Henry B. Plant Museum

Hillsborough County Arts in Education Program


Henry B. Plant Museum

University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

The Henry B. Plant Museum interprets the Tampa Bay Hotel at the turn of the century; the Victorian lifestyles and history of America’s Gilded Age; the life and significant contributions of the visionary builder, steamship and railroad magnate Henry Bradley Plant in the development of Florida and Tampa Bay; and the role of the Hotel in the Spanish-American War. Through educational exhibits of original furnishings and artifacts and a dynamic docent-led tour, students are transported to the late Victorian period and immersed in the opulence of the Tampa Bay Hotel and its rich history.

Exhibition Schedule:

Menus: The Epicurean Experience
On display through December 23, 2017

Menus: The Epicurean Experience

Menus: The Epicurean Experience

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, 2018

36th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll

36th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll

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.

2019 Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition
January – February 2019

2018 Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition

2018 Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition

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.


Curriculum Connections:

The Museum’s content fits with Social Studies curriculum for 3rd-4th and 8th grades, though content is appropriate for 3rd-8th grades.



Tour Length:

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.

Bus Parking:

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.

Reservation Instructions:

To make a reservation, contact Heather Trubee Brown at htrubee@ut.edu or 813-258-7304.