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Do you want some (light) culture to your visit? Ally’s not the most ”cultured” of critters – but she enjoys each of the venues she’s listed below and all of them are FREE to guests visiting Orlando.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
This museum sits on the campus of Rollins College in Winter Park and overlooks lake Virginia. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum includes works from Henry Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Thomas Moran, as well as seasonal exhibits by modern and fine arts. You’ll need a valid student ID to get in for FREE – but if you’ve got kids in High School or college – they’ll get FREE access. Otherwise, the entry fee is $5 per adult. The museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays 10:00 am till 4:00 pm.
The Grand Bohemian Gallery
Located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Orlando, guests can experience a blend of art, music, Italian mosaic barrel-vaulted ceilings and beautiful surroundings in the main lobby, with over 150 rare works of art, jewelry, glass and sculpture. There’s a similar (but smaller) display at the Bohemian in downtown Celebration Bohemian). While you’re there – we recommend that you enjoy lunch or a fabulous Sunday brunch in the restaurant – or ”double” your day with a visit to the nearby City Arts Factory (see below).
This isn’t so much a single gallery so much as a tour through some eclectic, quirky (and sometimes downright strange) art galleries in a single building in downtown Orlando. The CityArts Factory is open from 11:00 am till 6:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday and about 20 minutes drive from most of the vacation homes we offer. Exhibits vary from modern to classical, impressionist to photography, but it’s a great way to spend an hour or two for FREE.
The Morse Museum
This Winter Park location offers an unequaled opportunity to view and enjoy the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The Morse Museum’s Tiffany collection includes jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass windows and lamps, and the chapel interior the artist designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The Museum’s holdings also include a major collection of American art pottery and representative collections of late 19th- and early 20th-century American painting, graphics, and decorative art.
The Zora Neale Hurston Museum
The Zora Neale Museum takes you on a stroll through history starting with the author’s humble beginnings and displays creative works of other artists of African descent. Donations are accepted. The theme for the 2012 Zora Neale Hurston Festival is “The Rise of Community: The Town of Eatonville Models 125 Years of Self-Governance.” Activities include live concerts, educational seminars, heritage tours, a HATitude brunch and an outdoor festival.
The Winter Park Historical Museum
Be sure to squeeze this one in with a trip to the shops and bistro atmosphere of Park Street in Winter Park – especially if you visit the Morse Museum (see above). The Winter Park Historical Museum helps visitors discover the tradition of Winter Park – Central Florida’s premier urban village! Located in the Farmers’ Market. See displays of pictorial history, collectibles, and memorabilia. Gift shop too!
Open Tuesdays through Fridays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 2:00 pm – admission is FREE.