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Henry B. Plant Museum

Address: 401 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone Number: 813-254-1891
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Ranked #15 of 59 Attractions in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
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Owner description: Once the Tampa Bay Hotel, this museum focuses on the hotel's role in the Spanish-American War.

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Orlando, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
55 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Went to this museum on a recent weekend trip over to the Tampa Area. $10 admission and audioguides can be purchased as well. The building in a part of the University of Tampa now but a portion of it remains as is was when this place operated as a hotel in the late 1800's to early 1900's. If interested in... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Have been to Tampa a few tines and noticed the striking minarets with half moons spires atop and never knew this was once the very historic Tampa Bay Hotel. So close to downtown hotels you can easily walk in approx 10 minutes. The hotel is now incorporated into the University of Tampa campus. The Henry B. Plant museum is small... More

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San Ramon, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If the plant museum was not sharing it with the college this could be a great attraction. Space is limited to show the history of the hotel. In addition they were in the process of decorating for Christmas so we had to walk around, step over,or look past all of the Christmas decorating going on. The tours are self-guided and... More

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Odessa, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I went with a group of people. We had a docent, and he was very informative. Its a beautiful place. I am planning on going back for the Christmas special of tree decorations! I hear its something I do not want to miss.

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The Bay Area, CA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

It looks mysterious at night with all domes lit up. When we came for a visit next morning, we discovered all the treasures of the world in one collection. People who created this house loved life, not just money! and they shared their wealth with other people.

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Parrish, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This building is amazing. It looks like a castle and the inside the floors creek and the finishes are very old....love it! They give you these remotes that you point at the area your interested in and you press play and hold it up to your ear like a phone and it plays for you to hear. Lots of interesting... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

On University of Tampa campus-- WOW. Stunning architecture & history. Pretty sure there are even ghosts (which is not a bad thing)!

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Tampa, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The Henry B. Plant Museum is located on the campus of the Tampa University. The building formerly housed the hotel which helped Tampa get its start as a tourist destination. The museum offers a hand-held device that you can use to hear about each of the rooms. The volunteer staff is very friendly and knowledgable of the museum and Tampa.... More

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Dunedin, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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
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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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