Henry B. Plant Museum at The University of Tampa

I am a bit of a historical junkie. I enjoy learning about the past and I'm fascinated with historic architecture. I love how when you tour places of historical significance it's like stepping back in time; you get a sense of what it may have been like back in the day.


Bryan and I made a day trip to Tampa. After our visit to Cigar City Brewery, I was ready to do some exploring of the old Tampa Bay Hotel which has now been transformed into the Henry B. Plant Museum.
Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa
Henry B Plant Museum
This 1891 National Historic landmark is a visual delight. This lavish hotel was a prime example of luxury that cost $2,500,000 to build and $500,000 to furnish; not chump change back then. 

The museum is conveniently located off of I-275.  The historic hotel has been part of The University of Tampa since 1933 when it was then transformed into the Henry B. Plant Museum. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday and costs $10 for adults. We got there close to 5:00 pm when the museums close, but we decided to see what we could in forty-five minutes.

The tour is self-led and you can begin with a short introductory video. Once you get a good understanding of how the hotel came to you are free to roam the hall and rooms. With your handheld audio device you can listen to various corresponding interviews and descriptions and such. Forty-five minutes was not enough time for me. I like to hear all that I can, so I was only able to pick and choose certain stories to listen to. I do think an hour and a half would be plenty of time to take in all the sights.

The architecture of the Henry B. Plant Museum with its turrets and domes is a true visual delight. One can envision enjoying an afternoon on the porch rocking in a chair and sip on some tea. Come step back and time and get a glimpse of what life was like for those fortunate to have the means to live an opulent lifestyle during the Gilded Age.
Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa


Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa


Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa


Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa


Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa


Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa

Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa

Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa

Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa

Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa

Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa

Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa
 Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm
 Sunday 12pm-5pm


*November 2013 Visit
Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa

~April 2015
Henry B. Plant Museum at The University of Tampa
Henry B. Plant Museum at The University of Tampa

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