Henry B Plant Museum

Henry B Plant Museum information

Location
Tampa , USA
Address
401 W Kennedy Blvd
Telephone
+1 813 254 1891
More information
www.plantmuseum.com
Prices
adult/child $10/5
Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Sat, from noon Sun
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The silver minarets of Henry B Plant's 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel glint majestically, testimony to the vaunting ambitions of its creator who first brought the railroad to the city – and then extended it so guests could disembark straight into the lobby of his 511-room hotel. Never-before-seen-luxuries such as private baths, telephones and electricity became the talk of the town, as did the hotel's European decor of Venetian mirrors, French porcelain and exotic furnishings. Now part of the University of Tampa, one section re-creates the original hotel's gilded late-Victorian world.

At Christmas it is particularly atmospheric as rooms are decked out for the season with decorated trees, antique toys and Victorian ornaments.