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Picnic in the Park - March 10th, 10:30 am  - 3:30 pm 

Picnic in the ParkOur spring tradition of Picnic in the Park continues to evolve with old-fashioned flair.  Come early to get a prime spot of shade and plan to stay late into the afternoon. Victorian games will be available for all-day play and include dominoes, horseshoes, badminton, tiddlywinks, hoops & sticks and chess, and miniature golf. Entertainment on Center Stage includes Flexible Four Barbershop Quartet, John Lowry - steel drums, Tampa Community Band, Rose Bilal - jazz, and Upstairs/Downstairs theater featuring 1895, fishing and hunting guide, Arthur Schleman. More information 


You may bring your own picnic basket, chairs, blankets and coolers or you may want to rent a table for eight ($25). Email your reservations for tables by March 6 to  


Underwritten by Publix Super Markets Charities and Raymond James


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Sunday Tours - March 17, 1 pm


On Sunday, March 17th, a complimentary tour (with regular admission) of the Museum will be held. At 1 pm, Museum docent Cindy Xenick,  will lead a 35-40 minute tour of the Museum.


At 2 pm, Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel with Edith Roosevelt, Guest and First Lady, 1901. This 30-minute live theater performance will unveil Edith as she visited the Tampa Bay Hotel in 1898. Her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, was in town with his famous Rough Riders waiting for word to leave for Cuba and fight in the Spanish-American War. Later, as First Lady, she assumed her duties with dignity and character. Upstairs/Downstairs is complimentary with regular admission to the Museum.  

The Language of Jewelry  - March 8 - October 8, 2013

Brooch The new exhibit The Language of Jewelry will explore the messages imbedded in these tokens of love and loss, function and fashion as told in gold, silver, hair, precious and semi-precious stones.  Necklaces, rings, watches, brooches, bracelets and more will narrate the cultural and economic context in which jewelry was designed and displayed during the 1850's through 1930's. Each piece will highlight the beauty of nature and human artistry. Carefully selected pieces will illustrate how society, cultural changes and industrial developments influenced trends in men's and women's jewelry.

For guests and employees at the Tampa Bay Hotel, the story of their jewelry was one of adornment and an expression of sentiment and station. Rich symbolism was written in the motifs and materials that created their jewelry.

Peridot and diamond brooch courtesy of Barbara Smith Estate & Fine Jewelry 


Underwritten by Burns & White Auction Gallery, Inc.; Associated Watch & Jewelry Buyers; Specialized Property Services, Inc. and the Henry Plant Museum Society, Inc.

The Language of Jewelry Lecture - March 22, 6:30 pm 

CameoPanelists will discuss jewelry and the contexts in which jewelry was worn or used during the mid 19th through early 20th centuries.  They will explore the significance of jewelry from The Grand Tour, the symbolism of jewelry in popular literature from the period, and how it reflected one's status and self-presentation.  These topics will touch on the societal, cultural and industrial changes that influenced trends in men's and women's jewelry.  Panel members are Elizabeth Winston, PhD, UT Associate Professor of English specializing in 19th century British fiction; Charles D. McGraw, PhD, UT Assistant Professor of History specializing in the period 1877 to 1917; and Barbara Smith, Graduate Gemologist (GIA), owner of Barbara Smith Estate & Fine Jewelry and former estate jewelry buyer for Tiffany & Co., New York.

 Open to the public. Limited seating. Call 813-258-7304 for information.

A Great Day For...

A great day for visiting the Museum is when exciting events are happening nearby. Check your calendars and make a day of it!

Saturday, March 16th, 9 am - 3 pm
Chiselers Market
Tampa's favorite sale of new and gently used items.
The University of Tampa, Plant Hall

Saturday and Sunday, March 23 & 24, 9 am - 4 pm
All things vital to successful gardening, plants and gardening supply vendors, children activities, orchards, roses, food, yard art, educational speakers and innovative gardening demonstrations.
Plant Park

Museum Store

Looking for men's gifts?   

New arrivals of leather desk accessories, pens, business card holders, bookends, cigar holders, flasks, compass key chains, assortment of cuff links,  

travel chess sets and much more.   


Money clip  

Leather Money Clip $19.50
Bookends $99
Cuff Links
Cuff Links $39

Every purchase supports the Henry B. Plant Museum

Save 10% on all Men's Gifts!

This coupon must be printed and presented in person. Offer can not be used with other discounts. We encourage recipients to share the offer with friends and family!

Offer Expires: March 31, 2013

GREAT EVENTS...WONDERFUL EXPERIENCES at the Henry B. Plant Museum. Don't miss out on the fun!

Sally Shifke
Henry B. Plant Museum