Three Floors of History
From the infamous pirate Jack Rackam, to the hard-charging Teddy Roosevelt, three floors of exhibits explore the stories and personalities from Florida’s past.
1) Florida's First People
Native groups like the Tocobaga and Timucua lived along Florida’s west coast for thousands of years prior to the arrival of European settlers. Learn about the tools and technologies used by Florida’s first people.
2) Winds of Change Theater
What happens when European explorers clash with the “New World?” Find out in the Winds of Change, a 15 minute animated feature.
3) European Exploration
4) Charles L. Knight Gallery
Featuring ceremonial garb, tools and clothing, the Knight Collection is among the largest assemblage of Florida Seminole craftwork, featuring artifacts dating to the early 20th century.
5) Coacoochee's Story Theater
Hear the story of the Second Seminole War – one of the longest military conflicts in American history – from two sides: Lieutenant John Sprague stationed in Tampa with the 8th Infantry, and Coacoochee or “Wild Cat,” a young Seminole leader.
6) Cigar City
Beginning in the 1880s, thousands of immigrant cigar workers from Cuba, Spain and Italy will proudly earn Tampa the name “The Cigar City.” Hear their stories in the Cigar City gallery.
1) Your Tampa Bay
2) Tampa Bay Timeline
3) Cowmen & Crackers
4) A Place of Your Own
5) Year Round Play
6) Witness to Change
7) A Land Remembered
8) War Stories
War Stories focuses on participants or those serving on the home front in the wars that have touched our state and region since the 1830s.
9) Annis Children's Gallery
1) Wayne Thomas Gallery
See what’s on exhibit this month in the Wayne Thomas Gallery. Exhibits change approximately every four months.
2) Treasure Seekers
Sail across unknown seas with European explorers, ply the Florida coast alongside pirates and privateers, and dive to the ocean floor in search of long-lost fortunes in the all-new Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks gallery.
3) Touchton Map Library
The Touchton Map Library and Florida Center for Cartographic Education is home to more than 8,000 maps, charts and other documents dating back more than 500 years from the early European exploration of North America through the early 21st century.
4) Witt Research Center
Located on the fourth floor of the History Center, the Currie B. and Lavinia Sparkman-Witt Research Center is open to the general public by appointment only.
5) The Pirate's Fate Theater
During the Pirate’s Fate movie guests choose their adventure aboard a stolen sloop in this 8-minute lively presentation.
6) Dave's Crow's Nest
Touchton Map Library
The only cartographic center in the southeastern United States, the Touchton Map Library is home to more than 8,000 original maps, charts and other documents dating back to the discovery of the New World. The Map Library’s partnership with USF provides access to thousands of maps housed at USF Libraries.