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“Interesting old hotel”

Henry B. Plant Museum
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Ranked #14 of 198 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.
Clemson, South Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Interesting old hotel”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

We visited this Tampa Bay Hotel in February 2014, and found it very interesting. The Moorish architecture, the fascinating contents, and the history of the hotel and the 1898 war with Spain made this attraction a worthwhile stop. It should take about an hour and a half. My wife and I were especially impressed with the period furniture.

Visited February 2014
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Orinda, California
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A great glimpse into the past”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

This museum is well worth the trip. Visitors are given wands that access recorded information at spots around the museum allowing you to stroll at your own pace. This is a wonderful way to learn about how people lived in past times and about the history of Tampa. The spaces are well preserved and contain lots of furniture and other items that were there when it was an actual hotel. Staff are very friendly and helpful.

Visited December 2013
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Dunedin, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
96 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“History comes alive at the old Tampa Bay Hotel”
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
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“If it was only open!”
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
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Small museum but lovely!”
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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