Trip Planner:   USA  /  Florida  /  Tampa  /  Tampa Bay History Center

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.
Create an itinerary including Tampa Bay History Center
map
Tampa Bay History Center Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
466 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • We enjoyed strolling though. Interesting, varied exhibits, with attention to detail. Three? floors. Artifacts are well displayed. Good restaurant on the premises, Cuban food featured. Large portions, ...  more »
  • Great location right on the water. Is also a restaurant with a terrace. There is before a water playground for children or very warm days. Really nicely done
    View original
  • It is an interesting Museum, but I've seen much better but can be included in a visit to Tampa as something extra. The best place: Columbia coffee
    View original
Google
  • Perfect museum. Prices are decent for what you see. The history in here in a true jewel to admire. Big museum with exhibits that show history. Overall very pleased. Will be coming back soon.
  • This is an excellent museum. I have never seen it too crowded and there is a lot of cool information about Tampa. Be sure to get yourself a Cuban at the Columbia restaurant right in the lobby.
  • Whether you're from Tampa or Taipei, this museum has something to offer everyone. In particular the section on the indigenous Seminole tribe was informative and touching. There are 2 videos in 2 theaters that are easy to walk by, if you see nothing else make sure you see the Cotanchobee video. The rest of the museum is very modern and informative about modern Tampa, it's a little pricey but coupons are available everywhere to make it cheaper.
  • Well designed exhibits in a large new building on the Tampa channel waterfront. Free parking and a lovely waterfront trail and park make this a great stop.
  • The Tampa Bay History Center is a combination of permanent exhibits featuring historical aspects of early Florida as well as rotating exhibits of art, culture, and bay area artifacts. I t has an in depth look at old Tampa, from it's time as mostly swamp land up to modern day. It's a good learning experience for kids and a great place to go and reminisce if you have been in the area for a while.

Plan your trip to Tampa

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Tampa

One of the country's favorite vacation destinations, Tampa offers lodging options ranging from lavish resorts to inexpensive motels, and almost everything in between. The city's downtown boasts numerous affordable full-service hotels where you can take advantage of in-room dining, free Wi-Fi, and secure parking, all within walking distance of popular beaches. For an indulgent experience, consider staying at one of the hotels located along the sprawling wildlife preserve on the upper shores of Tampa Bay.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Tampa by other users

6 days in Tampa & Orlando BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in United States BY A USER FROM BRAZIL July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Tampa BY A USER FROM CANADA April, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Chicago, Atlanta & Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES June, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Tampa BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Tampa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Tampa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Tampa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM IRELAND March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Tampa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Tampa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: November, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans