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Interested in supporting the History Center?

The History Center relies on the generous support of our members and friends to help us preserve Tampa Bay’s rich cultural heritage and tell the stories of the people, places, and events that make Tampa Bay such a special place. Your charitable donation will support our education programs and exhibitions and allows us to conserve and grow our collection of more than 90,000 artifacts and documents. The Tampa Bay History Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Members help us tell the Tampa Bay story.

Free year-round admission, discounts at the Columbia Cafe and Museum Store, and reciprocal admission deals to nearly a dozen local museums are just a few of the benefits of a History Center membership. Your annual membership is also the best way to show your support for local history education.

The Tampa Bay Icons on exhibit in the Lykes Atrium at the Tampa Bay History Center.

Museum at Home

“Museum at Home” is a program to serve the community at home, online. Offered free to the public, Museum at Home expands education outside the walls of the History Center and helps us serve more in the community, removing transportation and other challenges. Your gift helps provide teachers with curriculum, parents with homeschooling and other activities, virtual curator-led tours, live education programming, and other museum experiences for our friends and members.

Your charitable contribution in any amount will ensure that Tampa Bay’s rich cultural heritage is preserved and shared for generations to come.

Annual fund

The Tampa Bay History Center’s Annual Fund provides critical operating funds that support our mission, programs and activities. Annual Fund donors make it possible for the History Center to direct support where it is needed most, including:

  • Expanding our collections
  • Preserving precious artifacts and documents
  • Updating and maintaining our exhibit galleries
  • Offering innovative programming for adults, families and students

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Memorial gift

Remember a special loved one through a memorial gift in their name.

*NOTE: In the donation form comments section, please include the name of the person you are remembering, as well as the contact information of anyone the History Center should notify of your thoughtful gift.

Make a Memorial Gift


Tribute gift

Honor someone special through a tribute gift in their name.

*NOTE: In the donation form comments section, please include the name of the person you are honoring and how we may notify him or her of your thoughtful gift.

Make a Tribute Gift

Family visiting and supporting the Tampa Bay History Center
First Peoples Gallery at the Tampa Bay History Center

Corporate sponsorship

Corporate sponsors make it possible for the History Center to offer traveling exhibitions, educational programs for children and adults, and community events. In exchange for your support, the History Center provides brand awareness for your company via multi-platform media and public relations efforts, exposure to our membership base, and interactions with our daily visitors. Sponsorship opportunities are customized to meet your company’s specific goals and offer varying levels of recognition.


Planned giving

The 1834 Society is the History Center’s planned giving society. The Society takes its name from the year that Hillsborough County was formed by an act of Florida’s Territorial Legislature on January 25, 1834. Donors who make a documented commitment to the Tampa Bay History Center in their estate plans will be eligible for membership in the 1834 Society. Unless you advise us otherwise, we will apply your planned gift toward the Center’s endowment, which will help ensure the History Center’s long-term success. Your planned gift will establish a living legacy and strengthen our ability to preserve regional artifacts as well as ensure that the stories of our past are told to future generations.

Tampa Bay History Center galleries
Touchton Map Library and Florida Center for Cartographic Education at the Tampa Bay History Center.

Have a question?

For more information, please get in touch with Lisa-Perry Richardson, Director of Advancement,
at (813) 675-8991 or via email at