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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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Lovely and tells you all about early Tampa

I loved the laid-back feel of the museum. It was relaxed and quaint (even if my first house was older than the whole museum). Good value and worth a couple of hours in Tampa.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I loved the laid-back feel of the museum. It was relaxed and quaint (even if my first house was older than the whole museum). Good value and worth a couple of hours in Tampa.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Very relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. Short delightful walk from downtown Tampa. You really get a feel for what it may have been like when the Resort/Casino opened a century ago.The grounds are nice to walk around as well. The audio tour is excellent and easy to use. There are several special events during the year which are worth a look.... More 

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I learned alot about the history of the Floriida west coast and Tampa. Very interesting! Henery Plant sure left his mark on this beautiful area.

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Bellvue, Colorado
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69 reviews 69 reviews
36 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The design and woodwork is excellent. The place has really been kept up over the years. there are so many things to see you could spent hours trying to. The grounds are very noce to walk around in. There was no fee.

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Dunedin, Florida
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346 reviews 346 reviews
163 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

It is wonderful that a part of the first floor wing of this sprawling former RR hotel and now a university is preserved as a living tuern of the century...19th...museum. An architectural treasure with several silver turrets and a circular banquet/dance hall. Students run about. Walk the grounds to the river and perhaps you will catch rowers practicing for a... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Really enjoyed our visit. The history of the Tampa Bay Hotel is very interesting. What a fabulous place. Museum is just a small part of the hotel; the rest is now part of the U of Tampa. Museum has many pictures and artifacts. Excellent video of the history. Admission includes audio wand for self guided tour. We were there for... More 

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Nyack, NY
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Plant Hotel brought visitors to Tampa when it was a sleepy little town of less than 700 people. With its very eclectic architectural styling beckoning gilded age travellers to exotic central Florida, Tampa awakened into a thriving metropolis. The hotel museum gives the visitor a glimpse into a world of wealth and celebrity. Lots of very interesting European furnishings.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Has changing exhibits but most cater to a select group and most of Hillsborough County is never represented, even though it is a county museum! Good lectures but it is literally impossible to park to go to the museum when (often) events are going on across the street at the sports center. Prepare to pay a minimum of $5 and... More 

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I guarantee that this museum is different than any other you've been to. The museum is actually an old hotel and is now part of a university. The building's architecture was in a class by itself in the 1800's. The furnishings, clothing, rooms and chinaware are all on display. Social expectations and how people thought and behaved are discussed as... More 

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Tafton, PA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Extremely well laid out and very informative. It is at your own pace with audiophone. It is a wonderful look at the gilded age.

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