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Ocean Discovery Visitors Center at FAU Harbor Branch

The FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitors Center offers interpretive tours led by outreach scientists. The center's five research-themed exhibits include "Marine Biomedical & Biotechnology", "Marine Mammal Research & Conservation", ""Aquaculture & Stock Enhancement", "Marine Ecosystem Health", and "Ocean Engineering". This interactive tour provides and excellent overview of FAU Harbor Branch as well as an opportunity to learn about the research equipment and live aquaria displayed throughout the center.

Fort Pierce, FL
Region(s): Central Southeast
Type(s): Science Other

Orlando Museum of Art

The purpose of the Orlando Museum of Art is to interpret and present the most compelling art for the public to experience, and to positively affect people’s lives with innovative and inspiring education programs that will endure as a cultural legacy in Central Florida. The mission of the Orlando Museum of Art is to inspire creativity, passion and intellectual curiosity by connecting people with art and new ideas. Annually, the Museum presents 10-12 exhibitions on-site and 13 exhibitions off-site, award-winning art enrichment programs, unlimited gallery tours, teacher in-service training programs, video programs, distinguished lectures, art appreciation lectures, studio classes, lecture/luncheon programs and outreach services in its facility and throughout the community. The services benefit individuals, including visitors from all 67 counties in Florida, the other 49 states and numerous foreign countries. These programs are implemented by the Museum’s staff, its Board of Trustees and more than 700 volunteers, many of whom are part of its membership of 5,000 individuals. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) is an international institution, regional asset, and a Blue Star Museum that serves the central Florida community. Funding for the Orlando Museum of Art is generated through earned income, the Board of Trustees, OMA Ambassadors, Council of 101, Acquisition Trust, Friends of American Art, and contributions from generous individuals, corporations and foundations. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the City of Orlando, the Clive Foundation, A Friendsʼ Foundation Trust, Bank of America, the Warren and Augusta Hume Foundation, Rita and Jeffrey Adler Foundation, Walt Disney World Company, the Chesley G. Magruder Foundation, United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts Campaign, Celebrity Cruises, UCF Foundation, Advent Health, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, CNL Charitable Foundation, Hunter Vision, PNC Foundation, Sam Flax Art & Design Supplies, Sun Trust Foundation, and anonymous donors.

Orlando, FL
Region(s): Central
Type(s): Art

Polk County History Center

What was once the Polk County Courthouse now serves as the History Center and houses the historical museum and library. The museum serves Polk's community through special events, volunteer opportunities, and educational programs. The museum's collection includes natural and cultural objects related to Polk and the greater Central Florida area that represent our history from pre-Columbian to present day eras.

Bartow, FL
Region(s): Central
Type(s): History

Polk Museum of Art

The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is a fine arts museum located in Lakeland, Florida that presents world-renowned exhibitions, engaging public events, and community-driven educational programming. Offering free admission and eight unique gallery spaces, the Polk Museum of Art strives to be an accessible destination for museum visitors, and its ever-changing exhibitions ensure a new experience with each new visit. Visit the Museum and see what it has to offer today!

Lakeland, FL
Region(s): Central
Type(s): Art

Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts

Our Mission: The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Tech connects people to the communicative power of textiles through the preservation of our global collection and the presentation of engaging exhibitions and programs.

Melbourne, FL
Region(s): Central
Type(s): Art

Safford House Museum (Tarpon Arts)

One of Tarpon Springs’ best kept secrets is the 1883 Safford House Museum. Visiting the home of one of the city’s original developers is a journey back in time.The Safford House has been restored to its original Victorian splendor and is open to the public. Today the Safford residence is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned and operated by the City of Tarpon Springs as a museum. The house is a fine example of late 19th century Florida vernacular architecture and is filled with period furnishings and original family possessions that bring the Safford family to life. A visit offers the opportunity to get acquainted with the family and to experience Florida life more than 100 years ago. The late 1800s, when Anson P.K. Safford and his family resided in Tarpon Springs, was an era of gracious living without the pressures of modern society. Touring their house takes visitors back to that restful time and place. From the charming porch swing to the large inviting dining room, the house is filled with pleasant spaces where friends and family gathered for meals and social events. But the Saffords were not an ordinary family: Anson Safford was the former territorial governor of Arizona; his wife, Soledad, was an accomplished social leader of Mexican background; and Safford’s sister Mary Jane was the town’s first doctor. The Safford House is located in the historic district off Grand Boulevard at 23 Parkin Court. It was donated to the City of Tarpon Springs in 1994. The extensive restoration was funded by the State of Florida, Division of Historical Resources and the City of Tarpon Springs. Furnishings were provided in part by a Save America’s Treasures grant, and donations by local residents.

Tarpon Springs, FL
Region(s): Central
Type(s): Historic Home History

Southeast Museum of Photography

The Southeast Museum of Photography exhibits, collects, preserves, and interprets photography to facilitate teaching and learning at Daytona State College, and enhances the community's understanding and appreciation of culture, history, art and photography.

Daytona Beach, FL
Region(s): Central
Type(s): Art

St. Petersburg Museum of History

For nearly a century, the St. Petersburg Museum of History has shared the stories of the Sunshine City with residents and visitors alike. The repository of the City's artifacts and archives, the St. Petersburg Museum of History prides itself on being a Florida history teaching facility.

St. Petersburg, FL
Region(s): Central Southwest
Type(s): History

Tampa Museum of Art

Founded in 1920, the Tampa Museum of Art inspires the residents of the Tampa Bay region and others around the world by providing engaging exhibitions and innovative educational programs that emphasize ancient, modern and contemporary art. As the Tampa Museum of Art nears its 100th anniversary, its exhibitions in part will focus on the breadth of the institution’s growing permanent collection. The Museum houses one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States. As one of the region’s largest museums devoted to the art of our time, the Museum’s collection also embraces sculpture, photography, painting, new media, and more. With a 14,000 square-foot LED installation of Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa) illuminating the south façade and the Museum’s 23-foot tall cast iron sculpture Laura with Bun by Jaume Plensa silhouetted in front of the north façade, the Tampa Museum of Art stands as an iconic landmark of downtown Tampa. Year-round creative classes offered both on-site and at various locations throughout Hillsborough County provide children, teens, and adults with opportunities to discover new skills and learn different art-making techniques. The Museum brings together local, national and international artists and scholars to inspire visitors to take part in exhibitions and art discourse through lectures, tours, and community partnerships. While shopping for unique exhibition-related objects at the Museum Store or enjoying handcrafted meals, coffee, and gelato at the Riverwalk Cafe at TMA, visitors can take in the views of Tampa’s scenic riverfront and see why the Museum also serves as one of Tampa’s premier venues for special private events. Located in the heart of downtown, next to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Tampa’s Riverwalk, the Tampa Museum of Art leads as both a cultural institution and a community museum dedicated to celebrating the diversity of its home city.

Tampa, FL
Region(s): Central
Type(s): Art

Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum (Tarpon Arts)

The Heritage Museum is located at the heart of Tarpon Springs, in shady Craig Park overlooking Spring Bayou. The serene waters of the Bayou attracted the town’s very first settlers, and many wealthy northerners of the late 19th century later built their winter homes on this “Golden Crescent." A permanent interactive exhibit, “The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs” explores the history and culture of the Greek community, including domestic traditions, foodways, religion, and celebrations. It also includes a special focus on the sponge industry and other maritime traditions, as well as music and dance. A Greek Arts Kiosk features examples of music, video and photos of local and Greek traditions and festivals. The exhibit was created in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Tour groups will enjoy exploring the exhibit and talks by local experts can be arranged in advance. The ecology wing features the large-scale murals of Tarpon Springs artist Christopher Still. The murals are fine giclee reproductions of the series that hangs in the chambers of Florida House of Representatives, and tell the story of the state’s vivid history. Each of the murals contains many symbolic elements that introduce the people and events that shaped Florida’s history from 16th century European discovery to modern times.

Tarpon Springs, FL
Region(s): Central
Type(s): History

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