Henry B. Plant Museum

#11 in Best Things To Do in Tampa
Henry B. Plant Museum picture
Courtesy Henry B. Plant Museum

Key Info

401 West Kennedy Blvd.

Details

Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Travelers like the setting of this museum and National Historic Landmark just as much as its contents. Housed in the Moorish Revival Tampa Bay Hotel on the University of Tampa campus, the Henry B. Plant Museum preserves a Gilded Age feel and affords visitors a glimpse into turn-of-the-century living and lodging. It also offers insight into the life and work of its creator, railroad magnate Henry Bradley Plant.

Those who've visited say the museum is a great experience if you love antiques, architecture and history – specifically Florida history, though they note parking can be an issue. The museum boasts several permanent exhibits, which feature the hotel's original rooms reconstructed with furniture and other artifacts to reflect the property's Victorian origins. The museum also features temporary exhibits, most notably the annual "Victorian Christmas Stroll," which takes place every December. During the holiday season, the museum is dressed in traditional holiday garb, including a 15-foot tree and 14 exhibit rooms are decorated with trimmed trees designed in 19th-century themes and antique holiday accessories. Visitors can enjoy live music every evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Plant museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors and $5 for kids ages 4 to 12 from January through November. Prices and admission times change in December for its Victorian Christmas event. Visit the official website for further details.

See all Hotels in Tampa »

More Best Things To Do in Tampa

Tampa Riverwalk
Armature Works
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 16
#1 Tampa Riverwalk

The Riverwalk is a 2.6-mile-long trail which runs along the Hillsborough River in Tampa. Visitors can walk, bike, rollerblade, enjoy public art and access any number of restaurants, stores, parks and playgrounds, bike rental shops and attractions, such as the Florida Aquarium and the Glazer Children's Museum, along the route.

Recent visitors were impressed by how well-maintained and clean the park is and noted that it's an ideal place to catch the sunset. You can access the Riverwalk from any number of places along the river. Visit the Friends of the Riverwalk website for more information and maps.

Read more
Visit Tampa Bay
See full list of Best Things To Do in Tampa »

Explore More of Tampa

Recommended

The 5 Best Kauai Helicopter Tours

See the Garden Island's far-reaching beauty from the air.

Holly JohnsonJune 14, 2019

The 6 Best Las Vegas Helicopter Tours

Get a thrilling look at the lights and sights of Sin City and its surroundings with one of these tours.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

20 Road Trip Essentials for Your Vacation

These road trip must-haves can help you save money, travel more comfortably and ensure you stay safe on the open road.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

13 Top Charlottesville Wineries to Visit

Sip a glass of Virginia's signature viognier as the sun sets over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Gwen PratesiJune 12, 2019

The 16 Best Seattle Tours

Explore the Emerald City's natural beauty and urban offerings with these guided excursions.

Lyn MettlerJune 12, 2019

The 24 Best London Tours

Whether it's your first time in London or you're a repeat visitor, you'll experience a side of the city you've never seen with these tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJune 6, 2019

The 21 Best Paris Tours

Enhance your visit to the City of Love with one of these top tours.

Claire LawtonJune 5, 2019

The 20 Best New York City Tours

These guided tours help make the most of your time in the Big Apple.

John RodwanJune 4, 2019

The 24 Best Rome Tours

Enjoy the efficiency of an organized tour led by experts who bring Rome's history to life.

Kyle McCarthyMay 31, 2019

The 8 Best Savannah Ghost Tours

Prove you're not afraid of the dark by taking one of these terrifying tours.

Gwen PratesiMay 31, 2019