Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 228-0097


The Tampa Bay History Center - a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum- features three floors of exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Florida history. Experience the stories of Seminole Indians, Cuban cigar rollers, and Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders through hands-on exhibits and immersive theater experiences. The History Center is located along the Riverwalk in the heart of Tampa's Channel District and features waterfront dining at the Columbia Cafe and a museum store showcasing local crafts and artwork. One of Tampa's premier cultural attractions, the History Center's cutting-edge, interactive exhibits provide a fun, educational experience for visitors of all ages.

Meeting Facilities  


  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Days/Hours of Operation: The Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center is open daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private/Group Room
  • Accept Reservations
  • Full Facility Rental Available
  • Cuisine: Cuban
  • Major Credit Cards Accepted
  • Live Entertainment/Dancing
  • Pets Allowed

Things to Do & See

  • Admission Prices: Tickets: Adults - $12.95; Seniors 65+ - $10.95; Youths 13-17 - $10.95; Students with ID - $10.95; children ages 4-12 - $7.95; Children ages 3 and under - free. School groups of 10 or more - $6 per person; Groups of 10 or more - $9 per person; Military Discount*: $2 off regular Adult admission rate. Parking in the Blue Lot (next door to the History Center) is FREE with paid gallery admission during regular museum hours. (Black-out dates may apply). *Applies to all active and retired military members and their families with military ID. Discount cannot be combined with other offers or promotions.
  • Days/Hours of Operation: Open daily 10am - 5pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Average length of Stay/Tour: Stay 2.5 hours
  • Credit Cards
    • American Express
    • Mastercard
    • VISA
    • Discover


  • Internet Access in Meeting Rooms
  • Wireless Access in Meeting Rooms
  • Inhouse Catering
  • Outside Catering Permitted
  • Liquor License
  • Outdoor Facilities Sq Ft: 1530
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Outdoor Facilities
  • Largest Meeting Room Sq Ft: 2697
  • Largest Theatre Capacity: 200
  • Largest Classroom Capacity: 150
  • Largest Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Largest Reception Capacity: 500

Meeting Facility

  • Number of Rooms: 6
  • Total SqFt.: 6
  • Theatre Capacity: 200
  • Banquet Capacity: 150
  • Classroom Capacity: 40
  • Reception Capacity: 625
  • Exhibit space: Yes

The History Center's waterfront location is ideal for hosting large groups and small meetings. We offer indoor and outdoor options, access to our museum galleries, and custom menus.

TECO Hall Lykes Atrium Terrace Balcony (outdoor) Patio (outdoor) Classrooms

Meeting Facility Rooms

Room Name SqFt. Dimensions Ceiling Theater Classroom Banquet Reception
Atrium 2538 X
TECO Hall 2697 X
Terrace 1530 X
Gateways to the Caribbean: Mapping the Florida-Cuba Connection

Gateways to the Caribbean: Mapping the Florida-Cuba Connection

07/19/2017 - 01/28/2018

For some, the connections between Florida and Cuba begin with Fidel Castro’s takeover in 1959. For others, especially in Tampa, they begin 70 years earlier with the arrival of the cigar industry and...