Ybor City Museum

1818 E. 9th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

The story told at the Ybor City Museum State Park begins in 1885, when Vicente Martinez-Ybor arrived to established Tampa’s renowned cigar Industry. From a small fishing village of 750 residents, the population grew quickly as Spaniards, Italians, Cubans, Romanian Jews and Germans, immigrated to Tampa to work in the cigar industry or to provide goods and services to these new residents. The museum tour includes exhibits on the cigar industry, Ybor City’s diverse immigrant population, the social clubs and mutual aid societies, cultural, political and social activities, a special exhibit entitled Traces of Cuba a recreated cigar-worker’s home and the Mediterranean-style garden.

Curriculum Connections:

Social Studies



Tour Length:

Approximately 60 minutes.


The museum can accommodate groups of up to 60 students, but can only tour the facility in smaller groups of about 15 students.

Before your arrival, divide students into even, compatible groups. One group will tour the main museum building, another group will tour the recreated cigar worker’s house, while the remaining group will complete an educational and topical activity in the garden space.

All groups will get to the tour the entire facility and complete all activities.

Student groups are welcome to pack a lunch and enjoy it in the museum garden.

Bus Parking:

Park rangers will direct drivers to free school bus parking once they drop of students at front gate of museum (off of 9th Avenue).

Study Guide/Activities Guide:

Pre-visit lessons and Field Trip Guide for Teachers available on website at http://ybormuseum.org/learn-more/educational-tours-a-materials


Ybor City Museum State Park is free for all school groups accompanied by a Fee Waiver Request letter from that school stating that the park visit is related to specific school curriculum and is for purely educational purposes.

Reservation Instructions:

To make a reservation, contact Cookie Ginex by calling 813-240-1698 or send an email with the word ‘Tour’ in the subject line to fginex@aol.com.

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