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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...
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Ajax, Canada
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Ajax, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

For anyone interested in the life of the well to do during the 1890s, this museum is a must see. The self-guided audio tour takes about 2 hours. If you can imagine yourself as a guest at the hotel, it is a fascinating tour. Probably not the best for those with no interest in history; but for everyone else, a... More 

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Spokane, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This building was, and is, a remarkable example of High Victorian Design. It was one of the very first hotels in the country which was designed to use electricity in all of the rooms. With five hundred rooms covering six acres, it was also one of the biggest hotels in the world during its day. Only a very small part... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

If you're visiting Tampa and wonder what those silver minarets are near downtown, as we did, they are part of an 1890s luxury hotel, The Tampa bay inn. For $10 you can do a self guided tour of the high end hotel and see the original furnishings and artwork. It's well worth the two or three hours to do.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This was a very interesting museum. I did not know anything about Henry Plant until we arrived. It takes about two hours to go through. If you cross the lawn past the fountain there is a beautiful spot to sit at the river's edge. The river walk is just across the river.

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