Fodor's Expert Review Tampa Bay History Center

Tampa Museum/Gallery

From the early civilizations that once flourished on its shores to the 2000 presidential vote recount, the Tampa Bay region has long had an integral role in Florida history and that of the country as a whole. The interactive exhibits here let you peer back in time at the people and events that helped shape the area. You'll learn about the Tocobaga and other people who lived in coastal areas and the Spanish explorers who encountered them. A new 8,500 square-foot space explores Tampa Bay's pirate lore with help from a massive replica pirate ship. You'll find a wealth of information and artifacts from the Seminole Wars, Ybor City's once-thriving cigar industry, and Florida crackers who, believe it or not, once drove their cattle in areas now saturated with busy roads and shopping centers. Exhibits also cover the sports teams that have called Tampa Bay home, not to mention the war heroes and politicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. Museumgoers looking for a bite to eat are in for a treat:... READ MORE

From the early civilizations that once flourished on its shores to the 2000 presidential vote recount, the Tampa Bay region has long had an integral role in Florida history and that of the country as a whole. The interactive exhibits here let you peer back in time at the people and events that helped shape the area. You'll learn about the Tocobaga and other people who lived in coastal areas and the Spanish explorers who encountered them. A new 8,500 square-foot space explores Tampa Bay's pirate lore with help from a massive replica pirate ship. You'll find a wealth of information and artifacts from the Seminole Wars, Ybor City's once-thriving cigar industry, and Florida crackers who, believe it or not, once drove their cattle in areas now saturated with busy roads and shopping centers. Exhibits also cover the sports teams that have called Tampa Bay home, not to mention the war heroes and politicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. Museumgoers looking for a bite to eat are in for a treat: the café here is a branch of none other than the Columbia, Tampa's most famous and historic restaurant.

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801 Old Water St.
Tampa, Florida  33602, USA

813-228–0097

tampabayhistorycenter.org

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Rate Includes: $12.95

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