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“History comes alive at the old Tampa Bay Hotel” 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 #15 of 60 Attractions in Tampa
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.
Dunedin, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“History comes alive at the old Tampa Bay Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This was Florida's first magic kingdom for the rich and famous since 1891. This museum shares an intimate view into the grand life style that many famous guests enjoyed. As you walk through the different rooms, you are exposed to their decadent lifestyle. Since they did not have
iPhones, they busied themselves with tiddlywinks, horseshoes, dominoes & croquet. The Moorish
architecture and metal minarets can be seen as you exit the parkway. We went for the Sunday 2:00PM live performance of "Polly" the Telegraph Operator explaining her life and work at the hotel. The intimate and private performance further bought the hotel to life.

Visited February 2014
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Coshocton, Ohio
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“If it was only open!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Just happened to hit the museum on a Monday, the day they are closed! We did spend nearly two hours walking the grounds and inside the University Administrative offices that are also housed in the old hotel. That alone was well worth our stop. The design of the exterior of the building is breath taking. The interior is fantastic and contains numerous photos from the early days of this hotel. Can't wait to go back and see the actual museum.

Visited February 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Small museum but lovely!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed the museum. Small but lots of history to offer. We payed $10 which seemed fair for what you get.

Visited February 2014
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Hollywood
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“plant museum a must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

we spent hours browsing through this museum . most all highlights are numbered and you have a device that you press in that number and it tells you the history about that item. the hotel had to be the most grand hotel in its time . the architecture inside and outside is beautiful. we will definitely return to this place

Visited November 2013
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Connecticut
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“A gem of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

After several visits to U of Tampa, I finally had a few minutes to walk through the museum. I was surprised about the historical significance, nationally and locally.

Visited January 2014
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