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The Sportin' Life

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

Ongoing
The Sportin' Life

Experience sports and recreation at Gilded Age grand resorts!

The Henry B. Plant Museum is pleased to announce The Sportin’ Life, a new exhibit exploring the importance and prevalence of sports and recreational activities at Gilded Age resort hotels.

Victorian sports and games are brought to life through historical photographs, promotional materials, vintage clothing, and early sporting equipment.  Rarely seen Tampa Bay Hotel photographs showcase both participants and spectators in diverse activities such as tennis, racing, hunting, fishing, boating, golf, croquet and more.  Visitors can admire early items produced by sports equipment giants Rawlings (founded in 1887) and Spalding (founded in 1876), including late 1800s baseball gloves and shin guards.  A baseball signed by George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. will delight all sports fans.  These and many more artifacts come from a variety of institutions including the Museum of Florida History, the St. Petersburg Museum of History, private collectors, and the Plant Museum.

The Victorian period was a time of innovation and change, trends illuminated in The Sportin’ Life.  Vintage fashions demonstrate how gender roles evolved, and how sports played a role in new freedoms and activities for women.  New inventions, such as the safety bicycle, replaced older high wheel models.  Even innovative games and sports, like golf and baseball, gained popularity at grand resorts and among the wealthy and elite.  Visitors to this exhibit will leave with a new understanding and appreciation for Victorian physical fitness and athletic competition.

The Sportin’ Life is graciously underwritten by The Beck Group, Raymond James, Regions Bank, and Smith & Associates Real Estate.

ADMISSION INFO

Included with Museum admission. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $7 students (12-18), $5 youth (4-11), under 4 free.

Contact: 813.254.1891

Email: museum@ut.edu

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INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*

  • Oct 20, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Oct 22, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Oct 23, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 24, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Oct 25, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Oct 27, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Oct 29, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Oct 30, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 31, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 1, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 3, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 5, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 6, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 7, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 8, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 10, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 12, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 13, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 14, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 15, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 17, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 19, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 20, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 21, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 22, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 24, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 26, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 27, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 28, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 29, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)

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

LOCATION

Henry B. Plant Museum

401 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606

PARKING INFO

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

ACCESSIBILITY INFO

    • 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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