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Henry B. Plant Museum

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.

Henry B. Plant Museum is located at 401 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Fl 33606. For general information, please call (813) 254-1891 or visit the museum's new website at www.plantmuseum.com.

 Book a Field Trip  

Contact Heather Brown, Curator of Education, for dates and availability at (813) 258-7304 or htrubee@ut.edu.

 Book Group Tours 

Contact Lindsay Huban, Museum Relations Coordinator, for dates and availability at (813) 258-7302 or lhuban@ut.edu.

Featured Events

The Great Gatsby Party - Nov. 11, 2017 • 7:30 - 11:30 p.m.
 
Get ready for the glitziest party of the year! It is a fantastic evening worthy of Jay Gatsby himself. Every other year Fletcher Lounge at The University of Tampa will be transformed into a 1920s speakeasy for The Great Gatsby Party. This fabulous evening includes live music, games of chance, fabulous food, an open bar and a photo opportunity with a vintage 1929 Bentley. Put on your best 1920s clothing and enjoy the party flapper-style. Proceeds will support the conservation and preservation of the museum collection, as well as community programs.

This legendary party will rival Jay Gatsby's parties in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. Instead of a Long Island home, this unique evening will take place in the fashionable Tampa Bay Hotel dining room. The roaring twenties will come to life as you whisper the password and sneak through gangsters to enter the party. Live music sets the tone for dancing and entertainment. Black Jack and roulette will be offered for those who feel lucky, and1920s menus from the Tampa Bay Hotel will be used to create food for even the most gourmet palette.