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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Worth Your Time

If you are at all interested in the history of South-Central Florida, this museum provides a pretty... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2016
Alexandria, Virginia
School Trip

Beautiful place but I found the docent to be sharp and short tempered with the students. The two... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2016
Leona M
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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • 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 11 February 2016

If you are at all interested in the history of South-Central Florida, this museum provides a pretty comprehensive view fm the early archeology, native Americans, the Spanish explorations & influence right up to the present. It also devoted a good amount of space to the...More

Thank dwh6776
Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place but I found the docent to be sharp and short tempered with the students. The two movies we watch made me feel browbeaten for been Anglo-Saxon. What a drag!

Thank Leona M
Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

This museum really puts the fun into learning and experiencing history. With multimedia shows, interactive exhibits, discovery corners, colorful and easy to follow signs, this museum sets the bar high for quality and relevant material. We appreciated learning more about the Native Americans/Seminoles in Florida,...More

1  Thank ChathamMass
Reviewed 29 January 2016

We got here shortly after they opened and walked in just as about 25 fourth graders were listening silently to a presentation by museum employees. We continued to view different areas of the museum to avoid them, but they got louder and less supervised and...More

2  Thank ksheff-travel
Reviewed 28 January 2016

Plan on spending a few hours as there is so much to see! The museum covers a wide range of Tampa Bay history and there is a lot of things to read as you move through the 3 floors. The top floor right now has...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

We love museums that tell the history of the areas we visit, and this museum did an excellent job. The only problem was limited parking in a very crowded downtown area. But, well worth the visit.

Thank Ruby H
Reviewed 26 January 2016

The history museum is a very interesting story of old Tampa from the 1800's to today. And DO eat at The Columbia Restaurant inside the museum. It also has an outdoor patio.

1  Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 24 January 2016

Our visit to the History Center was a very enjoyable experience. There are three floors and each one has a unique flavor and story to tell. We found the parking to be fine but were not able to get it free in the blue lot...More

Thank bseashore
Reviewed 22 January 2016

We really enjoyed the section on cigar manufacturing and the special exhibit on Florida. The movie was entertaining as well. We wanted to spend more time on the other exhibits, but were limited due to parking. We were told that we could park in the...More

Thank Judy B
Reviewed 22 January 2016

This museum is located close to the cruise ship docks and has easy parking facilities. A fine museum with exhibits starting with the natives, the 16th century Spanish explorers encounters with the native Americans through the development of the huge cigar-making industry, cattle-ranching and other...More

Thank agrathwol
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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.
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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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