Events and programs

Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop
March 8, 2018  |  5 - 9:30 pm


Join the Ybor City Museum Society for the seventh annual Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop for behind-the-scenes tours of historically significant buildings and sites that showcase their beautify architecture and interesting stories.


    • American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay (Award-winning San Souchi building)
    • Casa Oliva (Only remaining wooden cigar factory in Ybor City)
    • Design Styles Architecture (Former Italian grocery store)
    • Lions Eye Institute (Lozano Cigar Factory building)
    • Swope Rodante (Florida Brewery building)
    • USAmeribank (Built in 1926 for the Columbia Bank)
    • Bonus Stop: Bainbridge Ybor City Apartments
      (Original site of Vicente Martinez-Ybor's home)


"Hoppers" will ride rubber-wheeled trolleys or walk from stop to stop, take unique tours of each location, and sample fantastic foods and drinks along the way! Tours of each building are given throughout the night so Buildings Alive! attendees can experience the hop at their own pace. Begin with check-in and the Send-Off Party with food, drinks and music from 5-6:30 pm in the Garden of the Ybor City Museum State Park.

  • The all-inclusive general admission in $45 in advance and $55 after February 28th and at the door
  • YCMS members receive discounted price of $35 if purchased by February 28th
  • Students with valid ID may purchase admission for $25



Tickets for Buildings Alive! make great Valentine gifts.

— Signature Sponsor —

Bainbridge Ybor City Luxury Apartments




— Sponsors —

  Venable Law Firm Ybor CityHillsborough County Community College  Aguila Sandwich Shop

— Friends of the Hop —

Barbas Nuñez Sanders Butler & Hovsepian

Florida Commercial Group, LLC

GJ Betancourt, CPA, P.A.


Coming in June!
Legacy Awards Brunch
Date TBD  |  11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Columbia Restaurant  |  Siboney Room

Celebrating its 35th year in 2018, the Ybor City Museum Society has honored more than 70 members of our community with awards that recognize their contributions to the economy, heritage and culture of Ybor City. Held annually at the Columbia Restaurant, this signature YCMS event features a fantastic Ybor-style brunch buffet, live music, and a lively silent auction. The Legacy Awards Brunch offers a tremendous opportunity to learn about the people in our community who are dedicated to ensuring a prosperous future for Ybor City. 

Stay tuned for an announcement regarding the 2018 recipients of the Vicente Martinez-Ybor, Anthony “Tony” Pizzo, and Adela Gonzmart Awards.

Current Exhibits:

Traces of Cuba
Ybor City Museum State Park

As you walk around modern Tampa, you can see traces of the relationship between Tampa and Cuba all around you. This relationship dates back to the 1880s, when thousands of Cubans followed Vicente Martinez-Ybor and Ignacio Haya as they moved their cigar factories to Tampa. These Cuban immigrants brought more than just their knowledge of cigar making, however. They also brought with them a variety of foods, architecture, traditions, and a unique culture history that helped to shape - and continues to shape - the communities of Tampa. This special exhibition shows you some of these traces of Cuba, and explores the historic events and peoples that shaped the Tampa Bay area. This special exhibition will be on display through September, 2017. 


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 among 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.