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 three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition galleries focusing on 12,000 years of Florida’s history. Beginning with a look at Florida’s first peoples, who inhabited the peninsula some 10,000 years ago, and the arrival of European explorers in the 1500s, to Tampa Bay’s modern role as a port city, industrial capital of west central Florida and a draw for tourists and visitors the world over, the History Center tells the story of Tampa Bay’s and Florida’s history, heritage and culture. The History Center is also home to the Touchton Map Library/Florida Center for Cartographic Education. The only cartographic research center of its kind in the state, the TML/FCCE houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Florida cartography in the world, with holdings spanning five centuries. The TML/FCCE features a regular schedule of changing exhibitions, and is open by appointment to researchers and students. Visitors to the History Center can dine in the Columbia Cafe, a branch of the world-famous Columbia Restaurant, featuring signature Spanish-Cuban cuisine, a staple of Tampa’s iconic immigrant community of Ybor City. The History Center also includes a Museum Store, classrooms, temporary exhibition galleries and event rental spaces.
801 Old Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602
We welcome student groups of all ages! Our tours are designed for grades 3 to 12, but can be adapted for younger students. Fourth- and eighth-grade teachers find that our exhibits align very well with Florida and U.S. history standards.
K-12 students: We can accommodate up to 150 students at one time. A minimum of 10 students is required for a tour and group rate. One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students.
Preschoolers: We can accommodate up to 60 preschool students at one time. A minimum of 10 students is required for a tour and group rate. One adult chaperone is required for every five students.
Scout Groups: Scouts (min. 10 /max. 30): $7/scout Chaperones (1 per 5 scouts): Free Additional Chaperone: $10/adult *Badges are not provided by the History Center. Please contact your troop leader regarding the purchase of badges and other scout materials.
For all Scout tours pre-registration is required.
For more information contact our Youth Programs Coordinator at email@example.com or 813.675.8987.
Field Trip Length
A tour takes one and a half to two hours to complete from the time your students enter our galleries. Plan for additional time to check in, get students organized and to use the restrooms. If you arrive late, your tour will have to be abbreviated. Remember to schedule extra time if you plan to eat lunch in the park or visit the Museum Store.
During the guided tour, students explore the significant people, ideas and events that have helped shape our region and state. Who were Florida’s early native peoples and how were they affected by the arrival of European explorers? What key events caused Seminole Indian culture to change and adapt over time? Which industry put Tampa on the map and who were the immigrants central to that story?
Field trips are offered seven days a week
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Teachers (1 per class) ……………. FREE
Chaperones (1:10 Required) ….. FREE
Extra Chaperones ………………… $10/pp
To cancel or make changes to your reservation,
call 813-675-8973 no later than ten business days
prior to your visit. If you cancel your field trip at
least ten business days prior to the scheduled
date, you will receive a full refund of your deposit.
If your group does not show up for a scheduled
field trip, or if you fail to cancel at least ten
business days prior to the scheduled date, your
deposit will be forfeited to TBHC.