Knowing a bit of the history of the area gave us a better... More 

Thank emilyinmichigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Florida Park Service facility. Small museum in a former bread bakery, adjacent restored period house, courtyard. Park Service Ranger led 20 minute tour of the museum exterior/house/courtyard. Ours supplied a wealth of historical information on this part of Tampa. Museum exhibits very well done. No charge, donations accepted.

Thank ThreeRivers75
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1,003 reviews
222 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice informative museum,but not very big in size.The lady working when we visited was very helpful.Close to the trolley station.Worth a 15 minute visit.

Western MA
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216 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small facility easily seen in about 60-90 minutes. Starts with well done 20 minute movie, then a self guided tour of the museum and finally a 20 minute tour of a house that had been home to cigar workers. Interesting in particular to Cubans, Spanish, Italians, and Jews... all of whom made up part of early Ybor City. Then walk... More 

Thank RSG-foodie
Boston, MA
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180 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I didn't approach this with much hope -- I expected another dreary local ethnic museum -- but was very pleasantly surprised. Ybor City was a company town built to make cigars from Cuban tobacco and it's history was rich and interesting -- and *very* well told by a significantly better than average museum. They did a fin job of telling... More 

Thank MarkLOlson
Aberdeenshire , Scotland
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Wonderful place to visit to learn about the history of Ybor city. Cost is only $4 and well worth it. There is a video presentation followed by a museum visit and a guided tour of a typical house (casalita?) that the many Cuban immigrants lived in. Our guide Bill who was a volunteer was very knowledgeable, and did a great... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This small local museum gives you a tasted of Ybor City. It is free and centrally located. If you are in town stop by.

Thank rjacksonbogner
Nashville, TN
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74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This museum was more interesting that I thought it would be! Lots of historical information about how the Ybor City was created. They even have two wood fire grills on display which were huge. We left with a much better understanding of the roots of this really neat little neighborhood.

Thank skoeper
St. Petersburg, Florida
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266 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We spent a delightful afternoon in the museum, it is a wealth of information beautifully presented for all ages. We were lucky enough to be there when Wally was talking about his experience making a 200' cigar to become the Guinness record holder. His plaque and pictures are in the lobby. Kids might be fascinated with the wood fired bread... More 

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