|Tampa reporter Grayson Kamm features The University of Tampa's Plant Hall in a regular video series titled "Why Do They Call It That?" about area landmarks for WTSP-Channel 10 News.
The 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, now a National Historic Landmark, is home to The University of Tampa and the Henry B. Plant Museum. During the 1880s, Henry Bradley Plant was building an empire of railroads, steamships and hotels. He wanted that empire to have a palace and that palace was the Tampa Bay Hotel – now referred to as Florida’s “first Magic Kingdom.”
Today, the Henry B. Plant Museum, located in the south wing of the original Tampa Bay Hotel, features original opulent furnishings and artifacts from the hotel collected by Mr. and Mrs. Plant on several buying trips to Europe and the Orient. The museum transports you through educational exhibits and events to the late Victorian period, the beginning of Florida’s tourist industry, and the early years of the City of Tampa. Learn the significance of the hotel during the early stages of the Spanish American War and how Tampa was thrust into the world arena in the summer of 1898.
The museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day.
Museum admission from January through November is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 4 - 12 years. Henry B. Plant Museum members are admitted at no charge. During the month of December there is special pricing for the Victorian Christmas Stroll.
Please visit the museum's website to learn more.