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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Interesting museum

My introduction to the history of Tampa began when I was buying my ticket and the helpful guy at... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2016
Vitarachel
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Newport News, Virginia
Been here a few times

If you are a history buff, this is the place for you.Off the beaten path for some visitors, but def... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
Lisa T
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Tampa
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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cigar industry” (35 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

My introduction to the history of Tampa began when I was buying my ticket and the helpful guy at the desk, Ryan, gave me a mini history lesson as he went over the visitor's guide. This is a very attractive museum with lots of good...More

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

If you are a history buff, this is the place for you.Off the beaten path for some visitors, but def worth the time to check it out.

Thank Lisa T
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Good presentation and representation of the human history of the area. Stressed the tonic diversity. Exhibits and artifacts did not go into great depth but provided a good casual understanding on their impact on the community.

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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Lots of great history and information on a wide range of Tampa's history. The movies were great, particularly Coacochee with the "Disney" like effects. Allow 2 hours to enjoy.

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Reviewed 14 July 2016

I was raised in Tampa and have a particular fondness for this burgeoning city. This past week we visited the Tampa Bay History Center and found it a remarkable gem of a Museum. With over 60,000 ft.² housed in stunning architecture it is one of...More

Thank michael m
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

Doesn't take much longer than an hour and a half but gives a nice overview of what makes Tampa - Tampa. Love the short films and the Columbia restaurant on site. It is a lovely little stop and sits in the middle of SO MUCH...More

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Reviewed 14 July 2016

We went on July 4th when it was only $5 per person! We saved a lot of money that way :) Anyway, they had employees dressed from different periods of history, including the Nazi era, so beware. I think that was just for the 4th...More

Thank krusso2014
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

Beautiful details in the architecture! On the water, lovely site. The museum was having a living history day and it was wonderful. The soldiers were informative, gave hard biscuits to the kids, and talked with us about a war. Realistic - hands on upstairs

Thank hseibold
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

We went on the 4th of July $5 day and it was wonderful. They had a lot of reenactors in military costumes as well as tons of artifacts from past wars. Even on a regular day this is a great place to learn about the...More

Thank palmharbormichelle
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

I loved my experience here at the History Center. In my opinion, it's one of the most underrated things to do in Tampa. Great exhibits all year round, and great place to learn about Florida's past. Also the Colombia is a must when visiting the...More

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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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epkemp
20 December 2016|
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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.
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