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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Well worth the visit

This museum is well worth the visit. It tells the history of the people, the Indians, the Spanish... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2016
Douglas R
Litchfield Park, Arizona
via mobile
Outstanding find!

This gem of a museum is wonderfully laid out and has something for every age group, from hands-on... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2016
Eva A
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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

This museum is well worth the visit. It tells the history of the people, the Indians, the Spanish, and the Tampa Bay area. Definitely watch both movies. They also had an exhibit of doodads on the third floor which were papier-mâché doodads made by elementary...More

Thank Douglas R
Reviewed 7 May 2016

This gem of a museum is wonderfully laid out and has something for every age group, from hands-on displays, to short films and bright, colorful exhibits. Every visitor to Tampa should put it on their "things-to-do-while-visiting-Tampa" list. And make sure you have refreshments at the...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2016

Go early and stay long enough to read all the info and watch the short films and displays. Pick a day when there is NO school group as they tend to be disruptive and loud.

Thank douglinton
Reviewed 5 May 2016

From the outside, the building looks expansive. Once inside, the portions of the building that are actual exhibits open to viewing are signficantly smaller. You walk into an atrium and up and escalator. Then the first floor has quite a lot of ill-used space with...More

Thank PinkRoseBlueSky
Reviewed 29 April 2016

Our group had a private tour of the history center. It was part of our package on my husband's business trip.

Thank lisawZ277PR
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Outstanding ,Take half a day or a whole day and just walk down the streets ,there is life day and night .

Thank Ricardo V
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Took a class here thru Ollie a year ago. Historic exhibits and there is a "branch" of the famous Columbia Restaurant inside and outside as well

Thank Joyce S
Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went to this history center for the special exhibit of Florida souvenirs. It was very interesting and to see how Tampa and other Florida locations use to look like or exist back in the day. The second floor had a military...More

Thank DebAlex54
Reviewed 20 April 2016

We had one hour to spend in the museum and although we could have spent much more time we learned a great deal about Tampa history and Florida in general. The films were interactive with a combination of audio/visual and life-size portrayals. Nice café and...More

Thank jstoked2015
Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

The museum has two floors of permanent exhibits and third floor with temporary exhibits. There are several short movies. It gives a good overview of the history of the area. I'd allow at least 1-1/2 hours, more if you love history. It is not as...More

Thank GiddyupBorzoi
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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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