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Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa

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#1 of 9 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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  • This hotel/museum was a very interesting experience and a huge surprise . I had no idea it existed We highly recommend it  more »
  • Visit this former hotel for its history, architecture, and stories. Savor the beauty and craftsmanship.  more »
  • This is not the best museum I have ever been in, but that being said, it was a delightful experience going on First Friday. The entire event was very special. It starts at 5PM on the first Friday of e...  more »
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  • As far as museums go, this was really weird. It’s basically one short hallway. 90% of what you see has no label. No artist label, no time period, no place of origin, which is pretty atypical for a museum. It is a massive building with extremely unique architecture — there’s barely anything that covers the architecture. The rooms that are open are pretty but nothing is labeled. Are we looking at replicas? Is this a restored room? Plus, parking is really hidden. If you drive by it the first time, have fun getting back to it! We were extremely disappointed with our visit. For how big the building is, you definitely expect to see more.
  • First time ever here, was impressed overall. Good place to bring a Youth group for piece of Tampa's history. My friend & I kinda followed along & listened, during a local school tour; Judy, their Guide, was great !... friendly, knowledgeable, & didn't mind if we tagged along. Though another Guide person asked us to leave suddenly, upon reaching a Presentation in the Fletcher Room. That kinda Dampened the overall experience for me, so may not recommend to my Youth group after all.
  • My family and I have come here around Christmas for the past 4 years. We love the Victorian holiday display and atmosphere during that time of year. The carolers are fantastic too. Great holiday tradition!
  • Beautiful museum filled with historic items and some very good replications. Took about an hour to walk around and listen to all the informative signs. Gift shop is a little pricey but that’s the same at every museum.. Friendly staff and beautiful garden to walk around after. I recommend the audio tour for more insight on some of the rooms/ pieces!
  • I learned some much about the gilded ages. The history and artifacts were amazing. The museum really gives you a sense of what it was like to live in this time period. A beautiful museum. I would not recommend for children. There is nothing interactive here. An audio tour is available.
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