The Henry B. Plant Museum is located in the south wing of Plant Hall on the University of Tampas campus, at 401 West ... More
Henry B. Plant Museum
The Henry B. Plant Museum is located in the south wing of Plant Hall on the University of Tampas campus, at 401 West Kennedy Boulevard. Plant Hall was formerly known as the Tampa Bay Hotel, which was a 500+ room resort hotel opened in 1891 by Henry B. Plant near the terminus of his rail line. The museum's exhibits focus on the Gilded Age lifestyle of the old Tampa Bay Hotels guests during the 1890s, when Tampa was experiencing sudden population and economic growth, including the beginning of the local tourist industry. Source: Wikipedia
Very interesting...well worth visiting! We were touring the University of Tampa campus on a weekend so it was great to have the museum in which to spend some quality time. I learned about some history that I had not heard about before. Highly recommend it. The only negative is that they didn't keep the entire hotel and surrounding grounds intact.
I have to admit it is pretty cool but let me warn you it is pretty small in there and most of evertyhing is roped off. I am not sure if there is an upstairs of the place where you can go we were only downstairs the things they had were neat but there was a wreathe made out of HAIR. yeah HAIR. I was grossed out. and if you are in a large group you will feel clostriphobic. I am not saying you shouldn't go but i thought you might want to know this before you go......
I loved visiting this museum for my short stay in Tampa. I went on a day when it was nice out side so after walking through the museum I had a change to walk the grounds. I only wished that the museum would permit people to take photographs inside.
My hubby and I visited the Henry B Plant Museum last week for the first time. It was amazing! We were both impressed from the moment we pulled up! The museum staff was very friendly and informative. The pretour documentary was very interesting. The rooms were set up so neat! I love victorian decor and the gift shop is a dream! This visit was the highlight of our trip to Florida. We will definitely go back. The $5 donation is WELL worth it!
I love the Plant Hotel. I go to the University of Tampa, so I get to see it every day. And let me tell you, it never gets old. I go almost every day, even when I don't have class! Its a beautiful place to be...Go to the museum because it really puts things into perspective, but I would argue that just being there in the quiet is one of the most peaceful and relaxing things you can do. It's like a whole new world in there, and like I said, it never gets old.
It is incredible to learn about it...in fact, the University is celebrating 75 years, and their celebration is going to kick off in October of this year...anyone who's interested in the history of the hotel and how it came to be the University of Tampa should keep a close eye on the website for the University, as they will be outlining the history and the growth of UT throughout the last 75 years.
It (the tour) doesn't cost much and its totally worth the time it takes to come and see the living history that is the Tampa Hotel
It is a wonderful recreation of the 1891 Victorian era and has very exquisite furnishings. It very effectively puts one into feeling a part of that period. The videos about the hotel are very good. Guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. There are some very unique Victorian furnishings. At the time I was there, there was a display of American cut crystal which was fantastic. There was also a wonderful video about how that glass was created. This is the most interesting Victorian era museum I have ever experienced.
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