Located in Tampa, Florida, the Henry B Plant Museum is located in the south wing of Plant Hall on the campus of the University of Tampa. The museum displays a number of artifacts from the late Victorian period. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. It is also available as an audio tour for smartphones. The museum offers admission for $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. Students and seniors are also eligible for discounted admission.
The Henry B Plant Museum was originally the Tampa Bay Hotel. The hotel opened in 1891 and cost $3 million to build. The hotel was designed by architect J.A. Wood, who was also responsible for designing the Empire State Building in New York. The hotel featured Moorish architecture, and the interiors were decorated in opulence. The hotel offered activities such as tennis, golf, and an indoor pool. It also featured spectacular tropical gardens. The hotel was also known for its 7-course meals. It was frequented by celebrities such as Clara Barton, Ignacy Paderewski, and Sarah Bernhardt.
The hotel was also a popular place for alligator hunting by moonlight. Plant built a railroad line along the southern Atlantic seaboard, and built several steamship lines as well. Plant bought two railroads at foreclosure sales in 1879 and 1880. These railroads were essentially destroyed during the Civil War. In February 1865, Plant returned to the South to reclaim his business interests. He also built a number of important hotels. Plant also believed in the economic revival of the South, and believed that the railroads of the South would soon recover.
In 1899, Plant’s wife Margaret commissioned a memorial fountain to honor her husband. The fountain was carved from solid stone by George Grey Barnard. The memorial fountain is one of the oldest public art works in Tampa. It was restored in 1995.
The museum offers a number of exhibits, including one on the Spanish-American War. The museum has also recently acquired several new items for its collection. The museum hosts a number of exhibits on the early years of Tampa, Gilded Age Florida, and transportation. The museum also has a number of artifacts from Plant’s travels to England and France.
The Henry B Plant Museum also has a number of audio tours. The audio tours are available for free for smartphones. The museum has a 14-minute film about Henry Plant. The museum is also open for Sunday afternoons from noon to 5 p.m., and is closed on Monday.
The museum has many artifacts from the late Victorian period, including the furniture and decorative arts that were originally in the Tampa Bay Hotel. It also features a number of exhibits on the railroads, steamship lines, and hotels that were operated by Henry B. Plant. The museum also features a number of artifacts from his wife’s collection.
Plant Park, now the University of Tampa campus, was once the grounds of the Tampa Bay Hotel. It is located at the end of Plant’s railroad line. The museum was originally located on the grounds of the Tampa Bay Hotel, and is now housed at the University of Tampa.