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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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  • It is rare for me to not like a museum, but this one was disappointing. The first floor had information on the Seminole wars and the cigar industry. The theater presentation on the Seminole wars was b...  more »
  • This is a cool museum with lots of multimedia stuff. There is a video about settlers from the 1500s that's educational. I loved the exhibit on cigar history in Tampa. Those are all original artifacts....  more »
  • A great find on the RiverWalk. Really nice museum that focuses on Tampa history but also Florida in general. Really nicely done at a good price--$12.95 for adults. We spent about 90 minutes because we...  more »
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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.