One of Tampa’s premier cultural venues, the Tampa Bay History Center has three floors of exhibit galleries covering 12,000 years of Florida’s history.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and a Smithsonian Affiliate, the waterfront museum on 801 Water Street includes a 60-foot 1700s-era replica sailing ship and the only cartographic center in the southeastern United States.
Dine in the Columbia Cafe, a branch of the world-famous Columbia Restaurant featuring Spanish and Cuban-inspired dishes that made the 116-year-old restaurant famous.
A Night at the Museum
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As the History Center winds down, the exhibits come alive! Catch pirates, explorers, Florida pioneers, sneaking around the galleries during A Night at the Museum.
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The History Center's permanent galleries take you on a fascinating voyage through centuries of recorded history, showcasing the diverse aspects of the region's past. You'll explore the impact of Spanish exploration, gain insights into Seminole life, witness the waves of immigration and the thriving cigar industry, and immerse yourself in the stories of pioneer and rural Florida.
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It had been years before I finally went to the Tampa Bay History Center even though it was something I wanted to check out since it had opened. I must say that I was very impressed with the experience. Great exhibits, wonderful staff and great location.
Pros: Great for families because they have some exhibits that are entertaining for children too.
Cons: Multiple levels to get around but most museums are like this anyway. At least they have very large elevators!
This building has a lot to offer as far as their history and amazing events that they host!
Pros: A beautiful building over the water and very educational.
Cons: The service is not very good. The bartenders act as though you are bothering them and it takes forever to get a drink or utensil.