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Henry B. Plant Museum

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When you’re building a railroad to nowhere, how do you make the journey worthwhile? …. If you’re railroad magnate Henry Bradley Plant, in the midst of the sand swamps that would be Tampa, you construct the most astonishingly magnificent hotel of its day, then fill it with treasures from around the world. With its splendid Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings, and spectacular tropical gardens, Plant’s Tampa Bay Hotel attracted a host of celebrated guests, from Teddy Roosevelt to Sarah Bernhardt to Babe Ruth. A visit to the Henry B. Plant Museum and the authentically restored rooms of the Tampa Bay Hotel will transport you back to a time of indulgent 10-course meals, waltzing on the verandah and alligator hunting by moonlight.…The journey is still worthwhile. At the Henry B. Plant Museum, come experience the grandeur of an extravagant Victorian palace that opened in 1891 as the Tampa Bay Hotel and is now a National Historic Landmark. Stroll the grand hallway and enter magnificent rooms adorned with European furniture and art treasures of the Gilded Age. Experience the elegance of the Victorian lifestyle as a tourist in turn-of-the century Florida. The Museum Store features an enchanting collection of antique reproductions and accessories, jewelry, books, paper dolls, and many other unique and romantic treasures.

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  • Amenities:
  • Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Off-site Venues Nearby
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 1 - 2 hours, 2 - 3 hours,
  • Contact Information:
  • Group Sales Email sshifke@ut.edu,

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History Made Fun Coupon

Now - September 30, 2014
$2 off general admission to the Henry B. Plant Museum. Up to 4 persons. Leave your sunscreen and beach towel at home and cool off in our air-conditioned Victorian Palace. Escape the summer heat and discover a museum that transports you to turn-of-the-century Florida. Railroad magnate Henry Plant, in the midst of the sand swamps that would be Tampa, constructed the most astonishingly magnificent hotel of its day, and then filled it with treasures from around the world. A visit to the Henry Plant Museum and the authentically restored rooms of the Tampa Bay Hotel will transfer you back to a time. Don’t miss our exhibit The Pottery of Wedgwo ...Read More>> d, it will feature more than 60 examples of Wedgwood’s creations from the 19th century. The majority of the objects on display are from the Museum’s permanent collection from the Walton M. Smith bequest. Twelve of the pieces will be on special loan from the Birmingham Museum of Art, which houses the most comprehensive collection of Wedgwood outside of England. Read Less
http://www.plantmuseum.com

sshifke@ut.edu

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The Pottery of Wedgwood

Now - December 31, 2014
The innovative designs of Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) have been the standard for ceramics for more than 250 years. Wedgwood has graced the tables of monarchs, Heads of State and the world’s most prestigious hotels, including the Tampa Bay Hotel. Introduced in 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood, the distinctive pottery bearing his name has a legacy synonymous with luxury and skilled craftsmanship. Queen’s Ware, Black Basalt and Jasperware are his most famous designs applied to both useful and ornamental wares. The Pottery of Wedgwood features more than 80 examples of Wedgwood’s creations from the 19th century. These works are on display through Dec ...Read More>> mber 31, 2014. The majority of the objects on display are from the Museum’s permanent collection from the Walton M. Smith bequest. Twelve of the pieces will be on special loan from the Birmingham Museum of Art, which houses the most comprehensive collection of Wedgwood outside of England. The centerpiece of this striking exhibit is a grand floor vase purchased by Henry and Margaret Plant for the Tampa Bay Hotel. This monumental majolica “Swan” vase is one of the largest pieces of majolica ever produced by Wedgwood and is one of eight known to be in existence in the world. A fine ceramic dish painted by noted French artist Emile Lessore (1805-1876) and a bone china plate from the Theodore Roosevelt White House Service will also be on display. Read Less
http://plantmuseum.com

sshifke@ut.edu

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Victorian Christmas Stroll

December 01, 2014 - December 24, 2014
Experience the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas at the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel with magnificent rooms adorned with authentic Victorian-style decorations, elaborately trimmed trees, lush greenery, antique toys and imaginative ornaments. Complimentary spiced cider and cookies will be served on the veranda every day, and carolers each evening will perform music for our merriment.
http://www.plantmuseum.com

sshifke@ut.edu

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