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Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa

(4.4/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
Take a tour through the history of the area and see what sets this part of Florida apart at Tampa Bay History Center. The rich collection of artifacts takes you on a journey from the native communities and first European explorers and settlers, all the way into the 20th century. In addition to various historical artifacts, the museum offers a selection of interactive exhibits and multimedia exhibits, many of which are especially suited for the youngest visitors. Take a break at the museum's cafe, where you can have a drink, a quick snack, or a full meal. Paid museum admission gives you access to the free parking area. Put Tampa Bay History Center and other Tampa attractions into our Tampa trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Went here as we were close, Not at all disapointed Learned things about the Indians I did not know in Fl. Great films and features. Great for kids with a hands on hands. 
  • When I first went down to Tampa Bat, I didn't think that it would be very interesting at all, since I thought that they didn't have a lot of history. Well, it turns out that they have TONS of history....  more »
  • Spent about 2 hours touring, including the wonderful Clyde Butcher exhibit. Could have spent more time, but naps were calling. Very helpful staff. 
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  • Had a wonderful experience at the Halloween "Night at the Museum" event. My daughter was mostly interested in the candy hunt, but we were constantly looking over our shoulders for one the scary ghosts from the Ghostbusters! The costumes were great and the museum is well-organized. I would love to come back for an adult day to enjoy the history instead of running from ghosts!
  • Born and raised in the Tampa area. Love the museum and all of the history surrounded. I also like the fact that they kept up the confederate flag. We can't erase our heritage.
  • An amazing addition to life in Tampa. Great for adults or children. Well designed and very interesting. I've grown up in the Tampa area yet still learned many new things about the area's history.
  • First and second floors are the same year round but provide a great look at the history of the region. Third floor is for special exhibits. Loved this place. Can spend an hour or all day - all depends on how much you want to learn / experience.
  • This was an excellent museum. The staff were excellent and informative. they cover several important areas of the Tampa area, including cigars, the local Native Amereician opulation,and how they were treated by the US Govt, and lost of memorabielia of sports teams of the Tampa area. Its fun and even young children will find stuff to enjoy.