Tampa Bay History CenterCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
With 25,000 square feet of exhibit space, the museum is an excellent introduction of Tampa. You might as well visit it first of all the attractions in town. The exhibits are as follows:
Icons of Tampa Bay: Containing historic characters, events, and symbols such as B-26 bomber; Babe Ruth; Tampa cigar label; strawberry plane citrus label; steam engine; Tampa Bay marquee; flamenco dancer and so on.
- Winds of Change – A film re-enacting the arrival of the first explorers to the place.
- Florida’s First People – The pre-European peoples of Tampa bay and their artefacts.
- Cigar City – Immigrants and their involvement in Tampa’s cigar and cigarette industry. There’s a reconstruction of a 1920s cigar shop.
- Cowmen & Crackers – A replica of a cattle ranch and artefacts related to that lifestyle.
These exhibits and others basically follow this same theme, drawing out Tampa’s character as seen through the eyes of it’s own citizens.
- Bring a light sweater in case you find it chilly.
- Wheelchairs available on a first come first serve basis.
- Outside food and drinks are not allowed in.
- Check out the museum store for souvenirs such as books, decor, and paintings.
- USD 11 for 65+, USD 11 for students 13-17, USD 8 for 4-12, Free for below 3.
- USD 2 discount for military personnel.
- Bus No. 8 at Channelside Dr @ Caesar St
- Columbia Cafe at the centre
- Cafe Dufrain
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31.76% of people who visit Tampa include Tampa Bay History Center in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
86.05% of people start their Tampa Bay History Center visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Tampa Bay History Center
86.84% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Tampa Bay History Center
Despite living in the Tampa Bay Area for well over a decade, I had never been to this museum previously. There is quite a bit to see there. I especially enjoyed the section on Ybor City and the days of cigar manufacturing in Tampa. The museum price is very reasonable for all the exhibits provided. I highly recommend this museum to anyone who moves to the Tampa Bay area (Let's face it, most of us are "transplants") as it will give you a nice overview of the local history.
This is our first time at this Museum. very nice; we love that they had a Colombia restaurant right inside. We got the all museums pass that gives us free or reduced entrance to a lot of other local museums and attractions
What a gem!!! This place was incredible. The displays were extremely high-quality, and the pirate adventure felt of Disney caliber. Very informative; it didn’t feel like we were learning! Great views were a bonus.
Loved our trip here. Parked in the Garrison lot. Should have paid for the whole day to park. Three floors of history on the Seminoles, cigar industry, and pirates. Very well done! Worth every penny!
This place is absolutely amazing. Three floors of exhibits going into Tampa's and Florida's history. The exhibits were relevant clean and extremely well displayed. The semi interactive nature of the museum kept my 14 year old interested and engaged. If you live in Florida you need to go here.