On the University of Tampa campus, in the south wing of the former Tampa Bay Hotel, is a museum that will transport you back to the elegance of the Victorian era.
The namesake of the Plant Museum, Henry B. Plant, amassed his fortune with railroads and steamboats. The hotel was his crown jewel, operating from 1891-1932 and hosting many famous guests, from Babe Ruth to the Queen of England.
After its closure, the City of Tampa leased the property for what would become the university. Today, the museum offers a glimpse of a more elegant time and Tampa’s beginnings.