One of the best things to do on Sanibel, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum offers fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids love touching live mollusks in our touch pools, winning scavenger hunt prizes, and watching our Giant Pacific Octopus.
HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving, and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. Founded in 1940, HistoryMiami Museum is the largest history museum in the State of Florida. HistoryMiami houses four permanent galleries and up to three traveling exhibits, Archives, and Research Center, the South Florida Folklife Center, the Education Center, and City Tours program. HistoryMiami also hosts the annual Miami International Map Fair, the largest map fair in the Western Hemisphere. Formerly known as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, HistoryMiami is the second oldest cultural institution in South Florida and holds the distinguished honor of being a Smithsonian affiliate. Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) in 1979, the Museum of HistoryMiami joins the elite twenty-four percent of history museums nationwide to receive this honor.
In our language, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki means “a place to learn.” We invite you to come to the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation and learn about our exciting history and culture. The Museum’s exhibits and artifacts show how our Seminole ancestors lived in the Florida swamps and Everglades. The Museum film “We Seminoles” tells our story in our own words, including our dramatic struggle to remain in Florida. Nature trails will take you throughout the beautiful 60-acre cypress dome to a living village.
8. South Florida Museum, Parker Manatee Aquarium, and Bishop Planetarium
201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205, USA
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Visit the South Florida Museum where you can experience the natural and cultural history of Florida, view our universe in the state-of-the-art Bishop Planetarium, and see Snooty (the world’s oldest manatee) and rehab manatees in the Parker Manatee Aquarium – all under one roof! Enjoy a day exploring the Museum – located steps from Bradenton’s downtown restaurants and the beautiful Bradenton Riverwalk.
Fresh from a multi-million dollar expansion, the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery houses the nation’s largest public presentation of artwork by Florida’s preeminent painter, A.E. “Bean” Backus (1906-1990), as well as the state’s only permanent multimedia exhibition on the Florida Highwaymen.
The Alliance for the Arts is a vibrant, exciting and welcoming nonprofit arts center located in the heart of beautiful southwest Florida. Since 1975, we have cultivated a creative community through year-round exhibits, events, festivals, concerts, classes, theatre, children’s camps, a weekly market and more. We are a creative hub for self-expression, imagination, and individuality where people of all backgrounds and abilities come to discover hidden talents, reignite passions, and connect with each other through the arts.
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood presents contemporary gallery exhibitions, live stage performances, and high-quality education programs for adults and children. The Center fosters a creative environment where new and challenging work can flourish through programs that reflect the highest standards of artistry and diversity.
The Boca Raton Museum of Art is the cornerstone of a thriving cultural population in South Palm Beach County. The museum serves as the anchor of the expansive Centre for the Arts cultural complex in Mizner Park in downtown Boca Raton. Its impressive permanent collection of over 4,000 works include Demuth, Glackens, Matisse, Picasso, and Seurat, outstanding 19th and 20th century photography, a fascinating array of contemporary painting and sculpture, and a distinctive collection of Pre-Columbian and African art. The museum offers world-class traveling exhibitions, outstanding educational programming for adults and children, a year-round Art School with over 80 classes per week, special events, Curatorial and docent tours, and a museum store with treasures from around the world.
Bok Tower Gardens has offered some of Florida’s most remarkable experiences to more than 23 million visitors since 1929. The Gardens offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural, personal, and spiritual enrichment. At Bok Tower Gardens there is something to discover for visitors of all ages.
2855a Coral Springs Dr, Coral Springs, FL 33065, USA
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The mission of the Coral Springs Museum of Art is to create a stimulating and enjoyable educational visual arts experience for the South Florida community exhibiting diverse Florida, national and international artists.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is located on the St. Johns River in the Riverside Avondale historic district in Jacksonville, just minutes from downtown. The Cummer is the largest museum in Northeast Florida and the second largest art museum in the state. It is noted for its collection of more than 6,000 masterworks of American and European paintings, beautiful historic gardens in the European style, and an outstanding collection of Meissen porcelain. Art Connections is the museum’s nationally renowned interactive learning center where visitors experience art through all senses. Museum programming includes lectures, films, studio classes, guided tours, special events, and traveling exhibitions. Visit the website to see what’s coming up at The Cummer.
At the Elliott Museum you can see classic cars, trucks, bicycles, and boats; baseball memorabilia; local history; Americana; a variety of art; a tribute to actress Frances Langford; and even a Foucault Pendulum. Whether you are entertaining visitors or planning a stay-cation, there is something for you here!
The Reptile Gardens attraction has been a focal point of Bonita Springs since Bill and Lester Piper created the facility to rehabilitate injured animals. The park remained in the Piper family for over 80 years and has been non profit since 2015. It has become a place for visitors to enjoy the botanical gardens and see wildlife in an intimate, immersive and educational way, something that modern parks cannot provide.
Florida CraftArt is a statewide nonprofit organization in downtown St. Petersburg. It represents Florida’s finest ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media and wood artists in its retail and exhibition galleries. Upstairs in ArtLofts are 20 artists studios.
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching the members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.
Founded on the importance of the regional, commercial fishing industry, FMM tells a number of stories pertinent to all aspects of Florida’s maritime history. Exhibits include historic photographs, boat models, tools, instruments, and other historically significant material relevant to Florida’s maritime culture and history. The museum is also home to a research library that includes a variety of books, plans, logs, diaries, periodicals, letters, records and related archival material whose content is relevant to research concerning maritime subjects with special emphases on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is a cultural gem located in the heart of downtown historic Quincy, Florida, right on the courthouse square. Only 20 miles west of Tallahassee, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum present a wide variety of art exhibitions representing nationally recognized to local and emerging artists, and art of cultural or historical importance, and artwork by area school children.
The History of Diving Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution focused on the “Story of Man’s Quest to Explore Under the Sea”. The Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, displaying, and interpreting artifacts, antiques, books, documents, photographs, and oral history relative to the History of Diving. We display international developments reflecting early male and female pioneers, and their attempts to explore, understand, and venture under the sea. We also celebrate the special role that South Florida and the Florida Keys played in this story.
The Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center (HAC) is an academic museum and gallery at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. The HAC has an active rotation of art exhibitions and programmatic offerings for all ages and interests and has a tiered membership program. The HAC is open year-round. The most prominent holdings of the HAC are the more than 1,100 artworks by the modernist painter Oscar Bluemner–the HAC has a gallery dedicated to the work of Bluemner. The HAC sees approximately 12,000 visitors per year, while no admission charge is required the HAC does accept donations at the door and recruits for the membership program.
Step back into the era of sailing ships! Constructed in 1875 to aid shipwreck survivors on a once desolate barrier island, the House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar is the last one of ten such houses along the Atlantic Coast. Learn about local maritime history, the Untied States Life Saving Service, early efforts to save sea turtles, and Treasure Coast’s role during World War II. Both self-guided and guided tours available.
Imagine Museum visually takes you through the history of this remarkable medium from the early pioneers of Littleton and Labino through to the groundbreaking, transcendent art being produced in the medium today. Come and explore the richness of thought, concept, technique and execution of these amazing artists and enter into the world of light, reflection and creative expression.
The Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art has six galleries hosting more than 21,000 visitors each year for its six or seven major exhibitions, plus minor exhibitions and special events. In March, the Gallery hosts an annual Plein Air Festival, a four-day event where award-winning artists come from all over the world to paint in our beautiful area. As the largest Plein Air event in South Florida, it also attracts visitors, locals and art collectors who enjoy watching the painters and collecting their original paintings.
Joe and Emily Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146, USA
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As the first art museum in Miami-Dade County, and the only one with a comprehensive art collection, the Lowe has long benefited from the generosity of collectors who helped the museum acquire one of the very finest collections in Florida. The more than 12,000 works in the permanent collection include 5,000 Years of World Art — Art of Europe, Art of the Americas, Ancient and Native American Art, and Asian and African Art.
The mission of the Marco Island Center for the Arts is: to be an essential and sustaining part of the culture of Marco Island and the preeminent advocate and center for the arts; and, to provide open and economically viable access to art, programs, quality educational opportunities and functions to all people of the Marco Island area while serving as a venue for all the arts.
The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS), founded in 1994, is dedicated to discovery, research, acquisition, and preservation of the multi-faceted history of the Marco Island-Goodland region to share with future generations. This award-winning museum complex gives the Society a physical place to fulfill these goals. The museum campus, through its unique “Windows & Doors to History” outdoor gallery, presents 10,000 years of Marco Island’s history from the pre-Calusa period through the life of the Calusa Indians and the pioneer days of the early settlers to what it has become today. Each of the 24 original pieces, done by seven renowned artists, pictorially chronicles the Island’s rich history.
For the past one hundred years, the organization known today as the Morean Arts Center has been a resource and a destination for artists and art lovers. The Morean Arts Center’s story began in the early 20th century when a group of local artists in need of a place to work, teach and display their work connected with the Florida Winter Art School. As a community-based visual arts organization that has been a part of the St. Petersburg cultural landscape since 1917, the Morean Arts Center connects people with art through daily programming, offered 363 days each year.
Mound House, 451 Connecticut St, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA
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Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay. Estero Island’s oldest standing structure has recently been restored to its 1921 grandeur and is now open as a cultural and environmental learning center. Experience this one of a kind museum that sits atop a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound. The museum contains new exhibits that feature how the layers of shells beneath the earth’s surface revealed information about the Calusa Indians as well as others that settled on the property. A kayak launch allows access to The Great Calusa Blueway paddling trail. Guided Kayak Eco-Tours and other special programs are offered during the year.