Events and programs


Legacy Awards Brunch

Sunday, June 12, 2015 |  11:30pm - 1:30pm
Admission - Members $55/person until June 6 | Non-Members $60/person
Amigos del Museo $100/person (includes program listing)

Join us for the 32nd Annual Legacy Awards Brunch at the Columbia Restaurant. Help us continue the tradition in honoring those who have made significant contributions to the Historic District. This year's recipients include Angela Caldevilla (Ybor Award), Lissette Campos (Pizzo Award) and Yanko Maceda (Adela Gonzmart). New this year -a Certificate of Achievement will be presented to Steinbrenner High School student Sadie Testa-Secca. See previous Legacy Awards recipients.

Sponsorships are available. All proceeds benefit the Ybor City Museum Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 813.247.1434.

Save The Date - Traces of Cuba

Thursday, October 20, 2016  |  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm  | Ybor City Museum State Park
Friday, October 21, 2016  | 5:30pm - 8:00pm | Cuban Club

Join us at the Ybor City Museum State Park on October 20th for the unveiling of a new exhibit that highlights Cuba's role in shaping Tampa's cultural heritage. Festivities include Cuban food and entertainment in the Museum Garden and presentations from notable experts on the history of Tampa's early Cuban immigrant communities.

On October 21, Dr. Roberto González Echevarría, Yale University Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literatures, will make a presentation at the Cuban Club. Dr. González, a Tampa native who grew up in Ybor City, is author of The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball.

Both events are supported by grants from the Florida Humanities Council, Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Resources. Sponsorships for either or both events are available. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 813.247.1434


Current Exhibits:


Ybor City Beneath the Surface
Ybor City Museum State Park

YCMS has partnered with the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) to present a special exhibition on the arhchoaelogical history of the city block on which the Ybor City Musuem State Park now resides. Using a mixture of historical data, including maps, and artifacts found during FPAN's archeological investigations at the park over the last few years, the exhibition reconstructs the evolution of the park's city block through time from Ybor's founding in the late 1800s through to today. The ehxibition will be on display through September, 2016. 


The Jewish Roots of Ybor City
Ybor City Museum State Park

A special exhibit exploring the lasting impact the Jewish immigrants to Ybor City have had on the community. The many buildings they constructed can still be found throughout the area. The synagogues they founded are amoung the city's oldest and most influential institutions, and most Tampa natives will remember some of the hundreds of shops and restaurants owned by Jewish families over Ybor's history. All of these Jewish roots are honored through this exhibit. Ask a park ranger for a companion guide to this exhibit for more information. 

Immigration and Ybor City 1886 - 1930
Ybor City Museum State Park

Ybor City’s immigrants came from lands far away to find new freedoms and opportunities to work in cigar factories, create businesses and become part of a rich and diverse community. They arrived with their own culture and traditions to discover new ways of life. The immigrant groups exhibit will intertwine the work and social lives of the Cubans, Spaniards, Sicilians, Romanian Jews, and Germans who helped weave the diverse tapestry that is uniquely Ybor. The iconic mutual aid societies, which provided for their medical and social needs are featured in a second exhibit.