Plan Your Visit

From conquistadors to cattle ranchers the Tampa Bay History Center is home to the Touchton Map Library, Columbia Cafe and a collection of 80,000 historical artifacts. 

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The History Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Museum Admission

  • Adult: $16.95
  • College Student: $14.95
  • Senior (60+): $14.95
  • Youth (7-17): $12.95
  • Child (0-6): Free
  • Members: Free

First responders and veterans may receive discounted admission at Visitor Services. 

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The History Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Chinsegut Hill Tickets

Group Tours Available

Schedule your private group tour and discover this National Historic Landmark’s incredible story.

Historic House Tours Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Guided house tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays every half hour. Last tour at 4 p.m.

Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center

The History Center is home to the Columbia Cafe, a branch of the world-famous Columbia Restaurant. Waterfront dining in the cafe is available daily from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Musician Al “Coffee” McDaniel performs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 



Museums for All

Library Passes

Free & Discounted Admission Days

Parking & Transportation

Visitors can park at several lots and garages, all within a 5-7 minute walk to the History Center.

We also encourage guests to use public transportation or ride-sharing services. The History Center is located along Tampa’s Riverwalk and is generally walkable from all downtown hotels, the Tampa Convention Center, and is accessible via the Pirate Water Taxi.

Groups and Tours

Bring your group to the History Center. Perfect for field trips, adult and senior groups or corporate outings, spend your day exploring Florida’s past. Guided and custom tours are available, too.

Accessibility

A limited number of wheelchairs are available to borrow during your visit, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visiting with someone who has sensory-processing needs? Our friends at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida (CARD) have produced a helpful guide for our visitors with ASD and their families and caregivers.

MUSEUMS FOR ALL

Discovery Pass logo

Families presenting a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, and a valid form of photo ID will receive free admission to the History Center for the cardholder plus three additional guests.

 

LIBRARY PASS

Discovery Pass logo  Discovery Pass Program Use your valid Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Card to “check   out” a pass to the History Center. Go to hcplc.org to check out a pass before your visit to the History   Center. Each Discovery Pass is valid for seven days and provides free admission for up to four guests:   Two adults & two children or one adult & three children.

Pinellas County Public Library Cooperative Museum Pass Pinellas residents with a valid library card can also check out a pass to the History Center. Go to pplc.us or visit your local branch library to check out a pass before visiting the History Center. Each Museum Pass is valid for seven days and provides admission for the cardholder and up to three additional guests.

FREE & DISCOUNTED ADMISSION DAYS

Group Rate Admission

Admission for groups of 10 or more booked at least two weeks in advance is $10 per person. Visit our Groups and Tours page for details.

Financial assistance for school field trips and summer camps is available. Contact Nancy Dalence, curator of education, at [email protected] for information regarding reduced-rate admission.

Policies & Tips

Give yourself plenty of time to visit. Generally, you should plan to spend a minimum of 2 to 3 hours viewing the exhibits; however, you can easily spend the day visiting the galleries, shopping in the Museum Store and having a delicious meal at the Columbia Cafe.

 

Bags & Luggage

Large bags/backpacks (those that exceed 11×15) are not permitted in the galleries. Lockers are available free of charge for storing these items. Keys can be requested at Visitor Services. If you have a personal situation that requires you to carry a bag with you, please speak to a visitor services associate.

How long will you spend?

Give yourself plenty of time to visit. Generally, you should plan to spend a minimum of 2 to 3 hours viewing the exhibits; however, you can easily spend the day visiting the galleries, shopping in the Museum Store and having a delicious meal at the Columbia Cafe.

What’s Outside?

The History Center is situated at the beginning of the Tampa Riverwalk next to Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. The park includes a sand play area and splash park for children, picnic tables, a dock (with 8 tie-ups) and lots of green space. Consider bringing comfortable shoes and walking the Riverwalk after visiting the museum.

Be Comfortable

The temperature in the galleries is maintained at a cool 72 degrees. Consider bringing a sweater in case you get chilly.

Food and Drinks

Please do not bring any food or drinks into the galleries. Water fountains are available on the second, third and fourth floors near the restrooms. The Columbia Cafe is open every day for lunch and dinner from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Enjoy favorites from the restaurant’s flagship location in Ybor City, like Cuban sandwiches, chicken and yellow rice and the 1905 Salad. Indoor and outdoor waterfront seating is available.

Service Animals
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.
Photography & Video

You are welcome to bring your camera; however, flash photography and videography are prohibited. Non-flash photography is permitted for personal use only. Commercial photography, including filming of any kind, must be coordinated and approved in advance of your visit. Contact the marketing department for more information. If you are a member of the press and need photos of the History Center for publication purposes, please visit our press page.

Lost & Found

Lost and found is located at the Visitor Services desk on the second floor. You can also call Visitor Services at 813.228.0097×0.

How can we help?

We hope the list above has been helpful.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, please call 813.228.0097 to reach Visitor Services or email [email protected]