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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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This is a great pl;ace to learn about early Tampa history, the Pant railroad. his hotels and the Spanish American war. It's a quickie stop. You can be in and out in an hour or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

This is a great pl;ace to learn about early Tampa history, the Pant railroad. his hotels and the Spanish American war. It's a quickie stop. You can be in and out in an hour or two.

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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Small museum with lots of antiques and information on the railroad on the west coast throughout the turn of the century. A little pricey but free to the military. Interesting if you like antiques.

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Tampa, Florida
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87 reviews 87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is a place of Presidents and students. From Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders and the present University students. Beautiful setting along the Hillsborough River. The architecture of the building and it's minarets are enchanting, from a time gone by. The museum is small, but contains many interesting items from the past. Worth a visit, especially at Christmas time.

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Hampton, Virginia, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Had an afternoon to kill so my wife and I stopped in at the H.B. Plant museum. The museum is set up pretty well and has many things from the turn of the 20th century. The tour is self guided but you are given a speaker so you can listen to recordings along the way during your tour. It's pretty... More 

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Ajax, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We had some time to kill in the afternoon before a hockey game, and went to see the Henry B. Plan Museum. It's the former Tampa Bay Hotel. This is a lovely little museum, now part of the University of Tampa. Although you can only see some of the rooms on the first floor, you get a good idea what... More 

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Jacksonville, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Loved the audio tour of this grand hotel that is now a museum. Fun to see how the rich lived. You could even request a piano brought to your suite and if you could not play it, they would send someone to play it for you! The nannys and children stayed on the upper floors, there is a formal dining... More 

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Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I was amazed at the size and grandeur of this building which was once a hotel for the rich and famous, The Tampa Bay Hotel. The property had 500 guest rooms and a dining room that seated 800. The building now belongs to the University of Tampa with a small section being set aside for the museum. It is jam... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Don't miss visiting this turn of the century hotel that is now part of the University of Tampa. It is a quick stroll across the river from downtown and is a Victorian era gem that has been preserved.

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Hilliard, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Henry Plant Museum is in one floor and one wing of his old Tampa Bay Hotel that had 500 rooms for the rich that would visit Florida on Plant's railroad from the East coast in 1890's. Amazing original furniture, mirrors,and old history of Tampa. The surviving hotel is huge and unique. It is on the Unversity of Tampa campus. Some... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The museum was closed when visited but hey, it is actually the outside grounds and the buildings Victorian architecture that is worth visiting. It is actually located in the University of Tampa campus. You can get in the building for free , thus you can see most of the interior if you don't get into the museum. Parking is hard... More 

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