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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Spend an hour getting to know Tampa

A couple of things for small kids to do here, like get on a horse saddle and play with a toy train... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bill A
Tampa Memorabilia Center

Good things - Native American history of area, cigar industry stuff, old maps, and Mob info but... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
St. Petersburg, Florida
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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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  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A couple of things for small kids to do here, like get on a horse saddle and play with a toy train. The highlight for us was the Columbia cafe at the end of going through the museum.

Thank Bill A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good things - Native American history of area, cigar industry stuff, old maps, and Mob info but please give me more. Location on Riverwalk and Columbia Cafe Bad things - Virtually erased are Jim Crow, slavery in Tampa, jazz and Black Tampa (uh shouldn't the...More

Thank WineBeaches
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our visit took about an hour because we cut it short when the kids from the museum summer camp were released to explore the museum. There was not a lot of supervision of children at that point. Interesting cigar industry history. I enjoyed the cowboy...More

Thank elewis9
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We heard on the local news that antique maps were on display so we decided to check it - (look for discounts - you'll most likely find some) being from Florida I was very impressed and decide to buy a family membership which has lots...More

Thank Carolyn L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It has a perfect location right next to the Riverwalk and the place is huge but I got to see it all even though I arrived about 2 hours before its closing which can tell you how little the museum actually is. I showed my...More

1  Thank Mariauxi J
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Asked attendant and was told we had to park at channelside parking lot, way to far to walk in the blazing sun. We left.

1  Thank MojorisingMG
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Worth the visit. Doesn't take overly long but plenty of good info about the areas history. Lots of info about conflicts and impacts to native Americans.

Thank Neil F
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Very informative center. Worth the time to tour through. Good for all ages. Plus they have a Columbia's Restaurant in the history center! Also great location right on the river front.

Thank honeygene
Reviewed 12 July 2017

The History Center has a good location along the Tampa Riverwalk. It's a nice museum, but I was a little underwhelmed by the exhibits. I did, however, put the cost of admission toward a family membership, as it provides free admission and/or special discounts at...More

Thank reise3
Reviewed 8 July 2017

If you have spent much time in the Tampa Bay area, you are familiar with Gasparilla Day, an annual festival dating to 1904 that focuses on a mythical Spanish pirate who supposedly operated in the waters of Southwest Florida in the early 1800s. But there...More

1  Thank Taylor B
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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.
Robinson J
25 September 2015|
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Response from Stephen F | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I agree witrh other responders. No other specific info.

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