Henry B. Plant Museum

Downtown Tampa

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In a Nutshell

Originally built as a hotel in 1891, the opulent museum educates visitors on the man who built it and American life in the Victorian period

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Museums bring history alive, like a skeleton found underneath your house. Dig up the past with this Groupon.

The Deal

  • $10 for admission for two (up to a $20 value)

The museum's current exhibitions include The Language of Jewelry, which features more than 350 pieces of vintage jewelry from the 1850s to 1930s. The exhibition runs through October 8.

Student, senior, and children's discounted tickets are available, but this Groupon still offers the best deal available.

Henry B. Plant Museum

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 two 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 some rooms included 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.

Customer Reviews

We really enjoyed the Museum.
Sharon W. · November 19, 2013
Small museum but interesting.
Hope M. · November 18, 2013
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.
Lawrence D. · November 11, 2013
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    Downtown Tampa

    401 W Kennedy Blvd.

    Tampa, FL 33606

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