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Henry B. Plant Museum


The Great Gatsby Party

October 10, 2015

Get ready for the glitziest party of the year! Tickets are available now for a fantastic evening worthy of Jay Gatsby himself. On October 10, 2015, Fletcher Lounge at The University of Tampa will be transformed into a 1920s speakeasy so wear your best flapper or robber baron attire. This fabulous evening includes live music, games of chance, delectable food, an open bar and a photo opportunity with a 1929 Bentley. The fun lasts from 7:30 - 11:30 pm. Proceeds support exhibits, important conservation of the Museum collection, and community and educational programs.

The roaring twenties will come to life as you whisper the password and sneak through gangsters to enter the party. The Ward Cook & the Blue Notes will set the tone for dancing and entertainment. Musical Theater students of The University of Tampa, directed by Professor Paul Finocchiaro, will perform a flash dance. Fortunetellers will be on hand and Black Jack and Roulette will be offered for those who feel lucky. 1920s menus from the Tampa Bay Hotel have been used to create food for even the most gourmet palette.

Tickets can be purchased through PayPal below.

The Great Gatsby Party is graciously underwritten by:
Billionaire's Club: TECO Energy and The Lightning Foundation
Banker's Club: Carroll Air Systems, Inc.; Hill Ward Henderson; The Lowry Murphey Family Foundation; Revenue Management Solutions; and The University of Tampa
Big Spender's Club: Ralph & Beth Garcia
Newspaper/Digital Media Sponsor: The Tampa Tribune,
Design/Floral Sponsor: Botanica International Design & Décor Studio
Fashion Sponsor: La France

Single Ticket: $100
(includes live music & food)

Bootlegger: $500
(includes 2 tickets, music & food)

Robber Baron/Flapper: $1000
(includes 2 tickets, acknowledgment on The Great Gatsby Sponsor Board, music & food)

Big Spender's Club: $1500
(includes 2 tickets, acknowledgment on The Great Gatsby Sponsor Board & Website, 2 tickets to Victorian Christmas Stroll, music & food)

Banker's Club: $2500
(includes 6 tickets, acknowledgment on The Great Gatsby Sponsor Board & Website, 4 tickets to Victorian Christmas Stroll, music & food)

Billionaire's Club: $5000
(includes 10 tickets, acknowledgment on The Great Gatsby Sponsor Board & Website, 4 tickets to Victorian Christmas Stroll, One-time 25% Voucher for Museum Store, music & food)



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.