Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602
Situated amidst the shops and arcades of the lively Channelside District, this all-encompassing institution is the go-to place for visitors looking to understand more about the history of Tampa and south-central Florida as a whole. The permanent exhibits chronicle everything from the early days of European exploration in the Americas to the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores in the Sunshine State, ranging from the region’s deeper pre-historic past to the military conflicts involving Tampa since the early 19th century onwards. Expect preserved historical documents, relics of the Seminole tribespeople, and a regular offering of temporary exhibitions that showcase the successes of modern archaeology and historical research in the area.