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  • Website
    plantmuseum.com
  • Hours
    Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Mon Closed
    Tue-Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tips

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Sharon W.
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Report | a year ago
We really enjoyed the Museum.
Hope M.
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Report | a year ago
Small museum but interesting.
Heather G.
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Report | a year ago
It was a delightful surprise of the information we learned about the Hotel. Beautiful.
Maureen B.
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Report | a year ago
Nicely done. Very interesting and informative. Wish we could have stayed longer to walk the campus, but parking expired after 2 hrs.
mary w.
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Report | a year 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.
Marilyn C.
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Report | a year ago
It was very interesting. It is part of the history of this area, i enjoyed seeing it.
Mark C.
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Report | a year ago
This is a self guided walking tour that is very informative. I enjoyed the history of this beautiful hotel.
jane b.
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Report | a year ago
Henry Plant Museum is wonderful! A piece of Florida history. So beautiful and well done.
Louise S.
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Report | a year ago
One visit is not enough to see everything. We also want to go in Dec. to see the Hotel decorated for Christmas.
Sheila K.
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Report | a year ago
The museum and TU campus are beautiful, with so much history to see and learn. Very personalized service, both in parking and in the museum. I can't wait to return for the Christmas décor in December.
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From Our Editors

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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