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Henry B. Plant Museum

Since 1933, the Tampa Bay Hotel has been home to the Henry B. Plant Museum and The University of Tampa. The building, renamed Plant Hall, is a National Historic Landmark. The Henry B. Plant Museum holds the distinction of accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. Its mission is to interpret the history and lifestyle of America’s Gilded Age and the life and significant contributions of Henry Bradley Plant to the development of Florida and Tampa Bay. Original furnishings and artifacts and a dynamic self-guided audio tour immerse visitors in the opulence of the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel and its rich history.

Tampa, FL
Region(s): Central
County: Hillsborough
Type(s): History

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and is administered by Florida State University. It features an art museum, historic mansion, circus museum, historic theater, conservation laboratory, and research library, situated on sixty-six acres of spectacular bay front property in Sarasota. The Ringling is a place of art, architecture, and circus in an environment that inspires, educates, entertains, and honors the legacy of John & Mable Ringling.

Sarasota, FL
Region(s): Central
County: Sarasota
Type(s): Art Gardens Historic Home History

Lake Alfred Historical Society Museum

Established in 1994, the Lake Alfred Historical Society's mission is to provide and protect our city's history and heritage for present and future generations.

Lake Alfred, FL
Region(s): Central
County: Polk
Type(s): History

Lake Mary Museum

The Lake Mary Museum exists to promote the history of the city and the surrounding area; efforts to maintain and enhance the museum are accomplished by members of the Lake Mary Historical Society and other volunteers. The museum houses a collection of documents, photographs, artifacts, and material related to the local history, art and legacy.

Lake Mary, FL
Region(s): Central
County: Seminole
Type(s): Art History

Leu Gardens

Explore a 50-acres of beautiful cultivated gardens with over 40 diverse plant collections from around the world. Located in the heart of the gardens is the Historic Leu House Museum, tours of the home are given Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 1 pm.

Orlando, FL
Region(s): Central
County: Orange
Type(s): Gardens Historic Home

Lilian Place Heritage Center

Lilian Place Heritage Center is 2.5 acres of historic riverfront property which has been preserved for the community. Lilian Place 1884 Museum is open daily (except Tuesday). The 1905 Hotchkiss House is available for rent for weddings and parties and hosts Victorian Tea on the 3rd Tuesday monthly and History Winedown on the 3rd Wednesday monthly.

Daytona Beach, FL
Region(s): Central
County: Volusia
Type(s): History

McKee Botanical Garden

McKee Botanical Garden, which is located on an 18-acre tropical hammock in beautiful Vero Beach features something for all ages. In 2021, the Garden will celebrate its 20th Anniversary since reopening in 2001. (Mission Statement) McKee Botanical Garden is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all. McKee Botanical Garden is located at 350 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach. Horticulture: McKee Botanical Garden is known for its horticulture beauty where native plants and exotic botanicals combine with Old Florida charm. The Garden features 10,000 native and tropical plants, as well as one of the largest waterlily collections in the state of Florida comprised of over 80 varieties and over 300 potted and 100 free-range plants, including night and day-blooming varieties. History: Thousands of visitors come to the Garden each year to learn about McKee’s rich history and enjoy the natural landscape of majestic palms, exotic plants, trees, waterfalls, tranquil streams, and historic structures like the Hall of Giants and Spanish Kitchen. McKee Botanical Garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and endorsed by The Garden Conservancy as a project of national significance. Children’s Garden: The new Children’s Garden at McKee, which opened in January 2020, is a natural complement to McKee’s existing offerings and is designed to spark imagination and curiosity in children through interactive exploration where children can Explore, Discover, and Just Be a Kid. The Children’s Garden features include the Scorpion Shipwreck in the Grand Discovery Tree, a Fairy Circle & Fairy Forest Trail, Nautilus Shell Amphitheatre, Karst Splash Garden, Waterlily Fountain, Music Maze, Bamboo Village, Blue Crab Reading Circle & Stumpery, and Sandridge and Pollinator Garden. Garden Café and Gift & Book Shop: The Garden Café features a delightful assortment of salads, sandwiches, children’s menu items, desserts and beverages available for purchase. The Garden Gift & Book Shop features a wide array of garden-themed home décor and gifts, books for adults and children, t-shirts, soaps and lotions and many other treasurers. National Publicity: McKee was featured on the cover of Southern Living magazine in February 2020, which showcased Vero Beach, Amelia Island, and Apalachicola. The Garden has also garnered national attention in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living, House and Garden, Travel & Leisure, and The New York Times. McKee was named one of “22 Secret Gardens – Soothing Places of Surprise and Sanctuary in the U.S. and Canada” by National Geographic Traveler. The Garden was awarded the Hall of Fame Excellence Award by TripAdvisor.com in 2019. McKee is one of more than 320 horticultural institutions in 48 states and DC, plus Canada and the Caribbean participating in the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday (10 am – 5 pm), Sunday (Noon – 5 pm). Closed Mondays and major holidays. Last admission ticket is sold at 4 pm. The Children’s Garden closes at 4:30 pm. Admission: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors (65+)/Youth (13-17), $10 Children (2-12)/Military. McKee members and children under 2 free.

Vero Beach, FL
Region(s): Central Southeast
County: Indian River
Type(s): Art Children's Gardens Historic Home History

Morean Arts Center

The Morean Arts Center is located within the heart of the Central Arts District. The Morean Arts Center focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. Classes and outreach programs are designed to bring out the artist in all of us, including programs for adults, children and family plus summer camp and early childhood programs, attracting beginners and advanced students alike. The Exhibitions Department brings contemporary art created by local, regional and national artists to the community in virtually all visual mediums, plus a large focus on emerging artists. Open daily to the public with free access to over 25 exhibitions a year. Known in 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, the concept was simple; create access for artists and those interested in art. Today it is still the same but on a much broader and grander scale, with four facilities operating under the Morean Arts Center, including the world-renowned Chihuly Collection, largest working pottery in the Southeast United States - the Morean Center for Clay and the Morean Glass Studio. The Morean Arts Center depends on the generous support of many individuals and other local, regional, state and national funders who have for over a century embraced the Center's mission. Morean Arts Center memberships offer support to continue the mission of Connecting People with Art.

St. Petersburg, FL
Region(s): Central
County: Pinellas
Type(s): Art

Morean Center for Clay

The Morean Center for Clay is located in the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg, FL, in the Historic Train Station on 22nd Street South. The facility offers educational courses in working with clay, studio space, gallery sales, event rentals, exhibitions and is home to a renowned artist-in-residence program. With a goal of promoting and enhancing the education of contemporary and historic ceramics, it is one of the largest working potteries in the southeast. Collectors, visitors and artists alike will be amazed at the variety of high-quality clay work available for purchase. The Morean Center for Clay is a haven for all pottery enthusiasts—offering high-quality classes and workshops from local and national professional teaching artists, and in-house Artists-in-Residence participants. All skill levels welcomed!

St. Petersburg, FL
Region(s): Central
County: Pinellas
Type(s): Art

Morean Glass Studio

A visit to the Morean Glass Studio is an opportunity to get behind the scenes and observe resident glass artists creating unique works of art. Entry is included with you Chihuly Collection admission, located just across the street. From gathering the molten glass from the furnace, to working it on the pontil pipe and glory hole, to its final cool down process in the annealing kiln, you will have a new appreciation for this art form that is centuries old. View the gaffer blowing glass, while the assistant narrates in detail the science behind glass, the artistic vision guiding the process and all of the steps involved as the work is being produced. All of the pieces created are for sale in the Glass Studio Store conveniently located adjacent to the glass studio. Inside you will find a wide variety of art glass including: jewelry, bowls, vases, ornaments and more. Tickets are not required to visit the retail store. Come and watch a live Demonstration or try it yourself and participate with our Personal Glass Experience.

St. Petersburg, FL
Region(s): Central
County: Pinellas
Type(s): Art

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