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Central Florida

Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden in Winter Park, FL is dedicated to promoting the legacy of internationally known Czech-American sculptor, Albin Polasek, and to enrich lives through the power of inspiration conveyed by his STORY, SETTING and ART.  Featuring docent-led tours of Albin Polasek’s historic home daily Tuesday through Sunday and of the Historic Capen House Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

For more information, visit polasek.org.

American Space Museum

Inside the American Space Museum, located near Space View Park in downtown Titusville, you will find many one-of-a-kind, priceless artifacts and displays donated by the astronauts, space workers, NASA, and space contractors involved in the various manned missions.

The museum also houses working consoles from Launch Pad 36A and a Model 4 Sequencer from Launch Pad 16. These are used by our visitors providing a hands-on exposure to the mission control environment.

Visit americanspacemuseum.org for more information.

Art & History Museums - Maitland

Stroll through the campus of the only National Historic Landmark in Central Florida, built in 1937, to discover working artist studios and Mayan Revival architecture including 200+ murals & sculptures. Just minutes from downtown Orlando, the five museums comprising Art & History Museums – Maitland feature countless opportunities to experience hands-on history and fine art exhibitions. The museums include: Maitland Art Center, Maitland Historical Museum, Telephone Museum, Waterhouse Residence Museum, and Carpentry Shop Museum. Featuring the Art31: Fiber exhibition March 2- April 22.

For more information, visit artandhistory.org.

Explorations V

Explorations V is located in the heart of historic downtown Lakeland, Florida. It is the only children’s museum in Polk County and has served 1.5 million visitors since opening in 1991. Our mission is to provide a hands-on, fun-filled adventure in learning for children and families through cultural exhibits, educational programs, and events in the arts & sciences.

This is accomplished via three floors of kid-powered interactive exhibits and programs that celebrate the five senses, hence the “V” in the name. Exhibits & programs are designed with hidden learning concepts complementing standards for PreK through 5th grade. Art and science are the pathways for many learning concepts, freeing the child’s creativity and unleashing the power of play!

Featuring “Motion Commotion” in March, educational, art, and literacy programs will revolve around motion, force, and Newton himself.

For more information, visit explorationsv.com.

Halifax Historical Society Museum

The Halifax Historical Society, incorporated in 1949, celebrates its 69th Anniversary in 2018. It is the oldest historical society and museum in Volusia County. The museum opened in 1959 and celebrates its 59th year in 2018. 

The Halifax Historical Society Museum displays and preserves local historic artifacts from 5,000 BC to the present day. The Merchants Bank Building, which houses the Halifax Historical Society Museum, celebrates its 108th anniversary in 2018, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Exhibits include artifacts of Native Americans, early pioneers, a Racing Zone, a War Zone (World War I & WWII), Grandma's Attic, and a Surfer's Corner. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Visit halifaxhistorical.org for more information. 

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Explore an amazing 50-acre botanical oasis minutes from downtown Orlando. Each garden is designed specifically to further our mission: inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants. The garden and historical home were donated to the City of Orlando in 1961 by Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane. We hope you enjoy your visit. (NOTE: Leu House Museum will be closed for repairs due to Hurricane Irma; however, the gardens and grounds are open for tours.)

For more information, visit leugardens.org.

Henry B. Plant Museum

With its magnificent Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings, and tropical gardens, a visit to the restored rooms of the former Tampa Bay Hotel will transport you to Victorian splendor. Experience the elegance of the Victorian lifestyle as a tourist in turn-of-the century Florida. Docent and audio tours available. National Historic Landmark. Extraordinary Museum Store. Featuring Imperial Designs: From the Hapsburg’s Herend to the Romanov’s Faberge, opening March 23.

Visit plantmuseum.com for more information.

Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida is located in Maitland and is one of the oldest facilities of its kind. The museum is open to the public free of charge six days each week, and houses permanent and temporary exhibits.

The Center’s mission is to use the history and lessons of the Holocaust to build a more inclusive community free of antisemitism and all forms of prejudice and bigotry. Featuring Parallel Journeys, telling the stories of six teenagers who were witnesses, perpetrators, and victims of World War II and the Holocaust. 

Visit holocaustedu.org for more information.

Museum of Art – DeLand

The Museum of Art – DeLand promotes, fosters and encourages the creation, understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts by exhibiting selected works of national and international significance, supplemented by interpretive educational programming. 

Presently the Museum changes exhibitions, which feature two- and three-dimensional works of artistic significance, quarterly in both gallery locations at 100 and 600 N Woodland Blvd in DeLand. See the website for information on tours, lectures, workshops, and exhibition schedules. 

Visit moartdeland.org for more information. 

Museum of Arts & Sciences

The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the primary art, science, and history museum in Central Florida and features a planetarium, children’s museum, and collections based on African, American, Chinese, Cuban, Florida, and international decorative arts. Exhibits showcasing the prehistory of Florida, Coca-Cola memorabilia, classic cars, and a train station focusing on early American industrialism round out some of the collections that can be seen on permanent display. Featuring Luster: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting – Opening March 10.

For more information, visit moas.org.

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida was founded by Margaret Acheson Stuart (1896—1980) and reflects her vision of providing outstanding examples of world art in an inviting, elegant setting.

From a collection covering 5,000 years of civilization in thousands of objects extending from antiquity to present, fascinating traveling exhibitions, and engaging programs and events in the heart of downtown’s scenic waterfront, the MFA is here for your discovery. The MFA is proud to have within its walls the only comprehensive art collection of its kind on Florida’s west coast. Highlights include masterpieces from Monet, O’Keeffe, De Kooning, Rauschenberg, and others, a sculpture garden, a glass gallery and one of the southeast’s largest and most respected photography collections. Featuring the exhibit Gregg Perkins: Sunshine City through May 27.

Visit mfastpete.org for more information.

Orange County Regional History Center

The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a historic courthouse in downtown Orlando, offers four floors of exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Central Florida’s rich heritage. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum also presents visiting exhibitions and a wide range of programs for all ages.

From documenting defining moments in our history, including the Pulse nightclub tragedy, to bearing witness to everyday life, the museum plays an invaluable role by serving as Central Florida’s storyteller for generations to come. Please visit thehistorycenter.org.

Featuring the exhibits Things Come Apart: A Visual Investigation of Design and Engineering and Sculpted, Thrown & Fired: Celebrating 50 Years at the Pottery Studio.

For more information, visit thehistorycenter.org.

Orlando Museum of Art

The Orlando Museum of Art’s mission is to inspire creativity, passion, and intellectual curiosity by connecting people with art and new ideas.

Annually, the Museum presents 10-12 exhibitions on-site and 13 exhibitions off-site, award-winning art enrichment programs, unlimited gallery tours, teacher in-service training programs, video programs, distinguished lectures, art appreciation lectures, studio classes, lecture programs, and outreach services in its facility and throughout the community. 

Visit omart.org for more information.

Southeast Museum of Photography

The Southeast Museum of Photography exhibits, collects, preserves, and interprets photography to facilitate teaching and learning at Daytona State College, and enhances the community's understanding and appreciation of culture, history, art, and photography. SMP strives to provide its community with a diverse array of engagements and exhibitions, and actively enhances arts culture in Central Florida.

Visit smponline.org for more information.

South Florida Museum

As the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs that interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions, an all-digital Planetarium, and Manatee Rehabilitation Aquarium -- offering something new to discover with each visit. Featuring the exhibit How People Make Things through May 26.

Visit southfloridamuseum.org for more information.

Tampa Museum of Art

The Tampa Museum of Art opened its award-winning new home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on classical, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection, including one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States, with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media; most notably, Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa), the 14,000-square-foot LED installation on the Museum’s south façade, has become an iconic image for Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. The Museum is home to Sono Café, a Slow Food movement café overlooking the Hillsborough River, and has emerged as Tampa’s premier venue for special events. Featuring Made in Tampa: Selections from the Permanent Collection.

For more information, visit tampamuseum.org.

USF Contemporary Art Museum

The USF Contemporary Art Museum organizes and presents significant and investigative exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States, and around the world. Changing exhibitions are designed to introduce students, faculty, and the Tampa Bay community to current cultural trends. USFCAM underwrites new projects by emerging artists, and maintains the university’s art collection of more than 5,000 works. Educational programs include InsideART, a free online secondary school curriculum that integrates social studies and science with contemporary art.

Visit cam.usf.edu for more information. 

Valiant Air Command, Inc. Warbird Museum

Founded in 1977, The Valiant Air Command, Inc. Warbird Museum has a continually growing collection of over 45 historic warbirds from the beginnings of aviation to the present day. The VAC is a 501c(3) educational organization dedicated to the preservation of, education about, and commemoration of Warbirds from all eras and the men and women who flew, maintained, and fought in them.

For more information, visit valiantaircommand.com.

Winter Garden Heritage Foundation

The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation’s mission is to preserve the heritage and architecture of West Orange County, while creating new cultural experiences. Since 1994, the Foundation has been an integral part of the preservation and revitalization of historic downtown Winter Garden, fostering an understanding of the many transformations that have shaped the area. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by operating The Heritage Museum, the History Research and Education Center and Visitors’ Center, and the Central Florida Railroad Museum.  Featuring Grace Mather-Smith, Oakland Pioneer. Photographs, artifacts, and a book signing about this early 20th century resident.

Visit wghf.org for more information.