The Tampa Bay History Center is a dynamic learning resource that inspires a sense of place and pride for diverse audiences of all ages through interactive educational programs and engaging exhibitions.

A Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, the History Center includes three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition space focusing on 12,000 years of Florida history. The History Center features a museum store, the Witt Research Center, a map gallery, event hall, and the Columbia Café, a branch of the historic Columbia Restaurant. One of Tampa’s premier cultural venues, the History Center features cutting-edge interactive exhibits and provides a unique educational experience for all ages.

Located along the Riverwalk in Tampa’s bustling Channel District, the History Center serves residents of the Tampa Bay area as well as Hillsborough County’s nearly 3 million annual tourists, and is one of several cultural venues located in downtown Tampa.

The Tampa Bay History Center was awarded a Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012.

What makes us “green”?
Back to nature. The History Center sits on former industrial waterfront land that has been reclaimed and restored to a near natural state.
Recycling matters. Paper, wood, and metal were recycled during construction, diverting 95% of the debris from landfills.
Hit the bricks. The bricks used to pave the parking garage entryway are recycled from historic Tampa streets.
The glass is full. The atrium’s thick, double-pane exterior windows are filled with argon gas, which provides extra insulation and wind-resistance.
Let the sunshine in. The walls of glass on the front of the building provide natural light.
Take a stand. Look for recycled rubber flooring in “Cowmen & Crackers” and “Natural Resources.” Marmoleum—100% biodegradable flooring made from linseed oil, pine rosin, and sawdust—is used in some non-public areas of the building. Recycled content carpet tiles are found throughout the museum.
Let there be light. The bathrooms feature “smart” lights that turn on and off automatically.
In print. Museum publications are printed on recycled paper.


The Tampa Bay History Center is a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation.

Tampa Bay History Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate organization, one of only twelve such organizations in Florida.

The Smithsonian’s unparalleled collections, scholarship, and exhibitions document the world in all of its beauty, diversity, and complexity. The mission of Smithsonian Affiliations is to share these resources with Americans in their own communities by developing collaborative partnerships with museums, cultural and educational organizations. As an affiliate organization, the History Center is able to access support for our educational programs and allows us to access to the Smithsonian’s collection of more than 130 million artifacts, offering extended loans for temporary and permanent exhibits.

Membership Program

The Smithsonian Affiliate Reciprocal Membership Program is a network of Smithsonian Affiliate museums and educational organizations. Smithsonian members from one of the participating Affiliate organizations who present a current Smithsonian Affiliate membership card are entitled to the following privileges at participating Affiliates:

  • Free Admission
  • Member discounts on purchases made on the premises for concert and lecture tickets
  • Discounts in gift stores
  • Family memberships: Reciprocal admission benefits for a family membership must MUST be accompanied by verification of a family membership by presenting their home Affiliate membership card
  • There is no fee for Affiliates to add the reciprocal benefit to their membership offerings.
  • An updated list of Affiliates offering the reciprocal benefit will be provided online for participating Affiliates and members to use for promotional purposes and verification at admission desks.
  • Each Affiliate is responsible for marketing and promoting the Smithsonian Affiliate Reciprocal Membership information to its own members.

Visit the membership page for information on how you can upgrade your membership.


Paul Whiting - Chair
Principal, AGW Capital Advisors
Steven M. Raney - Treasurer
President and CEO, Raymond James Bank
C.J. Roberts – Frank E. Duckwall President & CEO
Tampa Bay History Center
Marsha G. Rydberg - Immediate Past Chair
Attorney, The Rydberg Law Firm
R. James Robbins – Vice Chair
Managing Shareholder, Hill Ward Henderson
George B. Howell III – Past Chair
Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Frank J. “Sandy” Rief - Secretary
Of Counsel, Akerman Senterfitt
J. Thomas Touchton – Founding Chair
 Chairman, The Witt-Touchton Company LLC



June Annis

The Honorable Tom Lee
Florida State Senator, Dist. 24
Philip Bell
Director, External Communications & Public Affairs,
Christopher Lykes
Director, Bay Cities Bank
Santiago C. Corrada
President & CEO, Tampa Bay and Company
Curtis Stokes
Director of Community Affairs, Fifth Third Bank
Mark Fernandez
Senior Vice President and Chief of Sales, Tampa Bay Rays
David L. Townsend
Assistant Vice President, Mosaic Fertilizer LLC
Henry Gonzalez, III
Tampa Bay Region President, Platinum Bank
Rufus Williams
Principal, Cardinal Point Management, LLC
Dr. Anne V. Gormly, Ph.D., Ret.
Dean of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education, University of Tampa
Bonnie Wise
Chief Financial Administrator, Hillsborough County
Michael Hatchett
Urban Development Manager, City of Tampa
Robert M. Wolf
Senior Vice President, Hillsborough Community College
Dennis Holt, Ph.D.
Supervisor, Secondary Social Studies and Driver Education, Hillsborough County Public Schools
Col. Scott V. DeThomas
Commander, 6th Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base

 Currently there are no staff openings at the museum, please check back soon!

C.J. Roberts
Frank E. Duckwall President and CEO
Judy Miller
Administrative Services Manager
Advancement & Membership
Lisa-Perry Richardson
Director of Advancement
Andrea Gallagher
Associate Director of Advancement
Rodney Kite-Powell
Saunders Foundation Curator of History
Malerie Dorman
Collections Manager
Emanuel Leto
Director of Marketing 
Retail & Visitor Services
Katrina Heller
Visitor Services Supervisor 
Education & Public Programs
Julie Henry Matus
Curator of Education
Jennifer Tyson
Assistant Curator of Education
Lee Leavengood
Adult Programs Coordinator 
Finance & Operations
Maria Steijlen
Director of Accounting & Human Resources
Claus Daniel
Facility Manager
Ross Lamoreaux
Facility Technician
Administrative Office
Phone (813) 228-0097
Fax (813) 223-7021