january 2018

19jan(jan 19)10:00 am04mar(mar 4)5:00 pmGasparilla: A Tampa Tradition(january 19) 10:00 am - (march 4) 5:00 pm Henry B. Plant Museun, 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606


Event Details

The Gasparilla invasion takes over the Henry B. Plant Museum! Join us for an exhibit on the rich history of Tampa’s oldest and most fun-loving community festival. The new exhibit, Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition explores Tampa’s premier party, attended by a motley crew of the famous and infamous, the beautiful people and bad dudes.  Learn more about the early Gasparilla parades and enjoy vintage photographs from 1904 to the present. Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition will run from January 19th to March 4th, 2018 and is underwritten by Steve and Janice Straske.

This year the Museum is proud to feature three Gasparilla gowns designed by African American fashion designer, Ann Lowe.  Lowe began her career in Tampa in the 1920s and her fashions are highly regarded today.  She is best known for creating the bridal gown and bridesmaids gowns for Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in 1953.  Each of the Gasparilla gowns is rare and unique featuring elaborate beaded designs.  The gowns have never before been exhibited together.  They were worn to Gasparilla Balls and Coronations in 1924, 1926, and 1957.  The dresses underwent a two-year conservation treatment (underwritten by The Henry B. Plant Museum Society, Inc.) and were stabilized and repaired by Conservator Jessica Hack of New Orleans.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday, noon to 5 pm.  Closed Mondays and select other dates.  Admission is $10 per adult, $7 for seniors (65 yrs.), $7 for students and $5 for children 4 – 12 yrs.


January 19 (Friday) 10:00 am - March 4 (Sunday) 5:00 pm


Henry B. Plant Museun

401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606