Online Exhibits

Online Exhibits


Henry Plant's Playlist: The Evolution of French Operetta in America
Learn the origins of the operetta craze that swept late-nineteenth-century America in this short documentary film, featuring performances from several popular works.

Gems from Olivette: The Sexual Politics of French Operetta
Learn about French comic opera in this short documentary film, featuring historically informed performances of popular songs from Olivette.

Signatures from the Spanish American War
Discover a rarely exhibited piece of Spanish American War history, an autograph album featuring the signatures of dignataries, journalists, and artists who joined U.S. Generals on the verandas of the Tampa Bay Hotel.

Music and Meaning: Spirituals at the Tampa Bay Casino
View a performance of a spiritual sung at the Tampa Bay Casino and learn about the significance of this musical form.

Dirty Laundry: True Tales of Women Workers at the Tampa Bay Hotel
This exhibit showcases the lives of the housekeepers, maids, and laundresses who labored at the Tampa Bay Hotel.

portrait of a bald, African American man, mouth wide open in a yell, wearing a suit and tie
Minstrelsy in Black and White
Explore minstrel performances at the Tampa Bay Casino.

a young man and woman holding hands with cheeks pressed together smiling, the wear old fashioned clothing and hats
Lucky Charms: An Opera, a Steamship, and Tampa’s Civic Identity
Enjoy a performance from a 19th century opera and learn about the connections between the work and the City of Tampa.

The Sportin' Life
Dive into the sporting lifestyle of America's grand resorts from the 1880s to the 1930s.


Ann Lowe, the First Internationally Recognized Black Fashion Designer
Learn about Ann Lowe and three of her gowns designed for Gasparilla celebration - including 3D scans of the gowns.

Strolling in a Perfect Paradise
Tour Henry Plant Park through a series of historic postcards.


Red Cross Nursing and the War of 1898: The Tampa Connection
Follow the path that led dozens of young women from New York to Tampa and Cuba in 1898.

Mr. Skinner, at Your Service: The Labor of Fine Dining at the Tampa Bay Hotel
Peek behind the scenes of the Tampa Bay Hotel's dining room and meet the men and women responsible for its epicurean delights.


Letters from Tampa: Two Spanish-American War Stories

Watch this short documentary film, featuring two eye-witness accounts of life in Tampa in 1898.