Henry Plant: He's More Important Than You Thought

Presented by Henry B. Plant Museum at Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa FL

Henry Plant: He's More Important Than You Thought

A brand new exhibit on the life and legacy of Henry Plant.

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Plant’s birth, the Museum is proud to present Henry Plant: He’s More Important Than You Thought.  Explore the life of Plant and be amazed at the legacy he left behind.

This exhibit illuminates the different faces of Henry Plant.  Meet Plant the promoter, the man who proudly displayed Florida exhibits at World’s Fairs and expos.  Get to know Plant the employer, who’s transportation empire included hospitals and a hospital rail car for injured workers.  Become acquainted with Plant the early adopter, who incorporated all the latest technologies into his businesses and hotels.

Henry Plant’s impact expanded far beyond the Tampa Bay area.  After Plant spent the latter part of the 19th century creating a network of railroads throughout the southeast, travel became much quicker and more reliable for thousands of people.  In particular, the Waycross Short Line, opened in 1881, was a shortcut between Waycross, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida.  This cut considerable time off many a journey.  Plant’s vision included more than railroads, and his empire also included steamships and eight hotels.  Visitors to this exciting new exhibit will walk away with new respect for this great Florida visionary, Henry Plant.

This exhibit is graciously underwritten by The Bank of Tampa, Greenberg Traurig, P.A., The Lightning Foundation, The Saunders Foundation and The Beck Group.


Included with Museum admission. $10 adults, $7 seniors and students, $5 youth.

Contact: 813-254-1891

Email: lhuban@ut.edu

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  • Apr 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Apr 23, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Apr 24, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Apr 25, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Apr 26, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Apr 27, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Apr 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Apr 30, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • May 1, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • May 2, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)

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* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Henry B. Plant Museum

401 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606


Parking is available in front of the Museum or follow signs to the Thomas Parking Garage.


    • Assisted Listening System
    • Closed Caption
    • Large Print
    • Open Caption
    • Wheelchair Access

The Henry B. Plant Museum is certified Autism Friendly by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD).

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