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Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa

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The Henry B. Plant Museum is located in the south wing of Plant Hall on the University of Tampa's campus, at 401 West Kennedy Boulevard. Plant Hall was formerly known as the Tampa Bay Hotel, which was a 511-room resort hotel opened on February 5, 1891 by Henry B. Plant near the terminus of his rail line. The museum's exhibits focus on Gilded Age tourism, the elite lifestyle of the hotel's guests, and the building's use during the Spanish–American War. It was designed by architect J.A. Wood who also created the old Hillsborough County Courthouse and the Oglethorpe Hotel.

The museum is open to the public every day except Monday and major holidays. During the Christmas holiday season, the museum hosts the annual Victorian Christmas Stroll.

The entire building (under the title of Tampa Bay Hotel) is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, designated as such on December 5, 1972. On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter placed the building on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.
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  • Moorish styled building is very rare in the United’s States. A lot of artifacts of Henry’s family, enjoyed visiting this museum. Free parking.  more »
  • First of all, I love the campus of UT!! We toured the Plant Museum as it is attached to the main hall of the university. You have to scan the Q code on the phone for an automated tour. It was...  more »
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  • It's a wonderful piece of Tampa's history. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The first Friday of every month from 5-7 p.m. the museum is free with a guided tour. They have live music. This month they featured a jazz trio. They had lemon water and a variety of cheese and crackers, mixed fresh fruit to enjoy while listening to the music on the front veranda. The hotel was innovative, (having electric lights and an elevator) unique, lavish decorations. A must see.
  • This is a beautifully maintained piece of history! Back to the luxurious days when the building was the Grand Bay Hotel. Rooms are decorated with original pieces and placed as they were when guests were in residence. Very interesting to learn about the impact this man (Henry Plant) had on the state of Florida. Lovely gift shop with unique items. Admission is free with a N.A.R.M. membership.

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