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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Very interesting!

My family has lived in Tampa for years. However I never really no new the history of the are and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
rhonda m
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Utah
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Good family museum

This gem of a museum is along the Tampa Riverwalk. There are many interactive exhibits for kids... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
nanc2tch
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Schenectady
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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.
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  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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 yesterday via mobile

My family has lived in Tampa for years. However I never really no new the history of the are and neither did they! So we checked out the museum. It was very interesting. Lots of artifacts and documents and even a presentation. Well done. It...More

Thank rhonda m
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This gem of a museum is along the Tampa Riverwalk. There are many interactive exhibits for kids and enough substance for adults without being overwhelming. It was a good introduction to Tampa. We had lunch in the Columbia Cafe inside museum. Food was good, but...More

Thank nanc2tch
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice place ,but not worth the walk after struggling to find a parking place. We had to park and walk 15 minutes with three small kids, plus it was raining on the way back. Exhibits were OK. The Flag Exhibit was exceptional.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

It'd had been quite awhile since my husband and I were last here. Went to see the US flag exhibit which is up until 7/29/18. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing and learning about these rare US flags. However, we explored the new interactive Pirate & early...More

Thank rzm1949
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The new Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates & Shipwrecks gallery is small, but nicely done. The kids liked the hands-on navigation tools & the interactive (plus loud & dark) Pirate Adventure, and the adults found the pirate trivia and maritime word/phrase origins interesting. In other galleries,...More

Thank reise3
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If the museum is not crowded (hint- go earlier in the day) it's a dream. You can take your time and explore at your own pace. Lots of places for fun photos. The pirate display upstairs was very well done, make sure you check out...More

Thank classicdj
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WE had a few hours to kill so decided to come here. It was $15 per adult. The Pirate Exhibit was what we thought looked the most interesting. It was not. It had barely any items in it. We could barely spend 20 minutes in...More

Thank Disneymomma
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was very surprised by the well laid out 4 floors of Florida history from many viewpoints--Native American, settlers, farmers, army etc. So spend an hour or two---well worth it! Learned a great deal. Multiple short films shown frequently.

Thank karen l
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think everyone should visit this place. You can learn a lot of interesting information about Tampa Bay and Florida. A lot of interesting exhibits on three floors. You can spend 2 hours here or all day. It is also worth visiting a souvenir shop...More

Thank KrysiaK
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Riding the trolley, we made a stop at this great museum. A special exhibit of the American flag got our attention. There were other special showings including one on pirates and another of the Tampa cigar industry. It is a super museum, worth the admission....More

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