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Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa

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#1 of 8 in Museums in Tampa
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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  • August 11, 2017
    My wife visited the museum around noon Thur. Aug. 10th The architecture of the old Plant Hotel is really great. The displays and artifacts are well documented via a hand held electronic device. Althou...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    I was there at Christmas time, so i visited a Christmas trees exibition. Staff was very nice and friendly, as well as the visitors.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The University of Tampa is in the Museum. The people are very nice around this part of Florida which is hard to find. Beautiful historic building.  more »
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  • March 4, 2017
    In town for our daughters track meet at the Unv. of Tampa and had some time to walk around this fabulous hotel. It was a pleasant surprise and would like to go back and go through museum. What a fabulous place to explore. Lots of hidden gems in the architecture.
  • April 20, 2017
    It seems like a fliemarket not a museum. They are using a really disturbing cord all ever the seats, really Ogly. Topic are war and businesses. Walking inside the University is more beautiful and free.
  • February 15, 2017
    A normal visit to the Plant Museum is a fascinating trip to another time and socio-economic group. If you get the opportunity to go when they are having their Christmas tour take the opportunity to go. It adds another level to a very worthwhile time.
  • March 13, 2017
    Very interesting place. I enjoyed exploring the historic building without supervision. More for adults than the youngsters.
  • January 25, 2017
    Brings the spirit of the old Tampa Bay hotel to life. I would strongly recommend going around Christmas time or when they have live jazz. The admission is a little pricey for the size of the collection, but it is something unique to the Tampa area.

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