Tampa Bay History Center


Jan 01 2021 - Jun 01 2021


Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602

Founded in 1989 by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, the History Center opened its new, 60,000 square-foot facilities on Tampa’s Riverwalk in 2009. Accredited in 2015 by the American Alliance of Museums and a Smithsonian Affiliate museum since 2012, the History Center includes three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition galleries focusing on 12,000 years of Florida’s history. Beginning with a look at Florida’s first peoples, who inhabited the peninsula some 10,000 years ago, and the arrival of European explorers in the 1500s, to Tampa Bay’s modern role as a port city, the industrial capital of west-central Florida and a draw for tourists and visitors the world over, the History Center tells the story of Tampa Bay’s and Florida’s history, heritage and culture. The History Center is also home to the Touchton Map Library/Florida Center for Cartographic Education. The only cartographic research center of its kind in the state, the TML/FCCE houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Florida cartography in the world, with holdings spanning five centuries. The TML/FCCE features a regular schedule of changing exhibitions and is open by appointment to researchers and students. Visitors to the History Center can dine in the Columbia Cafe, a branch of the world-famous Columbia Restaurant, featuring signature Spanish-Cuban cuisine, a staple of Tampa’s iconic immigrant community of Ybor City. The History Center also includes a Museum Store, classrooms, temporary exhibition galleries and event rental spaces.

Grade Levels

We welcome student groups of all ages! Our tours are designed for grades 3 to 12 but can be adapted for younger students. Fourth- and eighth-grade teachers find that our exhibits align very well with Florida and U.S. history standards.


K-12 students:  We can accommodate up to 150 students at one time. A minimum of 10 students is required for a tour and group rate. One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students.

Preschoolers:  We can accommodate up to 60 preschool students at one time. A minimum of 10 students is required for a tour and group rate. One adult chaperone is required for every five students.

Scout Groups:  Scouts (min. 10 /max. 30): $7/scout Chaperones (1 per 5 scouts): Free Additional Chaperone: $10/adult *Badges are not provided by the History Center. Please contact your troop leader regarding the purchase of badges and other scout materials.

For all Scout tours, pre-registration is required.

For more information contact our Youth Programs Coordinator at ahoffman@tampabayhistorycenter.org or 813.675.8987.

Take a virtual tour of recent exhibits, look into the eyes of a centuries-old silver lion, hear from historians and experts, or learn how to make pirate snacks. Choose your own historic adventure with our History at Home exhibits.


TBHC  is now offering virtual field trips to k-12 schools, with a live session of  Q&A, or a pre-recorded session.


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