In one of my weekend trips to Tampa, I visited the Tampa Bay History Center. The museum has three floors containing permanent and temporary exhibits on the history of Tampa and the Gulf Coast. It also has a museum store, a classroom, research hall, a theater and Colombia Cafe (a branch of the renowned Colombia Restaurant).
As seen from the front courtyard of the building
Here are some of the exhibits I saw at the museum:
Artifacts from the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes including clothing, tools, artwork, weapons, jewelry.
"Cigar City" showcases the history of Tampa's cigar industry.
A film about the first European explorers who came to Florida.
What remains of Seabreeze by the Bay, a popular restaurant in Tampa.
A conquistador sitting at the lobby.
Chilling at Columbia Cafe.