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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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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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Great place for the family or just for an afternoon of good information about Tampa's history. Be sure to eat at the Columbia Cafe located on the premises.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 September 2015
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Lakeland, Florida
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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

Great place for the family or just for an afternoon of good information about Tampa's history. Be sure to eat at the Columbia Cafe located on the premises.

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Great place to see the history of the area from the lives of the local Native-Americans to today. A very good partial day outing.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

Strategically located, the museum makes a great stop off point while in the area in Tampa. And the Columbia restaurant is always a good place to stop for a meal.

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Plant City, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

We've been here before for the Highwaymen art exhibit and enjoyed that, but this new "Florida Blues" wasn't worth the cost of tickets. Special displays are on the third floor, and once you've seen the bottom two floors once, the new exhibits on third are the only thing new to see. This one was mostly just photos of early jazz... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

We went to the Tampa Bay History Center since it was a rainy day. It was overall a nice place to learn more about the history of Tampa and surrounding areas in Florida. There is a self parking lot in the "blue" lot and they give you a token to get your car out when you pay for entry to... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

A nice pleasant pocket museum . The maps are a real favorite. A clean well lighted place. Nice little park surrounds it. Good views. Make sure you include lunch or cafe at the Columbia Cafe. There are sporadic presentations which can be good. The parking works well IF you know what you are doing but can be a "tad" confusing... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

We ended up spending a really enjoyable couple of hours here after parking up in Tampa Port and speaking with a nice lady in the visitor centre there. Her recommendation paid off as we learned so much about the history and culture of the area. The numerous and varied exhibits are located within a really spacious facility, which is very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

So surprised by our visit! We learned so much about Florida's history. The traveling exhibit that was there was horrible but the permanent exhibits were great.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Using exhibits and video presentation this museum shows the history of Tampa and the surrounding area. Well laid out with timely items on display and knowledgeable people on hand to answer questions. A huge plus is the presence of an on-site restaurant Columbia Cafe. One problem: The History Center web site advises parking at the "Blue Lot" and the museum... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

Excellent museum. Hard to get to due to road construction, make sure you have a GPS! 1st floor displays were excellent. 2nd floor displays were informative. 3rd floor varies, but not worth the effort currently. We ate at the Café at the museum and enjoyed the meal. Take time to take a walk outside along the river walk, great for... More 

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