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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Learn about the history of Tampa Bay

We learned a lot about the history of Tampa at the center. They did a great job of taking us front... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Port Washington, New York
Columbia Cafe is a triumph!

A worthy representative of the great Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. Delicious food, expert... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Tallahassee, 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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We learned a lot about the history of Tampa at the center. They did a great job of taking us front he time of the Native Americans to the present. I highly recommend seeing the 2 films - they're nicely done and very informative. If...More

Thank dnasaur
Reviewed 6 days ago

A worthy representative of the great Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. Delicious food, expert drinks, impeccable service. Go for the Columbia Café, one of the best museum restaurants I have ever experienced.

Thank munderwood99
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is nice. I just wish it had more in it. Maybe Historical pictures? Just something is missing.Or the set up is, too much room for small amount being shown? Seems there would be some arifacts and stories available.

Thank KALOS177
Reviewed 6 May 2017

We dropped by the museum an hour before closing time and the staff was nice enough to let us come back the next morning to finish going through the museum. At first glance, it doesn't seem like a lot to see, but after walking around...More

Thank Mona N
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

The Tampa Bay History Center is a wonderfully unique and creative museum. It is very well thought out and informative. Perfect place for the whole family to get a glimpse of the history and diversity of Tampa. We have visited many museums and this one...More

Thank Charles C
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We spent a couple of hours browsing through the museum and learned a lot about the local history. Learning about the wars between the Seminoles and the US Army was interesting and thought provoking, especially regarding the broken promises and breaking of treaties. We also...More

Thank adulttraveler
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We fell in love with the Tampa Bay History Center the moment we stepped foot inside the building. We enjoyed our time so much that we decided to apply that day's membership toward becoming members of the History Center. The History Center is filled with...More

1  Thank orlandogal22
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The museum starts out giving a Mitchner style evolution of Florida from when the Spanish came to colonize in the New World. It shows early artifacts, clothing and a nice exhibition pertaining to the cigar industry in Tampa. The museum entry fees are weighty but...More

Thank monaslillet
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This is one occasion where trip advisor has let me down. the reviews were so high, but the reviews did not match the experience. The museum is three levels. Level three is only for special events. Levels one and two are very small displays that...More

1  Thank chrisinohio1973
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I enjoyed attending and becoming a member of this Museum. All exhibitions are well organized and explained. I love the very old photos of Tampa, Ibor and River.

Thank yvonnemarch
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there any disable parking?
20 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.