Tampa Bay History Center
Founded in 1989 by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, the History Center opened its new, 60,000 square-foot facility on Tampa’s Riverwalk in 2009. Accredited in 2015 by the American Alliance of Museums and a Smithsonian Affiliate museum since 2012, the History Center includes
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Tampa Bay History Center History to Go Kits
Bring some hands-on history into your classroom!
Our History-to-Go kits offer engaging, primary source-based activities that will help your students improve their historical thinking skills. Filled with cultural artifacts, historic photographs and other learning materials, History-to-Go kits are designed to supplement the study of various Florida history topics.
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Reserving a Kit
Reservation requests must be made at least three weeks in advance. Due to limited availability, we recommend that you submit your request early.
Pick Up & Return
History-to-Go kits can be picked up at the Visitor Services desk, Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Weekend pick-up/drop-off arrangements may also be made. Before returning your History-to-Go kit, please check that all materials are included and carefully packed.
You are responsible for any lost or damaged items. Kits should be returned to the History Center by 5 p.m. on the due date indicated in your confirmation form. There is a late return fee of $10 per day.
Visitors Services desk is located on the 2nd floor of the museum, adjacent to the main gallery entrance.
Cost & Payment
Cost is $25 + tax for a two-week rental, and must be paid when you pick up your History-to-Go kit. We accept cash, credit cards and checks (payable to the Tampa Bay History Center).
A major credit card is also required, and must be presented when you pick up your kit. In the event that items are missing or damaged, your credit card will be charged a replacement fee of up to $250.
Changes & Cancellations
If you are unable to pick up or return your History-to-Go kit on the scheduled date, or if you decide to cancel your reservation, please call the Education Dept. immediately at 813-675-8981.
Cancellations should be made at least one week before the scheduled pick-up date. This is essential, as we often have a waiting list of teachers anxious to use the kits.