Policies and Procedures

The Tampa Bay History Center reopened to the public in adherence to health and safety recommendations outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and following guidance on reopening from the American Alliance of Museums.

“We understand the historic nature of this pandemic and the dramatic effect it has had locally and across the nation,” said History Center President and CEO C.J. Roberts. “We also understand the importance of sharing our community’s stories, how learning about our common past can help to inform both the present and our future. We’re proud to continue that mission.”

All of the History Center’s Visitor Services Associates and front-of-house staff may wear protective equipment while interacting with the public, and a regular schedule for cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic areas has been implemented.

It is recommended that guests wear face coverings while visiting the History Center.

Visitors are encouraged to call ahead or check the History Center’s website before visiting for up-to-date information and announcements.

The History Center’s educational programs have returned and many are offered in-person and virtually via Zoom. Lesson plans and activities for teachers and students, virtual tours of recent exhibits, artifact spotlights and more are available on the History Center’s website at tampabayhistorycenter.org/museum-at-home/ and social media channels.

When You Arrive

We encourage all guests to practice social distancing and utilize sanitation stations throughout the History Center.

In accordance with CDC guidelines and Hillsborough County Administrative Directive #MS-19, all guests older than two are encouraged to wear face coverings while visiting the History Center.

While You Visit

We ask all guests to practice social distancing and utilize sanitation stations throughout the History Center.

In accordance with CDC guidelines and Hillsborough County Administrative Directive #MS-19, all guests older than two are encouraged to wear face coverings while visiting the History Center. History Center staff follow enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures for high traffic areas.

Parking

Parking is located at various city-owned and private lots and garages surrounding the History Center or ride the streetcar for free to the History Center.

Valet parking is not available at this time. We encourage you to review local traffic conditions and parking options before your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets are available online or at the History Center’s Visitor Services desk. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Is the Columbia Cafe open?

Columbia Cafe at the History Center is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday with a streamlined menu. Guests are not required to wear masks but are requested to observe social distancing guidelines.

I want to book a group visit or field trip to the History Center. Whom should I contact?

Visit our group tours page or contact Brian Buttafuoco at [email protected] for questions about booking a group visit.

Are masks required?

In accordance with CDC guidelines and Hillsborough County Administrative Directive #MS-19, all guests older than two are encouraged to wear face coverings while visiting the History Center.

Do you have masks available for purchase?

If you do not have a face covering, a Visitor Services Associate can provide one for you.

Are service animals allowed in the History Center?

The Tampa Bay History Center follows the guidance provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Only trained service animals that perform specific tasks for an individual with a disability are allowed into all public areas and galleries of the History Center.

Do you have online resources for at-home learning?

Yes, please visit our Museum at Home page.

LOCATION

801 Water Street, Tampa, Fl 33602
Tampa Riverwalk

CONTACT

Phone: 813.228.0097
Email: [email protected]

BUSINESS HOURS

Open daily, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Galleries are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and open until 3 p.m. on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Have any questions for us? Please get in touch!

801 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602

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