The Museum Is Open!
The reopening is in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the State of Florida, in adherence to health and safety recommendations outlines by the Centers for Disease Control, and following reopening recommendations from the American Alliance of Museums.
The museum closed temporarily beginning in mid-March, and will now reopen in a phased manner with substantial precautions for guest and staff safety and comfort. In addition to limiting capacity in accordance with state guidelines, the museum will require protective facemasks for all staff, direct guests toward online ticket purchases, and implement a regular schedule for cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic areas. During the closure, the Museum began offering two weekly live programs, on Sundays and Wednesdays. These online programs will continue through the month of June.
“The Henry Plant Museum and the preceding Tampa Bay Hotel date back to the 1890s, and these institutions have witnessed firsthand all of the tragedies and successes of our county since then. One thing that history teaches us is that we will endure and derive great strength as a result of overcoming our present hardships and challenges,” said Cynthia Gandee Zinober, Executive Director of the Henry Plant Museum.
Visitors are encourage to call 813.254.1891 prior to their visit or purchase tickets online.
The Museum is located at:
401 W. Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: Noon - 5 PM
Visitors are admitted until 4:30 PM.
January - November:
$5 children (4-12)
Last ticket sold at 4:30.
The Museum offers many accessibility features for all of our visitors. Look here for parking information and a list of accessible offerings throughout the Museum. The Museum & Museum Store accepts all major credit cards.
Please contact the Museum’s Accessibility Coordinator regarding any questions or concerns regarding accessibility for visitors with disabilities.
Lindsay Huban, firstname.lastname@example.org, 813-258-7302
Parking is available immediately in front of the Museum. If all these spots are full, there is a free parking garage, the Thomas Parking Garage, that is about a 5 minute walk through the University of Tampa campus. For a link to the campus map click here.
Designated spaces are located next to ramps at the north end of Plant Hall and at the back of the building for visitors with disabilities.
Restrooms are located off the main lobby on the first floor of Plant Hall, adjacent the Museum. They are accessible to everyone.
Service animals are welcome in the Museum. We do not allow Emotional Support or Comfort Animals, as they are not considered service animals under the ADA.
The Museum is accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. The Museum and restrooms are located on the first floor of Plant Hall, however there are 10 steps leading up to the first floor. Accessible ramps are located at the north end of the building and at the back of the building.
A wheelchair is available free of charge on a first-come first-served basis. Please ask the volunteer at the front desk for assistance. Advance reservations are not available.
Closed Captioning and Multilingual Subtitles
Closed captioning and Spanish, French or German subtitles are available on the 14-minute orientation DVD The Tampa Bay Hotel: Florida’s First Magic Kingdom. To request closed captioning, please ask the volunteer at the front desk when you arrive.
This service has been financed with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.
Audio Guide in Spanish and English
The Museum offers a complimentary self-guided tour using a hand held device. This tour is offered in English and Spanish. Transcripts of both languages are available in large print for use in the Museum.
Large-print brochures and an English and Spanish transcript of the audio tour (for use in the Museum) are available at the front desk. Large print labels are also available for some exhibits upon request.
Spanish, French and German Language Materials
The Museum offers its informational brochure, orientation DVD and self-guided audio tour in Spanish. The informational brochure and orientation DVD are offered in French and German.
White Glove Tours
The Museum offers “White Glove Tours” for visitors who are blind or partially sighted. To request this tour, two weeks advanced notice is required.
Upstairs Downstairs Live Theater
Transcripts of the theater performance are available for use during the performance visitors who are hard of hearing. To request a transcript, two weeks advance notice is required.
The Museum welcomes individuals with autism and their families. The Museum uses authentic 1891 lighting making some areas seem dim compared to present day lighting. Classical music can be heard playing softly throughout the Museum. The Museum is a lifestyle museum meant to recreate the authentic atmosphere of the historic Tampa Bay Hotel. Many of the objects are out in the open, however we ask that you do not touch the objects.
The Museum worked with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida to provide support and optimize the museum experience for individuals with autism and their families. Please read our story book below to help plan your next visit to the Museum.
The Plant Museum Story.