South Tampa News
TAMPA — Mothers will enjoy free admission to the Henry B. Plant Museum on Mother’s Day.
With its Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings, and spectacular tropical gardens, Plant’s Tampa Bay Hotel attracted a host of celebrated guests, from Teddy Roosevelt to Sarah Bernhardt to Babe Ruth.
A visit to the authentically restored rooms of the Tampa Bay Hotel transports visitors back to a time of indulgent seven-course meals, waltzing on the verandah and alligator hunting by moonlight.
At 2 p.m., Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel will feature a 30-minute live theater performance of Edith Roosevelt’s visit to the Tampa Bay Hotel in 1898. Her husband, Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt, was in town with the Rough Riders waiting for word to leave for Cuba and fight in the Spanish-American War. Upstairs/Downstairs is also complimentary with regular admission to the museum.
Henry B. Plant Museum is on the University of Tampa campus at 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. For information, visit www.plantmuseum.com.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Admission is $10 per adult, $7 for seniors (65 and older), $7 for students and $5 for ages 4 to 12.