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Plant Museum Exhibits Victorian Christmas Stroll

Published: December 07, 2007

As the holiday season unfolds, the Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa is bringing the past to life with the 26th annual Victorian Christmas Stroll.

Chosen as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s top 20 events for the month of December, the Victorian Christmas Stroll sees the Plant Museum completely transformed into a lavish holiday display that hearkens back to Christmas during the Gilded Age.

Each of the museum’s 13 rooms is elaborately decorated in the Victorian holiday tradition. Visitors will find themselves immersed in the atmosphere of an 18th century Christmas in the Tampa Bay Hotel, complete with ornate Christmas trees, lush greenery and antique children’s toys scattered throughout the museum.

The stroll was first introduced as a candlelight tour of the museum, which grew in popularity each year, according to Sally Shifke, relations coordinator for the Plant Museum.

“It has become a holiday family tradition for many people,” Shifke said. “We have about a third of our museum admissions for the year during the stroll – about 15,000 people in three weeks.”

The stroll also presents visitors the unique opportunity to tour the Plant Museum at night, Shifke said, with the museum’s regular hours being extended from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The Victorian Christmas Stroll lasts through Dec. 23. Admission is $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 11. UT students are admitted free.

The museum store will also offer various gifts and holiday accessories through Dec. 23.

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