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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 89 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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Temple Terrace, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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12 reviews 12 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Only a few rooms and the ground floor corridor to view but a wealth of information about the grand hotel it was. A fabulous collection of decorative arts which despite the hotel's brief existence have been trying preserved for our delight.

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Tampa, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Having a daughter who recently graduated from UT, I had many occasions to go to the campus. The museum is nice, it has some history of the buildings and tampa. But the true gem is the campus itself. Walk through the halls and explore the building, you will definitely appreciate this fine structure a bit more!

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Tampa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

The Victorian Christmas stroll is the best. They have all the various rooms decorated with trees. The old hotel is kept up nicely, so you get a feel for how it was in that time period.

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Tampa, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Also throughout the year, been a few times with my mother in law and a very good friend. Very interesting. Great history of Tampa shown and the volunteers who staff it are very knowledgeable.

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