Tampa Bay History Center

Hillsborough County Arts in Education Program

Tampa Bay History Center

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.

Exhibition Schedule:

Navigating the Age Before SPS: Nautical Charts of Florida and the Caribbean, June 2018–January 2019.

History of Conversation – A Bird’s Eye View, August 2018–February 2019.

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/


A minimum of 10 students is required for the group rate of $7 per student, with one adult chaperone required but complimentary for every 10 students. Additional chaperones $10 each.

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