More than meets the aye.

TREASURE SEEKERS: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks

Open Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Open Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Memphis-The Civil Rights Tour with Host Fred Hearns

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Memphis: The Civil Rights Tour with Host Fred Hearns

On April 16-19, 2023, experience the legacy of those who changed history and walk in the footsteps of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Join Fred Hearns, Curator of Black History, for an exclusive tour of the National Civil Rights Museum, the Lorraine Motel, the Mason Temple, and other historic locations. AAA Travel is offering History Center members at the Supporter Level and above a $75 per person discount off the listed price.


Tampa Bay History Center, Touchton Map Library Saunder's Gallery temporary exhibit Kitschy Cartography: Illustrated and Pictorial Maps logo

Kitschy Cartography: Illustrated & Pictorial Maps of Florida

On Exhibit Now – Maps aren’t just about geography. They can also help convey a broader idea of what to expect as you explore what is featured on that map. One way to tell that larger story is through illustrations.


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Gallery Tours

Let us be your guide to Cuban Pathways. Tours of the Wayne Thomas Gallery are held every Monday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. and every third Saturday at 1:30 p.m.


Chinsegut Hill Historic Site

Chinsegut Hill Historic Site Weekend Tours

Located atop one of the highest points in Florida, Chinsegut Hill includes an 1850s-era estate and 114-acre preserve. Book your weekend tour to explore this scenic location.


Fred Hearns, Curator of Black History

Walk with us!

Join the History Center for a guided tour of some of Tampa’s most historic sites and neighborhoods. Each 90-minute walk is led by a History Center-trained docent


Cuban Pathways
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Bring Cuban Pathways to your museum.

This traveling exhibition covers early Spanish settlements and the
arrival of the first Africans to the island, and it includes
first-hand accounts of émigrés fleeing Revolutionary Cuba.

Click here for traveling exhibit information.

The Columbia Cafe

Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.   •    Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.


Permanent Galleries

From the infamous pirate Jack Rackham, to the hard-charging Teddy Roosevelt, three floors of exhibits explore the stories and personalities from Florida’s past.

Temporary Exhibits

In addition to three floors of permanent exhibitions covering everything from Florida’s first peoples to Spanish explorers, Cuban cigar rollers to pioneering cattle ranchers, the History Center features several changing exhibition galleries. See what’s on exhibit now.

Open Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Open Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.