Best Of 2011

BEST MUSEUM WE FINALLY WENT TO: Tampa Bay History Center

This is embarrassing. We count ourselves as hip, cultured citizens who know what’s up in the Bay area, but all we really know about local history is that the town was founded by a pirate and the local football franchise won the Super Bowl in — wait, when was that again? Helping us shed our ignoramus status is the Tampa Bay History Center, a one-stop shop for learning all about the rich history and tradition of the Tampa Bay area, from the early exploration of the region, to Jose Gaspar’s fateful landing, the ’20s cigar boom and the massive growth of the late 1900s that created the rich urban landscape we enjoy today. 801 Old Water St., Tampa, 813-228-0097, tampabayhistorycenter.org.