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Tampa Bay History Center

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

The museum has two floors of permanent exhibits and third floor with temporary exhibits. There are... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2016
Northeast Ohio
via mobile
Great museum!

I loved the Tampa bay history center! It is a new-ish museum in the lovely new river walk area. The... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2016
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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.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

The museum has two floors of permanent exhibits and third floor with temporary exhibits. There are several short movies. It gives a good overview of the history of the area. I'd allow at least 1-1/2 hours, more if you love history. It is not as...More

Thank GiddyupBorzoi
Reviewed 13 April 2016

I loved the Tampa bay history center! It is a new-ish museum in the lovely new river walk area. The museum goes from Native American and prehistoric times to modern immigration and the history of Tampa. It's a lovely afternoon for adults or family's. The...More

Thank LaurenP2988
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Very well thought out museum of Florida culture. Visually stunning inside. The first floor holds the best exhibits with one audio/visual presentation that is up to Disney standards (tracing a specific Seminole War story) Second floor has some great areas for kids with areas on...More

Thank Bannatyne
Reviewed 24 March 2016

This is a very focused museum located on the Tampa River Walk. Most of the exhibits are small, several are centered around video displays. It is a blend of older Tampa history and more current events We were fortunate in securing 2 for 1 tickets,...More

Thank PanamaDon
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Visited here last week with preteen son. Start your tour with the short movie about Tampa history. The exhibits are on two floors with an exhibition space on the third. Some of the exhibits are really fun, like the saddles on springs that you can...More

Thank BooKat
Reviewed 20 March 2016

As a Tampa native I am proud of the Tampa Bay History Center. It is informative and interesting and always has new additions to the collection to keep you coming back. We have attended several of the special presentations and are impressed with the quality...More

Thank SandyR326
Reviewed 18 March 2016

We were unsure about visiting but as soon as we walked in, we were welcomed and a very knowledgeable young lady told us about many of the things to see. She was a delight and such a contrast to the more usual dummy taking the...More

Thank Martin H
Reviewed 15 March 2016

This is a first-rate history museum, and the floor devoted to the early Florida Native Americans is well done, from the displays to the interactive media presentation to the excellent docents.

Thank CSK2
Reviewed 3 March 2016

The video on our native Americans and their struggle to survive the invasion of other inhabitants was extremely well done. Artifacts donated date to previous centuries and are documented. Saddle seats were an added enjoyment as you view the film on Florida's cattle and horse...More

Thank SusanL1729
Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

Really great tour through Tampa's history. Wonderful private collection of a true Seminole enthusiast. Free parking and very reasonably priced.

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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.
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Response from Stephen F | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I agree witrh other responders. No other specific info.