University of Tampa, Henry Plant Museum, Tampa

Henry Plant was an industrialist in the Tampa area during the Glided Age. One of his major projects was the construction of the Tampa Hotel which was a major attraction for celebrities such as Thomas Edison, Teddy Roosevelt and others.

The Reading Room at the Henry Plant Museum decorated for Christmas.

Today, what was once a luxury hotel is the home of the University of Tampa along with the Henry Plant Museum.  The museum occupies one wing on the first floor of the building.

Exhibits cover a wide range of Gilded Age  moments ranging from a replica of a Rough Riders uniform to the very period realistic reading room complete with manual typewriter.

Filled with paintings and other art objects, the museum is a self-guided tour that can take as little or as much time as you want.

The former dining hall at the Tampa Hotel, now the University of Tampa.