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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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A Must GO !!! A+

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

Reviewed 25 April 2016
Ricardo V
Seminole, Florida
Rotating Exhibits every so often here

Took a class here thru Ollie a year ago. Historic exhibits and there is a "branch" of the famous... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2016
Joyce S
Tampa, 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 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 20 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
Reviewed 13 April 2016

I loved the Tampa bay history center! It is a new-ish museum in the lovely new river walk area. The museum goes from Native American and prehistoric times to modern immigration and the history of Tampa. It's a lovely afternoon for adults or family's. The...More

Thank LaurenP2988
Reviewed 28 March 2016

Very well thought out museum of Florida culture. Visually stunning inside. The first floor holds the best exhibits with one audio/visual presentation that is up to Disney standards (tracing a specific Seminole War story) Second floor has some great areas for kids with areas on...More

Thank Bannatyne
Reviewed 23 March 2016

This is a very focused museum located on the Tampa River Walk. Most of the exhibits are small, several are centered around video displays. It is a blend of older Tampa history and more current events We were fortunate in securing 2 for 1 tickets,...More

Thank PanamaDon
Reviewed 19 March 2016

Visited here last week with preteen son. Start your tour with the short movie about Tampa history. The exhibits are on two floors with an exhibition space on the third. Some of the exhibits are really fun, like the saddles on springs that you can...More

Thank BooKat
Reviewed 19 March 2016

As a Tampa native I am proud of the Tampa Bay History Center. It is informative and interesting and always has new additions to the collection to keep you coming back. We have attended several of the special presentations and are impressed with the quality...More

Thank SandyR326
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20 October 2017|
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Response from DeeDee3579 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The exhibit is now scheduled to open in January 2018, partially as a result of our active hurricane season. I am beyond excited and hope you visit it, too!
19 December 2016|
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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.