Tampa Cultural Sites
Ybor City State Museum
DESCRIPTION: Focuses on the heritage of Ybor City; features exhibits on on Vicente Martinez Ybor, the area’s founding and history of Ybor City, the cigar industry, the historical social clubs; housed in the Ferlita Bakery building by the Ferlita family, Italian immigrants who established the business in 1896; though most of the museum reflects the Spanish-centric Cuban to America heritage many of those Cuban immigrants were of mixed African descent; one expression of the mixed culture is the “La Casita” shotgun house recreated as a cigar worker’s home at the turn of the century; shotgun houses near the museum were commonly built by descendants of Africans in the Americas; located in Ybor City State Historic Park.
ADMISSION: Adults $3; Age 5 and under enter FREE
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a–5p
ADDRESS: 818 East Ninth Avenue, Tampa, FL MAP
PARKING: metered parking across from Centennial Park and at the Centro Ybor Parking Garage on East 5th Avenue
Family Heritage House
DESCRIPTION: Located in at Manatee Community College, it contains decades of local news clippings and archives, including local church history, biographical information, video library, and a children’s room; Harmie Davis Baker Research Room is filled with a variety of books and displays; over the years it has presented a collection of artwork and memorabilia exploring historical and contemporary ideas about stereotypes in the Black community.
ADMISSION: donations welcome
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Thu 11a-6p and Sat by appt
ADDRESS: 5840 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL MAP
PARKING: on street