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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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First visit and very interesting

Spent about 2 hours touring, including the wonderful Clyde Butcher exhibit. Could have spent more time, but naps were calling. Very helpful staff.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Riverview, Florida
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Riverview, Florida
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent about 2 hours touring, including the wonderful Clyde Butcher exhibit. Could have spent more time, but naps were calling. Very helpful staff.

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Temple Terrace, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On an outdoor elevated patio, adjacent to Tampa's new downtown Riverwalk and attached to the History Center is a delightful dining experience. The Columbia Restaurant has long been an Ybor City/Tampa restaurant landmark. Their new patio dining experience will soon join their well deserved reputation as one of Tampa's "must-do" dining experiences. Friends invited us to join them for a... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the first time I visited the museum. I had been to the Columbia restaurant inside but not the museum. I took my mom and her husband there today because I wanted to see the Clyde Butcher exhibit before it left and I thought it would be a nice afternoon. It was. The exhibits cover two full floors and... More 

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Plant City, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Through January 8, 2017 there is a temporary exhibit of Clyde Butcher's photography which was the draw to finally get us to visit. I confess that my expectations were quite low, so I was very, very pleasantly surprised to find that what I had anticipated could not have been farther from the truth. This museum is a little gem! So... More 

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Thank KP D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I found this museum after being disappointed with the Florida Aquarium, and decided to have a look round. It's a very good museum - an eclectic look at Florida's history starting with the early settlers (which was done really well - just the right mix of respect and accuracy), moving through cigars, and to the modern day. There's a series... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

It is rare for me to not like a museum, but this one was disappointing. The first floor had information on the Seminole wars and the cigar industry. The theater presentation on the Seminole wars was boring and I walked out mid-show. The second floor was worse. The information signs are small. The layout inefficient, random, and chaotic. An eclectic... More 

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Mundelein, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

This is a cool museum with lots of multimedia stuff. There is a video about settlers from the 1500s that's educational. I loved the exhibit on cigar history in Tampa. Those are all original artifacts. I also liked the modern Tampa stuff. There's a lot of Native American exhibits. Parking is easy.

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Thank Princerman
Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

A great find on the RiverWalk. Really nice museum that focuses on Tampa history but also Florida in general. Really nicely done at a good price--$12.95 for adults. We spent about 90 minutes because we were hungry for lunch, but you could spend more. Nice gift shop and great restaurant associated with it--restaurant is Columbia Café and it specializes in... More 

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Did not know this was the Cigar capital of the nation. It shows changes of Tampa came to be. It is located on two floors.

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Thank Jddata
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

I've lived near Tampa for most of my life and never knew its history. The museum is very informative and hands on. Plus, it's a great spot by the water and had the Columbia Cafe. We will definitely be returning.

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