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“Step into a treasure of the past.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Henry B. Plant Museum

Henry B. Plant Museum
401 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602
813-254-1891
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Ranked #14 of 85 attractions in Tampa
Type: History 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.
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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“Step into a treasure of the past.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

The Henry Plant Museum is a step back into the past of a Tampa that was finding its early footing as an American city. Inside this unique architecture, they have an amazing collection of photos, furniture and artifacts woven into the story of early Tampa. The story of Mr. Plant and the hotel is somewhat like that of 'Citizen Kane', where Mr. Plant risked millions to build a one of a kind hotel filled with European treasures to attract Americans down to Tampa. This story even includes a chapter with Teddy Roosevelt and the Spanish American War. The veranda columns and woodwork are amazing craftsmanship, and so well preserved. Look at the wood doors, also incredible. Most of the building is now used by Tampa University, but this one wing was saved for the Museum. By the way, visit the main lobby also. Well worth the time for a visit.

Visited April 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great History!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Located on beautiful University of Tampa's campus in downtown Tampa. It was like stepping back into time...The hotel in it's heyday must have been stupendous. It currently is beautiful, although not much is left of the interior of the hotel. Highly recommend it if you are looking for something fun for a few hrs.

Visited October 2012
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St Petersburg, Fl
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“Old time Victorian Christmas at its best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

They have decorated trees, carolers, punch and the beauty of an historical hotel. It is a great place to visit even in February when old fashioned Valentines are displayed.

Visited December 2012
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Webster, New York
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“Unusual Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This wonderful museum is the old Tampa Bay hotel and the architecture is unbelievible. Not the kind of place you see everyday. Today it is part of Tampa College. It's a terrific piece of history and an insight to railroads and the cigar industry. Make it one of your stops while you are in Tampa.

Visited January 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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“Beautiful Building, Interesting History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This museum is housed in a beautiful historical building that is on the University of Tampa campus. Much of the building is now used as classrooms and offices, but the grandeur of the former hotel remains on display in many areas--in the museum and beyond. The audio guide is very helpful, as some of the rooms are very full of artifacts that would be difficult to sort out otherwise.

We took time to explore other areas of the building after our time in the museum, and I'm glad we did. We didn't take time to explore the garden area, though I'm sure that would be enjoyable as well.

My only complaint is that there are no restrooms in the actual museum. Patrons must exit the museum and use facilities in the University portion of the building. The location of these restrooms is not immediately discernible for visitors, though museum staff gives simple directions.

Visited March 2013
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