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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Helps understand area history

Convenient location along water walkway. Exhibits were very informative and interesting. Staff... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2016
Octobertraveler31
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Glens Falls, New York
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
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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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Set sail with explorers and pirates in the History Center's Treasure Seekers gallery, journey through the everglades with Florida Seminoles, ride along with a cattle drive, and roam the brick streets of Ybor City with immigrant cigar rollers. Located on the Tampa Riverwalk, the Tampa Bay History Center features three floors of interactive exhibits, theaters and displays, a museum store and waterfront dining at the Columbia Cafe.
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  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

Convenient location along water walkway. Exhibits were very informative and interesting. Staff was very helpful. The exhibits were not overwhelming and this made it more enjoyable and educational. Great cafe for quick lunch.

Thank Octobertraveler31
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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
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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.

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Reviewed 4 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

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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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

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orlandogal22
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!
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epkemp
19 December 2016|
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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.
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