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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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Dunedin, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Henry Plant created a Vegas property long before Vegas existed! Super cool architecture, gorgeous furniture, and a great collection of eclectic furnishings and art from all over the world. Henry and his wife went on international shopping sprees and brought back the coolest and weirdest stuff and threw it all together in a cultural mish-mash which ultimately caused his hotel... More

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Montgomery, Alabama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

If you like Architecture you will be impressed.. and the furnishings are extravagant if a little gaudy.. Easy to imagine the Wealthy relaxing on the Veranda.. More impressed on when it was built and what Tampa was like in the 1890s... Found it very interesting and wish it included up stair portion but currently part of university of Tampa... Definitely... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This museum was very interesting. The building is still intact and the pieces in this museum are absolutely amazing. The museum coordinator (Jose) was so nice and knowledgeable. He told us about the museum and a lot of the history behind it. I was very impressed.

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Chico, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I loved it! It is overseen by non-profit group of very dedicated local folks. For only $10 you can walk around on your own with a listening device that explains every room you see at the push of a button. For seniors it is only $7. I had to see every nook & piece of furniture and listen to each... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a very unique place with an amazing history. There's something for the whole family to enjoy here and an audio tour is included so you can learn more about anything you see!

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
36 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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