‪Henry B. Plant Museum‬

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FERNANDO A
‪Puebla‬, المكسيك7,516 مساهمة
‪Precioso‬
زوجان • سبتمبر 2021
‪Es un museo fuera de lo común, un antiguo hotel hecho museo, la visita vale muchísimo la pena, aparte la mayoría de lo que hay adentro todavía está en muy buen estado y es original‬
كُتب بتاريخ 8 سبتمبر 2021
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Rich
ماوي, هاواي7 مساهمات
‪A wonderful museum to learn about Tampa‬
زوجان • أغسطس 2021
‪Small but jam packed with interesting artifacts of the Tampa Bay Hotel and Henry B. Plant. So much awesome history on the contributions of Plant to the building of the city of Tampa. Well worth the $8 pp admission ($10 pp without coupon), and free parking as well. Highly recommend!‬
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Dan A
‪Alpharetta‬, جورجيا902 مساهمة
‪Masks now required!‬
الأصدقاء • أغسطس 2021
‪Road trip! What a wonderful place to visit. So much Florida and Tampa history in this beautiful old structure. If you enjoy history, this is a must see. Unfortunately, effective yesterday, 8/17/21, they are now requiring masks to be worn inside the facility. No signs to that effect. An absolute disgrace to those of us who are fully vaccinated.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 18 أغسطس 2021
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Barbara E
43 مساهمة
‪Gilded Age Gem‬
يوليو 2021
‪Because this museum has some rooms and areas set with the same furnishings used when it was a Luxury Railroad Resort, visiting it is an opportunity to travel as the most wealthy did during the Gilded Age. The audio tour is extensive and informative, as are the wall descriptions and the short film.
As a section of the University of Tampa Administration building, this important example of a Railroad Resort Hotel continues to evolve, even as it retains the original architecture and design.
Anyone interested in art, architecture, or history should visit this gem of a museum.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 18 يوليو 2021
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Jacqueline G
سانت لويس, ‪Missouri‬193 مساهمة
‪A Gem in Tampa!‬
مارس 2021
‪Great place to visit. It is America's only surviving Victorian railroad resort hotel museum. The furnishings are opulent. There is an audio tour of the many rooms.
Another plus is the use of the building. The Museum occupies a portion of the old Hotel and the University of Tampa the remainder of the building.‬
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Diane K
‪Venice‬, فلوريدا3,607 مساهمات
‪Nice way to spend an hour‬
زوجان • يونيو 2021
‪My husband and I enjoyed learning about Plant and the hotel. The building is quite impressive when you drive up. You can park right on the street across from the entrance or park for free at the Thomas Parking Garage which is about a five minute walk. We spent an hour at the museum and then walked through a section of the University of Tampa which shared the hotel structure. The audio that was free on your phone was well done.‬
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Marnette S
‪Webster‬, فلوريدا1,872 مساهمة
‪The Plant Museum: Florida’s First Magic Kingdom‬
زوجان • يونيو 2021
‪We discovered the Plant Museum on a day trip to Tampa. Built in 1891 by railroad magnate Henry B. Plant and a friendly competitor of Flagler, it was known as the Tampa Bay Hotel, now part of the University of Tampa campus. Plant was known as "the king of Florida" and the founder of the Plant System of railroad, steamship and hotels, kind of like a forerunner of the prepackaged tour concept. Justifiably, the hotel resort is known as "Florida's First Magic Kingdom."

After the Civil War, Plant bought small bankrupt railroad companies and connected them in southern states. He build an empire by including steamship service from Nova Scotia to Cuba and a chain of eight Florida hotels. The Tampa Bay Hotel (TBH) was one of them. The hotel was built in the style of a Moorish palace complete with minarets, costing $2.5 million of his personal fortune to build and another half million to furnish. Plant and his wife traveled to Europe to buy furnishings for the hotel that filled 41 train cars.

When Plant built the Gilded Age hotel, Tampa was a sleepy fishing village on the banks of the Hillsborough River. The architect designed a luxurious resort, the most modern of its day. Electric lighting, private baths, telephones and elevators were among the amenities. Steel rails embedded in poured concrete floors made it virtually fireproof and hurricane proof. The resort operated for 40 years and was visited by Babe Ruth, Edison, Churchill and many others.

The TBH is the nation's only Victorian railroad museum built as a winter resort. Electric lighting was rare in the 19th Century. Today, the museum recreates the original lighting with reproduction Edison carbon filament bulbs. Every room in the hotel features the "keyhole" window, patterned after a skeleton key which allowed natural light into the rooms. The hotel has withstood hurricanes but some of the windows have been blown out.

The hotel employed its own guide for hunting and fishing trips. Tennis, golf, horse racing, dancing, boating and swimming were available. The hotel gained international recognition in 1898 when it served as headquarters for the US Army during the Spanish-American War. The University of Tampa took it over in the 30s and houses offices and the Science Department in one of the wings.

We spent two hours touring the first floor museum in awe of both the building and furnishings. It is difficult to imagine the wealth of the Gilded Age and those privileged to visit such a resort. Be sure to take a picture of the QR code in the reception area to download an excellent audio guide. There are no object labels on the original furnishings so the guide along with informational signage outside each exhibit room brings the hotel to life. After our tour, we left the museum proper to explore other parts of the building which are part of the university. We climbed stairs to the second floor to see former hotel rooms converted to university offices. Every room had the signature keyhole window above the door.

A special exhibit: “When the Train Comes Along: Booker T. Washington at the Tampa Bay Casino” runs at the museum until December 23.

Another convenient, free attraction just across the street from the museum is the Henry B. Plant Park Phone Tour. Pick up a brochure at the desk. The park is Tampa's oldest and largest public botanical garden also established in 1891. There are nine sites on the tour accessible by calling a phone number printed on the brochure. Sites include: The Dogs; The Desoto Oak; The Creek; Sticks of Fire; Palm Walk; The Folly; The Flagpole; Star Shaped Bed; Transportation Sculpture. I listened to the 12-minute narration after we left since we didn't have time to visit the park.

IF YOU GO: The museum is closed on Monday and select holidays and open January-November: Tuesday-Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from noon-5 with extended hours during the Victorian Christmas Stroll. We were lucky to find a (Saturday) parking spot right in front of the museum; free parking is available in the nearby garage on North Boulevard and North A. St. Admission: $10 for adults; $7 for seniors and students; $5 for children 4-12. Restrooms are available in the building but not the museum proper. A 14-minute historical video which introduces Plant and his system is a good way to start your self-guided tour.

Between the museum and the park tour, you could easily spend the day.
كُتب بتاريخ 8 يونيو 2021
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Lisa J
تامبا, فلوريدا115 مساهمة
‪Bigger and better than expected!‬
العائلة • مايو 2021
‪Nice museum that talks about the rich history of Plant Hall on the campus of the University of Tampa. It was much bigger than expected and was very educational. I would recommend going if you live in Tampa or are a tourist wanting to know some fun details about how Plant influenced the city!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 24 مايو 2021
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radx4
‪Ellicott City‬, ‪Maryland‬2,234 مساهمة
‪Interesting Museum‬
مارس 2021
‪We had no idea what to expect on a recent visit to the Henry B. Plant Museum. I had never even heard of Henry B. Plant. However, we quickly learned that he was an industrialist who owned and operated a series of railroads and hotels in throughout south. The hotel in Tampa was the crown jewel of the properties and played a big role in the growth of Tampa as a city and tourism destination.

The museum occupies part of the lower level of the building, which is now used house a variety of functions for the University of Tampa. There are many rooms to visit, and the hotel has been nicely restored. We quickly discovered a rich and interesting history.

There is an audio tour available for free, which you can access using a smartphone by scanning QR codes in each of the rooms. I thought the audio tour was actually very nice and explained each of the displays nicely. It made the tour more enjoyable than just reading placards.

Parking at the Museum is a little bit limited and the lot was full when we stopped by.
Note that there is typically a staff member outside to direct visitor to available parking. We ended up parking at the university parking garage which is about a half-mile away. There was no cost to park, which is nice.

Overall, I would highly recommend the Henry B. Plant museum to anyone who's interested in the history of Tampa or Florida in general.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 8 أبريل 2021
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Hal93
‪Hollywood‬, فلوريدا465 مساهمة
‪Most beautiful building in Tampa‬
زوجان • مارس 2021
‪If you’re in Tampa you MUST visit this building. Well worth the small entrance fee to go inside and learn about the history of Henry B Plant and his hotels, of which, this was probably the most luxurious. He created Florida’s first magic kingdom long before Disney ever did.
Even if you don’t go inside you should still visit to marvel at the exotic oriental/moorish style of the building and take pics. It’s truly splendid. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 21 مارس 2021
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