Unformatted Attachment Preview
April 12, 2020
Henry B. Plant Museum Building
The sophisticated Henry B. Plant Museum building, constructed towards the end of the
17th century, was initially the luxurious and grand Tampa Bay Hotel. Situated on the attractive
University of Tampa campus, this building is decorated with regal towering turrets (Tribune,
2018). The Henry B. Plant Museum is essential as it is the site for local and domestic tourism.
Furthermore, it contains the many exhibitions that include various animal remains and cultural
artifacts. Also, this is the center for cultural interaction as multiple people from different parts of
the world come to meet in this site and interact with their ways of culture. Therefore, the primary
use of this site is hosting the Henry B. Plant Museum and the library. Consequently, it is used as
a preservation and exhibition center for various cultural artifacts.
Therefore, the place visited is the Henry B. Plant Museum, and I went there. The reason
why I selected this place is following my interest and attraction towards the historical sites.
Besides, I have a tendency to visit museums because numerous exhibitions and people from
various parts of the world characterize the area. Additionally, this museum is situated nearby,
from where I currently dwell; this made it easily reach the place. Furthermore, following the
current social distancing idea, I did not want to go to a site far from where I was. I have visited
this museum in the past, and thus, I have the idea of everything in it. This area is located in a
quiet place, which provides an ideal place for reading and completing personal work. If I were to
write a book, I would select to write it from this location following the quietness of the place and
a feeling of nature that is offered by the surrounding flowers and hedges.
Some various operations and activities were going on in this institution as people could
be seen moving from one location to the other. Some went into the library that is within the
building while others headed to the museum. People were in their daily operations, while others
appeared to discuss various matters related to the museum. The type of people observed varied as
people from multiple cultural and racial groups were seen. Furthermore, there was free
conversation and interaction between people despite their differences. The compound of the
institution is well maintained and a beautiful place, which is believed to be the primary reason
why people spend more time outside. Therefore, despite the presence of a diverse population in
this area, most of them seemed to focus on various activities.
The ideas that are reflected in the observed behavior is the interaction between people of
different racial and cultural groups when they are brought together by a common goal. It is
apparent that most of the persons in this museum were strangers to one another; however, this
did not stop them from communicating with one another. Despite the reduced activities in this
museum, people still enjoyed being in this area. It is possible to infer that a good number of
persons were from the city where life is usually congested, and one may lack some personal
space or a place to relax. The cultural values reflected from this observation include collectivism
and individualism; this was depicted by the tendency of people in this institution to be in groups
while others prefer staying alone. For those who stayed alone, they signified those who promote
the idea of individualism while those who walked in groups signify the value of collectivism.
The issue of gender is another cultural value that came up in the course of the observation. Some
people segregated themselves into their distinctive genders. Males preferred walking with their
fellow males while females walked around with females.
In this fieldwork institution, the concept of diversity was very distinct as people from
various cultural groups were observed in this area. For instance, people from multiple races like
Black, Whites, and Native people were observed in this premise. The diversity was extended to
the languages spoken by these people; some used English while others used English. People
likewise depicted diversity in terms of gender and age; there were both males and females.
Furthermore, the diversity was also illustrated in the type of clothing worn by various persons as
some were in clothes that insinuate more of the cultural dress code while others were in modern
clothes. Religion is another aspect of diversity that was observed in this field institution. For
instance, I observed a woman who was in a Hijab that indicated that she was from the Islamic
religion. Further, as I was relaxing within the compound, an elderly person sat next to me, and he
began discussing some issues that were based on Christianity religion. Even though I was not
very conversant with the religious topic, I tried to take part in the conversation. Finally, there
were persons from various social classes in society; the type of vehicles they owned and other
things depicted this.
The information that I would need to fully understand the location is what motivated the
founder of the building to select this place and what is interesting about it. Furthermore, I would
like to get the views of those who have visited the location and understand their overall
experience with the museum. Additionally, talking to the employees in the museum would be
necessary to fully understand how they operate and some of the challenges they face in this
workplace. This would help in understanding the plights of the employees and the implication of
these challenges to the operations and services offered by the museum.
Tribune, S. (2018). The Henry B. Plant Museum Opens Its Archives To Reveal Rare
Photographs Of The Tampa Bay Hotel. Sunland Tribune, 29(1), 11.