Henry B. Plant Museum
University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606
The Henry Plant Museum’s permanent collection is on display year round. Original furnishings from the opulent Gilded Age railroad resort Tampa Bay Hotel, now a National Historic Landmark, are on view as you stroll the historic halls. Exhibits feature artifacts illustrating the lifestyle of the Hotel experience in the late 19th century, the impact of Henry Plant on the development of Florida with his railroads and steamships, and the role of the Hotel in the Spanish-American War. In addition, the museum features a schedule of rotating exhibitions.
Menus: The Epicurean Experience
On display through December 23, 2017
This exhibit uses original menus as a starting point to explore the fine dining at the Tampa Bay Hotel and other Florida resorts from 1891 to 1932. These rarely exhibited menus draw visitors into the conversation of Victorian food, the source of food, its preparation, etiquette, fashion, and utensils that blend together to create the Victorian epicurean experience. Original artifacts including menus, photos, clothing, and utensils are on display.
36th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll
December 1 – 23, 2017
Celebrate the spirit of the season with the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas. Decorations are inspired by life in the 1890s, including representations of historic figures, recreational activities, entertainment, and important traditions. Antique toys and ornaments lend an air of authenticity to the event.
2018 Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition
January 19 – March 4, 2018
Shiver me timbers! Pirates, queens and lots of loot are yours for the viewing. Gasparilla memorabilia and booty, including objects from the very first Gasparilla in 1904, are on display.
The Museum’s content fits with Social Studies curriculum for 3rd-4th and 8th grades, though content is appropriate for 3rd-8th grades.
Groups should allow 1.25 hours for the tour.
For groups of more than 50 students, allow an additional 30 minutes for the live theater performance.
A minimum of 10 school students and a maximum of 85 people total (students, teachers and chaperones).
If school groups have more than 85 people, we can divide the visit over two days.
Children can be dropped off at the museum entrance.
Buses can park in front of the Vaughn Center.
Further instructions will be provided once reservation is confirmed.
Study Guide/Activity Guide:
The museum has teacher resources available on their website at http://www.plantmuseum.com/discover/learn/field-trips
Students are $3, teachers are free, additional chaperones are $7.
To make a reservation, contact Heather Trubee Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-258-7304.