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Henry B. Plant Museum

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Address: 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606-1450
Phone Number: 813-254-1891
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Well preserved historical mansion

Your children would not be that interested but if you are a Florida history buff this is worth checking out.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Your children would not be that interested but if you are a Florida history buff this is worth checking out.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Ponce De Leon parlayed with Indians here. Railroad Magnate built iconic H.B.Plant Hotel in grand Moorish Style, and Teddy Roosevelt billeted with officers during the Spanish American War. Beautiful riverwalk on Hillsborough River, and budding Univ. of Tampa campus make this a history buffs dream. Museum records the development, but the surrounding campus gives much more for free. Pack a... More 

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you enjoy history and want a nice, relaxing day out, consider Henry B. Plant Museum. There is much history to absorb while taking in all of the beautiful items.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must-see if you’re interested in the opulence and grandeur of the 1800s. The museum is housed in a small part of the main building, all of which used to be the amazingly opulent Tampa Bay Hotel. The museum volunteers were very friendly and welcoming and were keen to point out interesting things to look out for when... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such a unique building that has been very well maintained over the years by the University. Explains the history of Plant, his railroad and steamship company and the fact that the building was originally built as a destination hotel for his rail passengers. It was also the military headquarters for the army during the Spanish American War. Enjoy!

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Riverview, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is not bad but not great, in my opinion. The exhibits are informative but they are a bit dry and things seem like they haven't been updated in awhile. It's definitely not a museum that will be very engaging for children. There's nothing they can touch or explore and it's a rather quiet atmosphere overall.

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Enumclaw, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stumbled across this Museum by chance. I saw the great building from across the water and went to explore. The gentleman working on the park grounds suggested I go and the travel guide had a $2 off coupon so bonus. The docent working the front desk was amazing, not only did she explain how to use the self guided... More 

Thank Junkgirl2012
Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

If your into architecture this is a must see. The outside is extraordinary and the inside matches your expectations. It takes you back to days gone bye with many original artifacts. Self guided tour with individual audio players. The staff is very pleasant and helpful. Well worth the cost to see.

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Tavares, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

I love the University of Tampa and history of the Tampa Bay Hotel. It is the crown jewel of my favorite city. I've been wanting to visit this museum for years and finally found the time on a busy Friday when I should've been at work. Excitedly I walked through the mamouth brown doors.. And there the disappointment began. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Visit this museum! Do not leave Tampa without stopping by this museum. Learn about the origins of this hotel now part of the University of Tampa. Learn how the Elite of the 1860's enjoyed their summers.

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