Henry B. Plant Museum

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401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Open All Hours
+18132541891
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    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Report | a year ago
Very interesting piece of history.
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Report | 2 years ago
We really enjoyed the Museum.
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Report | 2 years ago
Small museum but interesting.
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Report | 2 years ago
A small and compact area as they are using part of what is now The University of Tampa. There is a lot packed into a few rooms but the way it is organized, makes it very understanding. The device they give you upon entering explains all the different items in each room and is extremely helpful. The architecture is amazing for that time period and in itself should be seen.
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Report | 2 years ago
It was a delightful surprise of the information we learned about the Hotel. Beautiful.
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Report | 2 years ago
Very nice, small museum. The audio guide included with the price of admission made all the difference in our experience of the museum. I would bring guests to the museum in the future. It is an interesting part of Tampa history. Ken is great with the parking. Parking is a challenge, but you know that already.
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Report | 2 years ago
Nicely done. Very interesting and informative. Wish we could have stayed longer to walk the campus, but parking expired after 2 hrs.
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Report | 2 years ago
Wonderful time there. You have made it so much more interesting and interactive. Thank you for the Plant and Tampa history tour.
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Report | 2 years ago
Everyone from the parking attendant to the personnel working inside the building were very nice and courteous. The place is beautifully preserved. Enjoed it very much.
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Report | 2 years ago
It was very interesting. It is part of the history of this area, i enjoyed seeing it.
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After becoming a success in the railroad and steamship industries, 1800s businessman Henry B. Plant set his sights on a new venture: building a luxury hotel near Florida's cerulean shores. His vision landed him in an area that was but swampland and sand in 1889 Tampa. But three years and $3,000,000 later—including $500,000 in furniture and art—he successfully opened The Tampa Bay Hotel, a 511-room luxury destination sprawled over six acres.

Today, Henry's architectural and engineering feat serves as the home of the Henry B. Plant Museum, an institution that educates visitors on Plant's life, the Victorian period, and life in early Tampa. Among the building's groundbreaking aspects, the hotel was among the first in Florida to feature electrified rooms and pampered guests with in-house billiards, a babershop, and a telegraph office. His guests even enjoyed in-room telephones and private baths with hot and cold running water, a lofty accomplishment considering man wouldn't invent soap for another 13 years. The museum has now been restored to its former glory, showering current visitors in Victorian opulence, art, and its historic achievements.

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