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Orlando Museum of Art
If you’re looking for a change of pace from the usual Florida attractions, the Orlando Museum of Art will offer you a culturally stimulating experience! The museum is made up of 7 galleries with temporary exhibits as well as permanent collections.
There are three collections on permanent exhibit. There is an American Art Collection which features paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculptures from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The Art of the Ancient Americas Collection contains ceramic, jade, stone, cloth, gold and silver artifacts from a variety of cultural groups of North America, South America and Central America. There are pieces that date as far back as 2000 B. C.
The African Art Collection features ceremonial artifacts as well as decorative objects such as jewelry, masks, metal works, carved ivory and ceramics. The artifacts originate from various regions of the continent of Africa. In addition, there are normally 2 temporary exhibits on display for a few months at a time showcasing different forms of art from the traditional to contemporary.
Once a month, local artists have the opportunity to showcase their work at a very special event called 1st Thursdays. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p. m. on the first Thursday of the month and is open to the general public. Guests enjoy live music, cash bars serving beer, wine and soft drinks and café offerings from local restaurants. Admission to museum exhibits is included.
There are annual events that benefit the museum. The Festival of the Trees takes place in November when the museum offers visitors of all ages a festive experience with beautiful trees and glittering holiday décor. For antique lovers, there is an Antique Show and Sale in February.
The museum also offers a variety of lectures, classes, seminars and programs for all ages. Families with small children may particularly enjoy First Saturdays or Creation Station. First Saturdays are on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a. m. to noon. This is a wonderful opportunity for young children to learn to appreciate art and music together with their parents. Creation Station is on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 3:30 p. m. where children and adults partake in a different art project each week. Registration is not required for either of these programs and the charge is minimal.
The Orlando Museum of Art is located at:
2416 North Mills Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803-1483
Tuesday-Friday, 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4 pm
Closed Mondays & major holidays
Free parking is available in front of the museum. Enjoy!
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