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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 Tampa Bay hotel (now a museum and also part of the university) is a wonderful example of how the rich and famous used to enjoy life once the railways opened up the country. The tours are self guid...  more »
  • We visited the museum today and found it very interesting. It’s pretty small in relationship to the entire building. It was built as a large hotel around 1890, and is now home to the University of Tam...  more »
  • I visited when I moved to Tampa Bay and then came again with family. I love the Christmas display...so pretty! The museum building is well preserved. Learning about the history of the building is quit...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting place. I enjoyed exploring the historic building without supervision. More for adults than the youngsters.
  • 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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