Henry B. Plant Museum

Downtown Tampa

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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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  • $10 for a museum visit for two ($20 value)
  • $19 for a museum visit for four ($40 value)

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

Great museum. Learned a lot about Tampa
Ed J. · November 10, 2016
Really cool stuff to look at
Rebecca M. · November 8, 2016
This was a wonderful day at this museum. What amazing history we have and this hotel shows you alot of it. The pieces they had preserved were amazing. .May i suggest if you go to do the audio tour and bring earbuds to listen . This is a must do..
SHANA O. · September 12, 2016
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    Downtown Tampa

    401 W Kennedy Blvd.

    Tampa, FL 33606

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