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Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa

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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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  • The former hotel is filled with information and Victorian decor. You get an audio guide along with your admission which is highly informative. There is also a 14 minute video of the history of the hot...  more »
  • Very interesting reproduction of a historical hotel filled with actual items from it. It isn't very big but there is an audio tour included. Note that this is part of the University of Tampa and you c...  more »
  • An interesting and colorful Museum with it's outside Moorish design and simply beautiful to step back in time and visit how this once elegant Hotel of Tampa has been preserved. The history of the hote...  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