Ybor's Melting Pot 

Our culture is deeply rooted in the flavors and aromas of foods that were introduced in Ybor City beginning with the earliest immigrant groups. In January, we launched a new series that celebrates the history of Ybor City's traditional dishes, and the food fusion that occurred long before it became a buzzword in todays culinary scene. Ybor City was truly a "melting pot" in every sense of the word! Stories and recipes will be posted on social media pages, newsletters and this website. If you'd like to receive our e-newsletters with the latest updates and information, please send us an email by clicking here and using the Contact Form to let us know you want to receive our newsletters. 


Get your FREE tickets. The Ybor City Museum State Park is one of several local museums and cultural organizations participating in Museum Day on September 18, 2021. Participating organizations will provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket for this annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Get your free tickets. Please click here for more information in advance of your visit. 

Join Honorary Host Lou Piniella, Commissioner Pat Kemp, Mayor Jane Castor, and other VIPs for the Grand Opening of the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House and a very special edition of Homeruns & History. The much anticipated event is September 25, 10 am-1 pm. Three venues, including the Museum, the Ybor City Saturday Market, and the Ybor City Museum State Park will host tours, games, team mascots, exhibits, a Coaches Panel, and autographs by MLB Alumni.The Tampa Baseball Museum will offer 1/2 price timed admissions for purchase online the week of September 20 and onsite at the event. 

If you are following "Fernando's Footsteps", a tale of old Tampa written by Tony CarreƱo, you can catch up on the chapters posted on our website or view videos of past readings on the Ybor City Museum Society Facebook page. More chapters will be published later this fall.

Stay tuned for more information on the event.always, your support has meant a lot last year as we met the challenge of presenting programs in new ways. If you are in a position to do so, please consider a donation of any size so we can continue to share Ybor City's unique history throughout 2021.  


The Ybor City Museum Society is the primary interpreter and conservator of Ybor City's rich history and heritage. Our multidisciplinary programs and exhibits provide educational experiences about the people and events that brought immigrant groups together beginning in 1886. Many of them worked in Tampa's renowned cigar industry or provided essential goods and services to those who did. These early citizens of Ybor City preserved their own traditions and were the first contributors to the City's cultural diversity, whose mores and flavors are still evident in modern-day Tampa. 



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With the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County
And the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners