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.

Tampa Bay History Center Tickets

  • Adults – $14.95
  • Seniors (60+) – $12.95
  • Youth (7-17) – $10.95
  • First Responders, Military, Students (with ID) – $12.95
  • Children (6 & under) – Free
  • Members – Free
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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.

Tickets

Adults – $14.95 

Seniors (60+)
$12.95

Youth (7-17)
$10.95

First Responders,
Students (with ID)
$12.95

Children
(6 & under)
Free

Members – Free

 

Chinsegut Hill Tickets

Adults: $5. Children ages 6 and under are free.

Group Tours Available

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

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

Guided house tours are available every half hour. Last tour at 4 p.m.

Chinsegut Hill Historic Home Tours

Guided house tours are available on weekends from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours start every half hour.

Adults: $5. Children ages 6 and under are free.

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 Information

Visitors can park for a fee at several lots and garages near the History Center. Options include the Channelside Parking Garage, Pam Iorio Garage, various surface lots, downtown street parking or, park in Ybor City and take the streetcar to the History Center. The TECO Streetcar is free. 

Parking fees vary based on availability and scheduled events at surrounding locations.

Valet parking is currently unavailable per COVID-19 compliance.

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.

Streetcar Stops &
Parking Garage Locations

Channelside Garage • 369 S 12th St.
Pam Iorio Garage • 301 Channelside Dr.
Ft. Brooke Garage • 107 N Franklin St.

Streetcar Stops &
Parking Garage Locations

Channelside Garage
369 S 12th St.

Pam Iorio Garage
301 Channelside Dr.

Ft. Brooke Garage
107 N Franklin St.

Directions

The History Center is located at 801 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602.

Road Construction Advisory

Due to construction in the Water Street district and areas surrounding the History Center, please plan ahead and allow extra travel time when visiting the History Center or the Columbia Cafe. For current traffic conditions, 
click here for information from the City of Tampa. Valet parking is currently unavailable per COVID-19 compliance.

Other transit options include ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft, the FREE TECO Line Streetcar, Coast Bike Share, and the Pirate Water Taxi.

The History Center is located along the Tampa Riverwalk and is walkable from downtown Tampa hotels.

From I-275

Traveling north on I-275

  • Head east on I-275 N.
  • Use the right lane to take exit 44 toward Downtown W.
  • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Tampa St and merge onto N Tampa St.
  • Turn left onto E Jackson St.
  • Turn right onto N Morgan St.
  • Turn left onto Water St.
  • There are five public parking garages within a 6-min. walk of the History Center. 

Traveling south on I-275

  • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 45A toward Downtown E.
  • Use any lane to turn left onto N Orange Ave.
  • Continue straight onto Pierce St
  • Use the left lane to turn right onto E Whiting St.
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto S Morgan St.
  • Turn left onto Water St.
  • There are five public parking garages within a 6-min. walk of the History Center. 

 

Selmon Expressway (westbound)
  • Take exit 8 toward FL-60/Kennedy Blvd/Downtown E.
  • Slight right onto FL-60 E/E Kennedy Blvd.
  • Turn left at the 3rd cross street onto N Morgan St.
  • Turn left onto Water St.
Selmon Expressway (eastbound)
  • Slight left onto FL-618 Toll E/Selmon Expressway (toll road).
  • Use the middle lane to take exit 6A-6B toward Downtown East.
  • Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 6B, follow signs for Downtown/ Channelside Dr and merge onto Channelside Dr.
  • Turn right onto S Morgan St.
  • Turn left onto Water St.

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

Please note that due the COVID-19 pandemic, the History Center’s free and discounted days are temporarily on hold as we work to maintain capacity limits within our galleries. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Three visiting sessions each day are limited to 75 guests per session in order to maintain social distancing guidelines within our theaters and galleries.

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]