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.


Steven M. Raney – Chair Bonnie M. Wise – Treasurer
President and CEO, Chief Financial Administrator
Raymond James Bank Hillsborough County
C.J. Roberts – Frank E. Duckwall President & CEO Paul Whiting, Jr. – Past Chairman
Tampa Bay History Center Principal,
AGW Capital Advisors
R. James Robbins Jr., Immediate Past Chairman J. Thomas “Tom” Touchton, Founding Chairman (Emeritus)
Founding Lawyer and Managing Shareholder, Chairman,
Hill Ward Henderson The Witt-Touchton Company, LLC.
Henry Gonzalez, III – Vice Chair George B. Howell III – Past Chairman (Emeritus)
Tampa Market President, Partner,
Mutual of Omaha Bank Holland & Knight LLP
Frank J. “Sandy” Rief – Secretary Marsha G. Rydberg – Past Chair
Of Counsel, Attorney,
Akerman Senterfitt The Rydberg Law Firm



June Annis Janet Nichols
Owner, Sutton Place LTD., Inc. Managing Director, Senior Vice President, Investments, Nicols Keegan King Family Wealth, Advisors of Raymond James
Jack Amor David Moore
Executive Director, TECO Foundation Executive VP & Chief Corporate Banking Officer, Bank of Tampa
Maruchi Azorin Rob Rosner
Owner, Villa Rosa Distinctive Designs Urban Development Manager, City of Tampa, Economic & Urban Development
Robert S. Bolt Bet Snyder
Barnett,Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & Koche, P.A. Director, The Lowry Murphy Family Foundations
Santiago Corrada Curtis Stokes
President & CEO, Visit Tampa Bay Owner, VR Business Brokers
Liana Fernandez Fox David L. Townsend
President, Liana Fernandez Fox Consulting, Inc. Vice President, Community Relations and Economic Development, Duke Energy
Elizabeth Frazier Col. Daniel Tulley
Vice President, Philanthropy & Community Initiatives, Tampa Bay Lightning Commander, 6 Air Mobility Wing, United States Air Force
Anne V. Gormly, Ph.D. William Walsh
Dean, College of Social Sciences, Mathematics & Education – Ret., University of Tampa Vice President, Strategy and Development, Tampa Bay Rays
Fraser Himes Rufus Williams IV
Partner, Himes & Hearn, PA Principal, Cardinal Point Management, LLC
Dennis Holt, Ph.D. Robert M. Wolf
Supervisor, Secondary Social Studies, Hillsborough County Public Schools President – Tampa Bay, Galen College of Nursing
Honorable Thomas A. “Tom” Lee
Florida State Senator, Dist.24



C.J. Roberts Nicole Conner
Frank E. Duckwall President and CEO Executive Assistant
Advancement & Membership
Lisa-Perry Richardson Andrea Gallagher Nalls
Director of Advancement Director of Guest Experience and Membership
Grant Martin Nick Onesty
VP – Capital Campaign Visitor Services Supervisor
Rodney Kite-Powell Malerie Dorman
Saunders Foundation Curator of History Curator of Collections
Sarah King Nola Berish
Assistant Registrar Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Technology
Emanuel Leto Jodie Jones
Director of Marketing Multimedia Manager
Education & Public Programs
Nancy Dalence Brian Buttafuoco
Curator of Education Assistant Curator of Education
Amanda Hoffman
Youth and Family Programs Coordinator
Finance & Operations
Maria Steijlen Jenny Conn
Chief Financial Officer Senior Accounting Associate
Claus Daniel Ross Lamoreaux
Facility Manager Facility Technician
Administrative Office Phone (813) 228-0097 Fax (813) 223-7021