Exactly What You Didn’t Expect.
One of Tampa’s premier cultural attractions, the History Center’s cutting-edge, interactive exhibits provide a fun, educational experience for visitors of all ages.
Located along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa's Channel District, the Tampa Bay History Center takes visitors on a journey through 12,000 years of powerful stories. You'll follow in the footsteps of Florida's first people, set sail with Spanish conquistadors, and travel with pioneer families, immigrant cigar rollers, and sports legends.
During your journey, you'll walk through the Florida everglades with Seminole warriors, ride along with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders, and saddle up for a real Florida cattle drive.
A Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, the History Center includes three floors of permanent and temporary exhibits exploring more than 12,000 years of Florida history. The History Center features an eclectic museum store, Florida map gallery, the Columbia Cafe - a branch of the world-famous Columbia Restaurant.
The Tampa Bay History Center is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization and is supported in part by a variety of funding sources including earned revenue, public and private contributions, membership dues, sponsorships, and in-kind contributions. Ten percent of the History Center’s total funding is derived from the City of Tampa and the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners.
The Tampa Bay History Center is located at:
801 Old Water Street (formerly St. Pete Times Forum Drive) | Tampa, FL 33602