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Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa

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History Museum Museum
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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  • The museum is nice. I just wish it had more in it. Maybe Historical pictures? Just something is missing.Or the set up is, too much room for small amount being shown? Seems there would be some arifacts...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • 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.