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Tampa Bay History Center

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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NIce museum of the area

It's a beautiful building, The exhibits are okay, some lacking depth. Wide variety, pirate... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mahwah, New Jersey
Lots to learn about Tampa history!

We visited the History Center during a mini staycation. The day we were there, customers of Bank... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
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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...more
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It's a beautiful building, The exhibits are okay, some lacking depth. Wide variety, pirate exhibit, native Americans included. You can forget about free parking on the street, definitely in a garage or street metered parking. About 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Thank PeterHa1
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Spent over an hour walking the exhibits and very much geared toward children. Few artifacts and lacks in-depth narratives. Also, leaves out key moments in Tampa and Florida history. A great place to stop if you need to get out of the afternoon Florida thunder...More

Thank drew d
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We visited the History Center during a mini staycation. The day we were there, customers of Bank of America were provided free access, which was a bonus we had not anticipated. Very nice exhibits and plenty of space to get around, spending as much or...More

Thank FLGirl47
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Extremely informative history center with interesting interactive displays using a variety of media. Welcoming and knowledgeable staff. On top floor, surprisingly panaramic views of Tampa with cooling breeze. Finally, satellite site of Columbia Restaurant served table prepared tasty salad, and the delicious Key lime pie...More

1  Thank Camille L
Reviewed 13 September 2018

At first glance Tampa Bay History Center looks like a office building, but there is more than exterior. Located in Downtown Tampa, by the riverwalk and Amelie Center, the history museum is a good addition to your itinerary, when visiting Tampa. The museum chronicles Tampa's...More

1  Thank Josue C
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Return visit for us. Nicely maintained - clean, neat and interesting exhibits. The brand new pirate exhibit was our favorite. Go first thing in the morning and then enjoy lunch at the Colombia Cafe.

Thank OriginalFrau
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

This was a very nice visit. The museum was nicely laid out and enjoyable. The pirate display made all us feel like kids again. And with the Columbia snake we were able to enjoy a nice meal. The only draw back was parking but we...More

Thank William R
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Stopped by after a cruise. The museum explained what happened to the natives in a very engaging way. This museum is great for adults and kids. The three main films are well done. Don’t miss the top floor. The restaurant is great too. Skip the...More

Thank kwgoes
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Tampa Bay History Museum has been on our "to do list" for quite awhile. We're glad we finally made time because, it was not only a fascinating and truthful presentation of Tampa and Southwest Florida history (Ancient Indians, Seminole, Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Pirates, Cigars, Sports,...More

2  Thank Edward O
Reviewed 29 July 2018

The center makes the history of the area more interesting by focusing on a few select topics - pirates, the cigar and citrus industries, the success of the shipping industry, and Tampa during the World Wars. There are several interactive displays which appeal to younger...More

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