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Tampa Bay History Center

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Address: 801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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+1 813-228-0097
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Experience 12,000 years of powerful stories at the Tampa Bay History...

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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The History Center is a great way to spend the morning. The exhibits are interactive. The city has a great history. At the end you can eat at the "Columbia Restaurant" located in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

The History Center is a great way to spend the morning. The exhibits are interactive. The city has a great history. At the end you can eat at the "Columbia Restaurant" located in the lobby. On the river walk if you have time to see more.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

It was a gorgeous day and I was walking along the Riverwalk. I wanted to get a feel for the rich history of the Tampa Bay. I have about a 45 minute limit for indoor stuff like a museum on a beautiful day, so I took a chance on the Tampa Bay History Center. **Good choice.** --The museum has a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

A visit to this museum should have two reasons. The first is to view and wonder at all the displays on the history of Tampa and the area. A lot of work and effort has gone into making the displays good and full of information. The second reason to visit is the food at the museum version of the Columbia... More 

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Thank Floyd S
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

Great exhibits and much info on Tampa Bay Area - I was born and raised here and still learned a great deal.

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Thank Kem T
Downers Grove, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

This is an excellent museum if you want to know the history of this part of the country. It covers 3 floors and was very educational. It has artifacts from some of the earliest peoples who lived in this area. It was very educational. Great for families or just people like me who are curious about the history behind the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

Interesting exhibits and two films about certain periods of Tampa Bay's history that provide insights into how area developed over time on the first floor. Second floor has displays about key elements of economic and cultural life. Liked the one about the port since it was something I hadn't seen before. Higher-level local history museum.

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

Great place for the family or just for an afternoon of good information about Tampa's history. Be sure to eat at the Columbia Cafe located on the premises.

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Great place to see the history of the area from the lives of the local Native-Americans to today. A very good partial day outing.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

Strategically located, the museum makes a great stop off point while in the area in Tampa. And the Columbia restaurant is always a good place to stop for a meal.

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Plant City, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

We've been here before for the Highwaymen art exhibit and enjoyed that, but this new "Florida Blues" wasn't worth the cost of tickets. Special displays are on the third floor, and once you've seen the bottom two floors once, the new exhibits on third are the only thing new to see. This one was mostly just photos of early jazz... More 

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