The Museum’s Origins
This quintessential Victorian palace features unique Moorish revival architecture.
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Henry Plant Museum interprets the turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel and the lifestyles of America's Gilded Age. Critical to the success of this mission is the restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark, an opulent 1891 railroad resort, and the artifacts significant to its history and the life and work of Henry Bradley Plant. Through educational exhibits and events, the museum transports visitors of all ages and backgrounds to the late Victorian period, the beginnings of Florida's tourist industry, and the early years of the city of Tampa.
This quintessential Victorian palace features unique Moorish revival architecture, opulent European furniture and art treasures of the original railroad resort. The past will delight you at the Henry Plant Museum.
Children’s toys from the era of the Tampa Bay Hotel, 1891-1932, will be on display. It will also feature toys from modern times. A contrast surely to ignite conversation from different generations! For Victorian girls there were dolls- dolls to dress and play with, and dolls with porcelain heads and fabric bodies to admire.Read More
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