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Henry B. Plant Museum

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Address: 401 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone Number: 813-254-1891
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Once the Tampa Bay Hotel, this museum focuses on the hotel's role in the...
Once the Tampa Bay Hotel, this museum focuses on the hotel's role in the Spanish-American War.
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What a beautiful spot! Who knew such a treasure existed? It's almost like the land that time forgot. Only wish it was still a hotel so that we could have stayed here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Very impressed that a member of the Plant family had built such a fabulous hotel. Just glorious and totally unique. Having paid to visit we were a little disappointed that was such a small area open to the public. Lots of interesting objects but just all pushed together. The introductory video was the best part and provided lots of information.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

What a beautiful spot! Who knew such a treasure existed? It's almost like the land that time forgot. Only wish it was still a hotel so that we could have stayed here.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We were only allowed to walk through the first floor of the museum side. It was a self guided tour. What we saw was nice and could imagine the early days. But very short... expected more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

You'll enjoy seeing the preserved hotel rooms and reading stories about people visiting Tampa 100 years ago, definitely worth a visit.

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Mastic Beach, New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
29 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The museum is in what was the old Tampa Bay Hotel built in the 1880s and is currently on the U of FL campus. The building is gorgeous--certainly not what you think of when you think of Florida and tropical climates. There is a small charge ($10 for adults, $7 for seniors) which is used for the upkeep of the... More 

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Oro Valley, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

What a surprise to see The University of Tampa housed in this magnificent building. The Henry Plant House was one of the famous railroad hotels built by Plant to attract visitors from back East. The history of this place is fascinating especially as it relates to the Spanish - American War. Teddy Roisevelt's wife stayed here before Teddy was sent... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Parking seems like it would be tricky if it had been a busier day but other than that it's an enjoyable museum

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Seeing as how it's not very big, we went after lunch at around 2pm. Gorgeous building. The rooftops are impressive from afar. The entrance fee is to keep the place going, so I didn't mind. The story behind the construction is super interesting. They have a movie about it, plus lots of artifacts. Pity it is so small, but that's... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

Lots of antiques, very close together sometimes. Interesting. The building is now located on a college campus...it is gorgeous, and the landscaping beautiful. There were many bridal parties taking pictures the v day we were there.

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Ridgewood, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We were in Tampa for a few hours before we were to head north and were lucky enough to come upon the Plant Museum in our guide book. It is located in the heart of Tampa and was donated to the University. It was a hotel (Tampa Bay Hotel) built in Victorian style at the end of the 19th century... More 

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