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Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa

(4.3/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
When you’re building a railroad to nowhere, how do you make the journey worthwhile? …. If you’re railroad magnate Henry Bradley Plant, in the midst of the sand swamps that would be Tampa, you construct the most astonishingly magnificent hotel of its day, then fill it with treasures from around the world. With its splendid Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings, and spectacular tropical gardens, Plant’s Tampa Bay Hotel attracted a host of celebrated guests, from Teddy Roosevelt to Sarah Bernhardt to Babe Ruth. A visit to the Henry B. Plant Museum and the authentically restored rooms of the Tampa Bay Hotel will transport you back to a time of indulgent 10-course meals, waltzing on the verandah and alligator hunting by moonlight…The journey is still worthwhile.
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  • If you like history you will enjoy spending an hour or two at this museum. The facade is spectacular. You feel part of the gilded age when you visit and listen to the audio guide. We couldn't stay but...  more »
  • Looking for something new to see in Tampa, we tried the Henry Plant Museum on the U of Tampa campus. This hotel was built in the Gilded Age (late 1800's) to be a tropical resort in Florida. In its day...  more »
  • Not a big museum, but a nice collection of late C19th ware and the story of the chap who put Tampa on the map, and the launching of the Spanish-American war in Cuba. Worth the entry fee, and easily in...  more »
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  • For $10 it's a great place if you like history. As you walk around the decorated rooms you type in the number that is shown next some of the pieces (at least one per room) on the little device that they give you when on your walk in and it plays a short audio clip (around a minute) of more in depth info on the room or piece.
  • This Hotel and the University of Tampa has such great history and the grounds are immaculately kept.
  • The museum was well put together and packed with information. The audio tour was a little hard to hear between me and my mom, but I understand they want to keep it quiet for other people touring the museum. Much smaller than I thought, but more than made up by the sheer volume of items and information we got to look at.
  • A splendid and cohesive walk through the history of Tampa and it's path to become a city. Would highly recommend to any one even slightly curious "why Tampa". Cost was $10 and includes a movie viewing (approx. 15 mins) and guided audio tour. Time: action packed ~90 minutes. Check it out!
  • GOOD, except the wifi is bad