that women will enjoy...
B. Plant Museum began life as one of
the grandest hotel of its time with famous guests such
as Mrs. Roosevelt, Clara Barton (American suffragette),
Sarah Berhardt (actress) and Wallis Simpson, the Duchess
of Windsor. Known for its minarets that pierce Tampa's
modern skyline, the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel showcases
the American lifestyle in the turn-of-the-century-Victorian
era and is now part of the University of Tampa campus.
The Plant Museum features an annual Gasparilla exhibit
showcasing early photographs, rare artifacts and authentic
costumes from Gasparilla's century-old history in Tampa
and also a Victorian Christmas Stroll during the holiday
season. The museum transports visitors back to the gilded
age and features Henry B. Plant and his wife as people
with vision and a desire to awaken a sleepy Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay History Center
is one of the newest permanent museum buildings in Tampa.
Located near the historically important Fort Brooke
reservation (the birthplace of modern Tampa) it contains
60,000 square feet of exhibits depicting almost 500
years of recorded history and 12,000 years of human
habitation in the region. Creative displays and the
newest in technology take visitors back in time to meet
the area's Native Americans, pioneer settlers, cigar
workers, immigrants and cowboys as well as military
and sports heroes. There's a wonderful replica of a
city cigar store complete with original mosaic tiles
on the floor and displays of old cigar boxes on shelves.
School children have the opportunity to create their
own patterns on clothing for Seminole Indians. Through
technology visitors become part of an enormous cattle
roundup via giant screen projections and much, much,
more. Leave lots of time for your visit here; there's
just so much to explore. Website: www.tampabayhistorycenter.org
Ybor City State Museum
tells the story of the immigrant life and Ybor's cigar
making history. The State Park complex covers approximately
one-half of a city block and includes an ornamental
garden and multiple restored cigar workers' houses called
casitas (little houses). Visitors can tour the interior
of one of the casitas to gain an appreciation for the
'shot-gun' style homes in which many cigar makers and
their families resided. The main museum facility is
housed in the former Ferlita Bakery building, a neighborhood
bakery operated by the Ferlita family, Italian immigrants
who established the business at that location in 1896.