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Henry B. Plant Museum

401 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602
813-254-1891
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Ranked #16 of 92 Attractions in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Once the Tampa Bay Hotel, this museum focuses on the hotel's role in the Spanish-American War.
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Huntington Beach, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The tour is self guided with an audio device. The volunteers were super welcoming and even the parking guy out front was friendly and helpful. The hotel itself is amazing and truly unique. The design, architecture, and history were so interesting! If you're in Tampa, take an hour or 2 for a visit to this hotel, which is also part... More

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Longwood, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This was not my first trip to this beautiful museum that was once a grand hotel and is now part of the Tampa University and I enjoyed it very much. My friend has some mobility issues and the attendant out front was great in getting us parked conveniently to be able to get into the facility. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN... More

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Tampa FL
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137 reviews 137 reviews
36 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I was with a group of ladies enjoying the recent Wedgewood pottery exhibit and the knowledgeable docent made the entire tour worthwhile. She seemed to have an answer to all our questions and even brought extra chairs in to some of the rooms for the older ones in our group to use. There was a helpful film explaining the history... More

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Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is one of the coolest buildings in Tampa. The inside is just rooms of random items. There's no signs or guides explaining what any of the rooms were or what the items were inside the room.

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Temple Terrace, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Henry B. Plant would be proud of the museum named for him that is located in his former hotel which is now part of the University of Tampa. We always enjoy the year-round exhibits and live performances, and look forward to the Christmas decorations and events. Cookies and tea on the verandah is a great way to sit, relax and... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The museum was in excellent condition; however, they were in the process of updating the wiring and thus the museum was in disarray. Our timing was off as the curator indicated that in a couple weeks things would have been back to normal. Unique property with numerous antiques and collectibles. Enjoyed the current exhibit on Wedgewood. Price incl audio.

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Cork, Ireland
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114 reviews 114 reviews
74 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I went to visit Tampa and one of the highlights on the guides was this museum, surrounded by beautiful garden and magnificent exterior, the interior it's kept in a modest way, the building of exhibition is just one side on ground floor in many rooms there are rest of fine pieces, art, decorative arts, etc some of the rooms are... More

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Tampa, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Parking was a bit hard to find but it was a nice way to spend a few hours. I believe we bought our tickets on Groupon.

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Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

An old hotel at the University of Tampa. History of the Spanish American War and Theordore Roosevelt Horses on rafts!!!!

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Manasquan, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Beautiful architecture. I wish more of the rooms were furnished with the period furniture. The gasparilla display was interesting enough and many of the mirrors on the walls were lovely. Did not like seeing a few rooms with stuff just piled on the floor to look at.

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