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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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U of T (former Tampa Bay Hotel) and Henry B Plant Museum

Anyone visiting Tampa must visit the city's crown jewel, Plant Hall on the grounds of the University of Tampa. The former Tampa Bay Hotel was built by Henry B Plant as the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Anyone visiting Tampa must visit the city's crown jewel, Plant Hall on the grounds of the University of Tampa. The former Tampa Bay Hotel was built by Henry B Plant as the terminus of his railroad line in 1891. This Moorish style edifice, with its silver minarets, has become the symbol of Tampa. The Henry B Plant Museum is open... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Step back in time to the Victorian era when this building(now The University of Tampa) was constructed. It has great memorabilia and is a good value. It is on the edge of Plant Park off Kennedy Blvd and very close to the downtown area of Tampa.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I toured the Plant Museum with friends during the holidays. It was beautifully decorated for the season. I recommend that you rent the headphones to fully appreciate the history of the building and its furnishings. The gift shop has a nice variety of quality items. I bought a copy of the Tampa newspaper's article about the grand opening of the... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I got a groupon to visit the Plant Museum and it was awesome. I learned alot about the history of Tampa. It is worth checking out.

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Pulaski, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A beautiful and historic building that used to be a hotel. Here you can see how the rich traveled back in the late 1800's. You can photograph inside make you have the flash off. Parking can be a problem so come early. The view of downtown is great. There is a small entrance fee but worth it.

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We have always seen this beautiful building at the University of Tampa but had never visited the museum. It was fabulous. When you arrive you are given a self guided audio listening device. You can tour at your leisure. There is a lot of history there. Once you finish the tour, make sure you go to the University side to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I kept on walking pass this building on the opposite side of the river wondering what it was. It wasn't until an employee of the Art Museum recommended it that I decided to explore. I'm glad I did! The Henry B Plant Museum gives you an alternative and interesting take on the history of Tampa. Afterwards you can go into... More 

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Temple Terrace, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I am a docent (tour guide) at the museum so I admit that I am wildly prejudiced in its favor. I picked this museum out of all the other Tampa museums because it is unique: it is a lifestyle museum. It does not only display what one of the most special hotels in 1890's Florida looked like, but it teaches... More 

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West Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This is a fun place to visit. It's a beautiful old building that has been put to very god use. It's a great insight into the history of Tampa and it's founding unique history. Loved walking around and making believe what it would have been like to be there back in the hay day of the grand hotel!

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

A great place to see. your are able to walk through a lot of the campus. You can walk over to the rivers edge. Facing the river look to the right there is a beautiful white stair case that exits the river edge to Kennedy Street. The staircase is lovely and takes a great picture. You are also able to... More 

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