Tampa Bay History Center

801 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Step inside the Tampa Bay History Center and journey through 12,000 years of powerful stories. With interactive, family-friendly exhibits, the History Center is an enjoyable experience for all.

Now you can check out the History Center's all-new "Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks" gallery. This recently-opened addition to the History Center features a 60-foot replica 18th century pirate ship, and rare artifacts recovered from shipwrecks off of Florida's coasts.


Tusks to Tails: A Fossil History of Florida

Now on Exhibit – January 16, 2022

Before Paleoindians called Florida home, gargantuan sharks swam in Florida seas and furry mammoths munched on Florida grass.

How do we know? Fossils.

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