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The mission and purpose of the Boca Raton Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and present information and artifacts relevant to the past and evolving history of Boca Raton and to maintain a visible role in education and advocacy of historic preservation in our community.
Boca Raton, FL
County: Palm Beach
Founded by artists in 1950, the Boca Raton Museum of Art is driven by an educational mission that values looking, learning, and creating. These three core values are vital across our creative campus in Boca Raton: 1) Museum in Mizner Park, where 100,000+ visitors experience and learn about the beauty and diversity of the visual world through outstanding exhibitions, collections, and our award-winning artmatters educational programs for children, families, and adults. 2) Art School on west Palmetto Park Rd, where 5,000+ children and adults discover and further their creativity and talent through high caliber art instruction with 100+ weekly classes and workshops in various media. 3) Artists Guild Gallery on north Federal Hwy, where 300+ local artists working in a variety of media gather to exchange ideas, and exhibit and sell their work. The Boca Raton Museum of Art presents 10+ exciting exhibitions each year that reflect the breadth of human experience; maintains collections of 4,500 works; offers over 250 public programs that engage audiences of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds; and nurtures a vibrant, inclusive local artist community that supports the growth of artists over the entire arc of their artistic and professional development.
Boca Raton, FL
County: Palm Beach
Voted Top 10 Attraction on TripAdvisor. Take an amazing trip through time at beautiful, historic, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. A 35 acre tropical oasis on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Type(s): Gardens Historic Home History House
Camp Gordon Johnston Museum mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret historically significant artifacts and history related to the Amphibious Soldiers that trained at this WWII training center from 1942-1946. Most item are donated by soldiers or their family. The museum is responsible for exhibiting and interpreting the history of the units that were trainers and being trained with the goal to support post education, training, research, and historical exhibits and programs.
Since its inception in 1987, the Cape Coral Museum of History has sought to discover, preserve, and share the history of Cape Coral. Operated by the Cape Coral Historical Society, the Museum exhibits artifacts, documents and photographs pertaining to the history of Cape Coral and Southwest Florida. With three buildings and two garden areas there is so much to explore!
Cape Coral, FL
Type(s): Gardens History
The CHIHULY COLLECTION is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork. This presentation is unique as it is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose. Designed so that the art and architecture work together to create a visitor experience unlike any other exhibition of Chihuly’s art. The Collection is marked at the entrance by an iconic 20-foot sculpture created especially for the site. The Collection includes Chihuly’s spectacular large-scale installations such as Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier created specifically for the Collection along with several popular series works including Macchia, Ikebana, Niijima Floats, Persians and Tumbleweeds, which have thrilled audiences around the globe. Each space has been designed individually to complement each installation producing unique visual experiences.
St. Petersburg, FL
The Sanford Museum opened in 1957 as The Henry Shelton Sanford Memorial Library and Museum. The building was expanded in 1974 and again in 1993. The Sanford Family Collection, including the library and papers of city founder Henry S. Sanford, was donated to the city by Sanford’s daughter Carola Sanford Dow.
Stalk prehistoric mastodons with Florida’s first big-game hunters, or travel even further back in time, when colossal sharks cruised the warm tropical seas that once covered Southwest Florida. See ancient shell tools and ceremonial masks and dig up the facts about the Calusa Indian civilization that flourished here centuries before European explorers first set foot on the Gulf coast. Trace America’s little-known wars in South Florida, the heroic journey of the Seminole people, and the origins behind traditional crafts like patchwork, once laboriously stitched together on hand-cranked sewing machines. Experience the daily lives – and utter isolation – of the first settlers and their families as they arrived on this watery frontier a hundred years ago, and share in the vision of a self-made multi-millionaire who dreamed of taming a wilderness swampland the size of Delaware. Along the way, we’ll introduce you to the hardy and colorful folk – the cattlemen, clam diggers, trail blazers, plume hunters, hermits, loggers, railroaders, rum runners, Crackers and Indian traders – who wrote the pioneer history of Collier County. Nestled on five acres of native Florida landscaping, our flagship museum at the County Government center in Naples offers newly created exhibits and galleries that capture the full panorama of local history. Pack a picnic and linger a while in the museum’s shady backyard. Then do a little exploring on your own in our native gardens, restored Naples cottages, the archaeology lab, Seminole village or Calusa Indian camp. Enlarged twice, the museum’s main gallery offers over 10,000 square feet of displays, plus a traveling exhibit room, and lecture hall.
The Coral Gables Museum fosters an appreciation for the Civic Arts in Coral Gables. It explores and celebrates the history, vision, urban and environmental design, and cultural landscape of the City Beautiful within a broad audience that goes from children, families, and community members to national and international visitors.
Coral Gables, FL
For more than 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens, and education. A permanent collection of more than 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers nearly 150,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities. For further information, including hours, visit www.cummermuseum.org.