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Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa

4.4
#2 of 8 in Museums in Tampa
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. Find out how to plan Tampa trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • With very well done movies, exhibits, and galleries, this museum is great for visitors of all ages. Depicts Indian culture, white settlement, Florida Crackers aka cowboys with great care. Bonus: a cha...  more »
  • The museum is downtown, so recommend you either take public transportation or buy a parking pass. We parked in a lot nearby and limited our stay to 2 hours so we didn't have to pay $3 for 30 minutes. ...  more »
  • I read the reviews and was not put off by the few negative reactions of some previous visitors and really enjoyed finding out about the real Tampa area. Spent about 3 hours in the building in all. It ...  more »
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  • Absolutely loved the history center. Lots to see and read relating to Tampa Bay. Not being from the area it was very educational. The exhibits were all clean, working, brightly colored and many were interactive. We stayed a couple of hours. We peeked at the exhibit opening soon on the third floor and the full size pirate ship looked really neat. Can't wait to go back and check it out.
  • There's really not that much to see there. But if you're in downtown Tampa and have two hours to kill then definitely try this place. It is mostly consisted of exhibits specifically made to be displayed at the center, and not displaying actual artifacts. Keep in mind that IT IS NOT A MUSEUM! They have a couple of shows. I only got to check out one of them. It was about a native Indian chief and I really liked it. All in All it's a good spot to spend 1-2 hours near the Tampa Riverwalk, learn about Tampa's old and modern history with colorful visual displays and in a casual setting. *NOTE: show your student ID for discounts
  • Wonderful history museum. Smallish, but excellently curated with very affordable prices. I highly recommend the Tampa Bay History Center. Stop for a bite and/or drink in the outstanding Columbia restaurant on site.
  • Impressive museum, quite informative and very well done. They have a friendly staff and great location. Even if you live in Tampa you'll learn tons about the city and area history. The Columbia Restaurant is inside, you can also directly access the restaurant directly from the River Walk and the water taxi. The Tampa Bay History Center is a must-see for visitors and Tampa residents alike.
  • Good place to start with Florida history. Nice overview of native Americans, European explorers and Florida industry. Enough hands on for kids and information for adults.

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