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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 33616. For general information, please call (813) 254-1891.

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

Picnic in the Park
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Roll back the clock a century and join us for an old fashioned picnic on Sunday, March 5, starting at 10 a.m. in Plant Park. Bring your blanket, pack a picnic basket and invite family and friends to experience the pleasures of a simpler time. Relax in the shade, or test your Victorian sporting prowess with challenges of hoops and sticks, croquet, horseshoes, badminton and three-legged races. Victorian table games will be offered including dominoes, checkers, jacks or tiddlywinks. We'll have strolling models in vintage clothing, live theater and continuous entertainment on Center Stage.

Blue Bell Ice Cream will provide complimentary ice cream. Two food trucks from Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally will have food available for purchase. Complimentary popcorn will be provided courtesy of the museum.

Live Entertainment (as of March 1, 2017)

Tampa Community Band - Conductor, Jahn Van De Putte
Flexible Four Barbershop Quartet
Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre
Lippe, Juggler
Victor and Esther Moreno, Flamenco Guitar and Dance

In addition to live entertainment, community partners will offer crafts and activities. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will be present at a table with some friendly dogs looking for a forever home. Visitors will be able to interact with the dogs. The Paper Seahorse will host Victorian paper-crafting on the veranda. Check out Big Cat Rescue and see some big cat artifacts. Major Gusto will be patrolling the park throughout the day to ensure that the proper Victorian fun and frolic is observed!

Picnic in the Park is a perfect opportunity to lull in a haven of rest and contentment on the banks of the Hillsborough River. Bring your own picnic basket, chairs, blankets and coolers, and enjoy the day. A limited number of tables are available throughout the park.

Step back in time and encounter what life was like at the former Tampa Bay Hotel with a special $1 admission at the Henry B. Plant Museum from noon-5 p.m.