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Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps

[media-credit name=”Tampa Bay History Center” align=”alignright” width=”180″]FL-map-exhibit-field-trip3[/media-credit]View this most comprehensive exhibition of Florida cartography bringing together maps from museum and library collections around the world, many of which are on view to the public for the first time.

Marking the quincentenary of Ponce de León’s 1513 landing on Florida’s shores, the exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center offers a rare opportunity to see the world as the early European explorers saw it, and to watch the peninsula that would become one of our county’s most populous and diverse states evolve.

Discover that much of the earliest European exploration of North America occurred not in New England, but in Florida, while early railroad maps and travelogues show how the state became an agricultural powerhouse and America’s No. 1 tourist destination.

On Tuesday, April 8, a unique and personal tour will be led by the map collector and plenary speaker, Tom Touchton. If you can’t make this tour, the exhibit curator will lead the way on Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11. When the guided exhibit tour ends, feel free to experience the rest of the museum offering even more geography and history lessons on Florida.  

While at the Tampa Bay History Center, dine outdoors or inside the Columbia Cafe on the first floor. The museum is within short walking distance of the meeting hotels. 

Not able to attend either of these field trips? Show your badge and save $2 off the regular admission price to tour the museum on your own time.

See the Field Trips List