At Tampa Bay History Center, visitors can explore nearly 500 years of human history in the Tampa region. ((courtesy, Tampa Convention and Visitors Bureau))

The Tampa Bay History Center contains 60,000 square feet of exhibits depicting almost 500 years of human history in the Tampa region. Visitors can walk through a 1920s-era cigar store, boat up the Hillsborough River, ride along with a cattle drive, and learn about the early exploration of Florida in a dramatic theater presentation. Other exhibits include Coacoochee's Story Theater, which offers a riveting account of Seminole Chief Coacoochee's experiences during the Second Seminole War; Florida's First People, which features Tocobaga and Calusa artifacts, including tools, weapons, and pottery, as well as original artwork by artist Theodore Morris; and Cigar City, which showcases Tampa's cigar industry and immigrant communities while featuring one of the most extensive cigar memorabilia collections in the world. The waterfront History Center boasts a remarkable atrium, interactive and immersive exhibits, theaters, a map gallery, a research center, an event hall, an eclectic museum store, and the Columbia Cafe. The 2,800-square-foot Third Floor Gallery houses a rotating schedule of exhibitions.

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801 Old Water Street
Tampa, Florida 33602

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Telephone Number: (813) 228-0097
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