Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water Street
Tampa, FL 33602

The History Center is a 60,000-square-foot museum focused on the history and heritage of Florida and the Tampa Bay region. From the earliest native peoples and Seminole Wars, to the growth of transportation and industry, the History Center covers 12,000 years of Florida’s past. Sail across unknown seas with European explorers, ply the Florida coast alongside pirates and privateers, and dive to the ocean floor in search of long-lost fortunes in the all-new Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks gallery.

Permanent Galleries


The new “Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks” gallery at the Tampa Bay History Center

From the infamous pirate Jack Rackam, to the hard-charging Teddy Roosevelt, the Tampa Bay History Center’s three floors of exhibits explore the stories and personalities from Florida’s past. Florida History Exibit Themes include: Florida’s Native Indians, Florida’s Early European Explorers, Seminole Wars & Culture, Founding of Tampa & “Cigar City”, Tampa Bay Timeline, Industries & Natural Resources, Sports & Recreation, Civil Rights in Tampa, Tampa’s War Heroes, Pioneer Florida, Trans-Atlantic New World Exploration, Navigation Tools, The Pirate’s Life, Florida Shipwrecks and Artifacts Recovered.

Curriculum Connections:

Social Studies (Florida and U.S. history Connections for grades 4-8).


Tours are designed for Grades 3-12 but can be adapted for younger students.

Tour Length:

1.5-2 hours.


Up to 150 students can be accommodated at one time. Larger school groups will need to be split over multiple days.

Bus Parking:

Bus parking is available free in an adjacent lot. Drivers will be provided maps. As downtown construction progresses, parking instructions may change but updated information can always be found on the website.

Study Guide/Activity Guide:

Pre-Field trip activities available on-line, along with Teachers’ Field trip planning guide. For a ‘classroom’ field trip we offer History-To-Go Kits available for rent. For more information: www.tampabayhistorycenter.org/educators/educator-resources/


For information on pricing and detailed information, please check www.tampabayhistorycenter.org/field-trips

Reservation Instructions:

To make a reservation, fill out the online form at tampabayhistorycenter.org or contact Brian Buttafuoco at 813-675-8960 or bbuttafuoco@tampabayhistorycenter.org


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