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.
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.
The History Center works collaboratively with a variety of community stakeholders.
|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
President, The Witt-Touchton Company LLC
The Honorable Tom Lee
Florida State Senator, Dist. 24
Director, External Communications & Public Affairs, Gerdau
Director, Bay Cities Bank
|Santiago C. Corrada
President & CEO, Tampa Bay and Company
Director of Community Affairs, Fifth Third Bank
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
Principal, Cardinal Point Management, LLC
|Dr. Anne V. Gormly, Ph.D., Ret.
Dean of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education, University of Tampa
Chief Financial Administrator, Hillsborough County
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!
Frank E. Duckwall President and CEO
Administrative Services Manager
|Advancement & Membership|
Director of Advancement
Associate Director of Advancement
Saunders Foundation Curator of History
Director of Marketing
|Retail & Visitor Services|
Visitor Services Supervisor
|Education & Public Programs|
|Julie Henry Matus
Curator of Education
Assistant Curator of Education
Adult Programs Coordinator
|Finance & Operations|
Director of Accounting & Human Resources
Phone (813) 228-0097
Fax (813) 223-7021