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Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa

Categories: History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 480+ 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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  • This is a must-see if you’re interested in the opulence and grandeur of the 1800s. The museum is housed in a small part of the main building, all of which used to be the amazingly opulent Tampa Bay Ho...  read more »
  • This is such a unique building that has been very well maintained over the years by the University. Explains the history of Plant, his railroad and steamship company and the fact that the building was...  read more »
  • This museum is not bad but not great, in my opinion. The exhibits are informative but they are a bit dry and things seem like they haven't been updated in awhile. It's definitely not a museum that wil...  read more »
  • 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!
  • 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.
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  • The woman at the front office was extremely rude which set us off for a really uncomfortable and unwelcomed feeling. The museum is overpriced for such a small collection. I'm an alumni from the school and was shocked to see they are now charging students so much to visit a section of their own campus. You would have a lot more fun just wandering the campus than visiting the museum. Beautiful campus, the museum is not the interesting part of it though.
  • Neat little pice of history. Beautiful building.
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