The Tampa Bay History Center – a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate – includes three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition space focusing on 12,000 years of Florida history. One of Tampa's premier cultural venues, the History Center's cutting-edge interactive exhibits provide a unique educational experience for all ages. Permanent exhibits explore nearly 500 years of recorded history and 12,000 years of human habitation in the region, including Spanish exploration, Seminole life, immigration and the cigar industry, pioneer and rural Florida, sports and recreation, and more. Located in downtown Tampa's Channel District, the waterfront History Center features a museum store, the Witt Research Center (a branch of the Hillsborough County Public Library System), a map gallery, an event hall, and the Columbia Cafe.

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