The Henry B. Plant Museum hosts a wide variety of programming.


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The Henry B. Plant Museum offers a wide variety of programs and events throughout the year.  Check our event calendar to see what is coming up next!

Blue Star Museums

Armed Forces Day - Labor Day
From Memorial Day through Labor Day the Museum is proud to offer free admission to active duty United States military and up to five family members as part of the Blue Star Museums program.  This program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums nationwide.


Free Saturdays

January - November, second Saturday each month
The Museum offers free admission to all guests, with special programming including a live classical music performance.

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel 

Sundays at 2 pm
Included with Museum admission

Step back in time and enjoy the single-character performances that bring turn-of–the-century Tampa Bay Hotel staff members and guests to life.  Based on original research conducted by the Henry Plant Museum, these characters recreate the attitudes and mores of a bygone time.


Special Events

Victorian Christmas Stroll

November 23 - December 31
Experience the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas at the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel during the Henry B. Plant Museum’s 42nd Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll!  Allowing visitors a glimpse of Christmas past, the event runs from November 24 - December 23 (closed Thanksgiving, December 24-26).

Picnic in the Park

Bring your blanket, pack a picnic basket and invite family and friends to experience the pleasures of a simpler time. Relax in the shade, or enjoy Victorian field and table games. We'll have strolling models in vintage clothing, live theater, and continuous entertainment on Center Stage.

An Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel

Celebrate Halloween at the Museum with An Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel.  See the Museum in moonlight and hear creepy tales of days long past.

Victorian Valentine Making

Elaborate, ornate, heartfelt. These words capture the beauty of Victorian Valentines. Discover this history of these gorgeous keepsakes and create your own treasures at our Victorian Valentine event.

Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition

An annual exhibit on the rich history of Tampa’s oldest and most fun-loving community festival. Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition explores Tampa’s premier party, attended by a motley crew of the famous and infamous, the beautiful people and bad dudes.

Teacher Appreciation Weekend

We invite Tampa Bay area teachers to visit the Henry B. Plant Museum as we honor their dedication to teaching our youth.  During Teacher Appreciation Weekend from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday, August 3rd and 12 pm - 5 om on Sunday, August 4th, admission is FREE for teachers and their families (up to 4 family members) with their school ID.

Archives Awareness Week

We are proud to participate in the City of Tampa's Archives Awareness Week.  Local archives come together to present their collections through exhibits and programs that convey the value of archives in the identification, preservation and conservation of historic records.

Museum Store

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the Museum Store.  Take advantage of in store discounts, local vendors on the veranda, and complimentary refreshments all day long.  

Volunteer Trainings
Learn more about the Museum and our Volunteer Council at our quarterly volunteer trainings. For more information on volunteering, click here.

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