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Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Good historical stop in Tampa

We dropped by the museum an hour before closing time and the staff was nice enough to let us come... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mona N
A Reward Stop in Tampa

The Tampa Bay History Center is a wonderfully unique and creative museum. It is very well thought... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Charles C
State College, Pennsylvania
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-228-0097
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dropped by the museum an hour before closing time and the staff was nice enough to let us come back the next morning to finish going through the museum. At first glance, it doesn't seem like a lot to see, but after walking around...More

Thank Mona N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Tampa Bay History Center is a wonderfully unique and creative museum. It is very well thought out and informative. Perfect place for the whole family to get a glimpse of the history and diversity of Tampa. We have visited many museums and this one...More

Thank Charles C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours browsing through the museum and learned a lot about the local history. Learning about the wars between the Seminoles and the US Army was interesting and thought provoking, especially regarding the broken promises and breaking of treaties. We also...More

Thank adulttraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We fell in love with the Tampa Bay History Center the moment we stepped foot inside the building. We enjoyed our time so much that we decided to apply that day's membership toward becoming members of the History Center. The History Center is filled with...More

1  Thank orlandogal22
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The museum starts out giving a Mitchner style evolution of Florida from when the Spanish came to colonize in the New World. It shows early artifacts, clothing and a nice exhibition pertaining to the cigar industry in Tampa. The museum entry fees are weighty but...More

Thank monaslillet
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This is one occasion where trip advisor has let me down. the reviews were so high, but the reviews did not match the experience. The museum is three levels. Level three is only for special events. Levels one and two are very small displays that...More

1  Thank chrisinohio1973
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I enjoyed attending and becoming a member of this Museum. All exhibitions are well organized and explained. I love the very old photos of Tampa, Ibor and River.

Thank yvonnemarch
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Really interesting museum, they have a really large variety in their collection, I would allot at least 2 hours to really explore.

Thank ifreakinloveyou
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Very interesting place to spend a couple hours. I had no idea how cigars were made back in the day. The displays and movies taught me quite a bit. Good movie on Ybor City. The displays and movies on the harbor and shipping were very...More

Thank Kornkurt
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We are lunch at Columbia Cafe. It was reasonabley priced, service was great and the food delicious. After lunch we took a boat tour called Tampa Bay History Cruise. For 90 minutes we tour the coast of Tampa hearing about the rich history of this...More

Thank fanofcharo
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In the past there was a small museum in the courthouse. Are the items from there now in this museum? Of particular interest are record books from the past.
20 December 2016|
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Is there any disable parking?
20 December 2016|
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Response from LisaBrock | Reviewed this property |
YEs, it is required in Florida.
Robinson J
Our visit is not a paid admission so we are looking for a low-cost parking near the history center. If you have any suggestions please let me know. Thank you
25 September 2015|
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Response from Stephen F | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I agree witrh other responders. No other specific info.