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Henry B. Plant Museum
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$29.99*
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Tampa History Cruise
Ranked #14 of 197 things to do in Tampa
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Owner description: Once the Tampa Bay Hotel, this museum focuses on the hotel's role in the Spanish-American War.
Reviewed January 20, 2014

FYI: The hotel is now one of the main student buildings of the University of Tampa. The museum is located on one-half of the first floor (with its own separate entrance). The other half of the first floor and the remaining 3 additional floors are part of the university.

It is a beautiful building with exquisite decor, there's no doubt about that. However, the tour itself could be better arranged. For starters, there should be a guided tour each day it is open, even if it is merely once per day. Also, you can't help but get the feeling that they merely pushed all of the original furnishings from all four floors into this sectioned-off half of the first floor and called it a museum. Many of the rooms are packed to the brim with furnishings. The audio tour is ok, but tends to be a snooze fest. At this time, I feel that $10 per person is a bit steep. Hoping that the tour and room setup improve in the future.

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Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

This museum is a part of the University of Tampa. The architecture of the building is so unique in and of itself. Use the audio presentation as there is no extra cost and it explains the history and story behind all the furnishings that made up the hotel.

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

the museum is totally transformed to a wonderful old fashioned hotel at Christmas.
what a pleasure to walk around and enjoy

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Many folks are familiar with the often photographed spires of the University of Tampa, but many are unaware of the history of that building. It was once the Tampa Hotel and the museum highlights both the history of the hotel and Henry B plant, a major force in the shaping of the city of Tampa.

We visited during the Victorian Christmas stroll, so the museum was fully decorated for Christmas. The timing of our visit also meant that many of the students were away for the holidays, a definite bonus.

Each of the museum rooms was decorated in a different theme. this offered greater insight into the times of the hotel's heyday. it also meant that the visit was entertaining as well as educational. The museum staff added a little scavenger hunt which meant we paid a lot more attention to details and came away with a much better understanding of the early days of Tampa.

One room featured toys from the past and today. Boy did that bring back some memories.

I highly recommend the museum to anyone interested in the history of Tampa.

Thank PhotoBob79
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We have driven by the Museum and the University of Tampa many times. When we saw an advertisement for a Victorian Stroll thru the Museum decorated for the Holidays we knew we had to go and we were not disappointed. In addition to the holiday decorations which were delightful, we learned a lot more about the history of the Hotel.

Thank bucskin
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