MUSEUMS

Ringling Museum - Sarasota

The Museum of Art offers 21 galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities, Asian Art, American paintings, and contemporary art. Paintings and sculptures by the great Old Masters including Rubens, Dughet, van Dyck, Vel'azquez, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco, Gainsborough and more. It is a palace for treasures emulating the footprint of Florence Italy's Uffizi Gallery, echoing its grace and grandeur.

The estate features the spectacular Ca' d'Zan ("House of John"), a waterfront mansion that was restored in 2002, as well as the Circus Museum (see below). The estate also features Mable Ringling's Rose Garden, completed in 1913, and beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay.
Call for details: 941-359-5700



Ringling Circus Museum - Sarasota

The Circus Museum celebrates the American circus, its history and unique relationship to Sarasota. The world's largest miniature circus, costumes, wagons, performance equipment, and other artifacts chronicling the history of the Circus are on display.
Call for details: 941-359-5700


Powell Crosley Estate - Sarasota

By the end of his life, he had invented, developed, manufactured or produced the first economy car, televisions, the Shelvador refrigerator, the first 4-wheel disc brakes, 35mm cameras, several airplanes and much more. The mansion sits on 16 acres on Sarasota Bay. The 11,000 square foot home has 21 rooms, 10 baths and an adjacent carriage house.


Sarasota Museum of Art

Exhibitions of modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries, the museum interweaves exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach initiatives to engage a diverse audience and serve as a destination for creative discovery and discourse.
Call for details: 941-351-5100 Sarasota


South Florida Museum

Discover Florida's story from the prehistoric to the present with life-sized casts of Ice Age mammals and fossils. Bradenton


Selby Gallery - Sarasota

Distinguished as Sarasota's premier gallery for contemporary visual arts, the Ringling College of Art & Design's Selby Gallery is a professional on-campus exhibition space. Sarasota

The 3,000 square-foot Gallery presents major exhibitions by nationally and internationally celebrated artists, designers, illustrators and photographers from diverse cultural backgrounds as well as provides community programming in the form of lectures, forums, panel discussions, and performing arts events.


Crowley Museum & Nature Center

Is an educational facility promoting the enjoyment of Southwest Florida habitats, fostering environmental awareness and responsible stewardship.

The Museum exhibits a variety of historic objects, mostly from the Crowley family and the Old Myakka area. Household furnishings, tools, and items from the original Old Myakka general store and post office are on display. The Pioneer area consists of a museum of pioneer history, pioneer cabin, blacksmith shop, working sugar cane mill and the restored Tatum House. Sarasota


Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy

Museum and Sculpture Gardens offering paintings, sculpture and mixed media artwork from more than 85 artists. Most of the artists are American, in addition to Korean, Peruvian, Haitian and Canadian.
2121 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Call for Details: 941-322-1501


G. Wiz - The Science Museum

A hands-on science and learning center, where science becomes relevant, technology understandable, and learning, an interactive adventure. Come, Get in the "Zone": Explora zone, Tech zone, Wave zone, and Body zone.
1001 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota
Call for details: 941-309-4949


Classic Car Museum - Sarasota

The Museum features a "living" collection of over 100 automobiles, constantly being updated through acquisitions, exchanges with other car museums, and through donations of vehicles from collectors. Included are John Lennon's Mercedes Roadster, Paul McCartney's Mini Cooper and a dragster belonging to Don Garlits.


Gulf Coast Railroad Museum

Offering one of the most unique museum experiences in the world. Here you "Ride the Exhibits!" The Museum operates weekend excursions year-round from the Train Station in Parrish, Florida. Special weekend events are scheduled throughout the year featuring themed train rides. The caboose is always available to charter for small birthday parties or charter the entire train during the week for large corporate events. Parrish


Historic Spanish Point

"A Window to the Past"; an archaeology exhibition about the gulf coast region's earliest people. Be surrounded by a 15 foot high prehistoric shell mound called a midden and view a recreated dwelling from 1,000 years ago. Enjoy the Sunken Garden, Duchene Lawn, & Jungle Walk gardens, plus the classical styled Pergola overlooking Little Sarasota Bay.
337 N. Tamiami Trail  Call for details: (941) 966-5214


Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum

Learn all about Gasparilla Island's fascinating history and wildlife while touring the historic 1890 lighthouse.

Exhibits in the museum include displays on the Native Americans who first visited these shores, the Spanish who arrived in the 1500s, the local fishing industry, the history of the lighthouse, the development of the railroad, Port Boca Grande and the town of Boca Grande, tarpon fishing, and the geology, flora and fauna of the Charlotte Harbor estuary. Included in your visit are the incomparable views of the Gulf of Mexico, Boca Grande Pass and Charlotte Harbor.


Englewood Art Center

A division of Ringling College of Art and Design, The art center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together adults and children interested in visual arts to promote knowledge, appreciation, and development of visual arts to southern Sarasota and Charlotte Counties in Florida. Staffed primarily by volunteers, the center includes two gallery spaces, three classrooms, pottery studio, a lending library and gift shop.


Salvador Dali Museum - St. Pete

This starkly modern museum houses the world's most comprehensive (and most valuable, at $125 million) collection of works by the renowned Spanish surrealist. With oils spanning from 1917 through 1970, the collection provides an excellent overview of Dalí's major themes and symbols. Characterized by its diversity, it includes the Impressionist and Cubist styles of his early period, abstract work from his transition to Surrealism, the famous surrealist canvases for which he is best known, and examples of his preoccupation with religion and science during his classic period.


Florida International Museum - St. Pete

FIM is a museum of popular experiences, through diverse rotating national and international exhibitions. You never know what will come through this museum... Mummies, Treasures of the Czars, and even the much-lauded Titanic exhibit. There are permanent collections about John F. Kennedy, as well as the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Morean Arts Center

The Center offers people of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts. Glass art enthusiasts will be delighted by the Chihuly Collection opening July 4th weekend, 2010. The center has dedicated 10,000 square feet at 400 Beach Drive for this permanent exhibit with retail shop, small theater and guest services. Morean also has a 2,400-square-foot clay building at 719 Central Avenue dedicated to a "hot shop&qut; where guests can watch glass being blown.
400 Beach Dr. & 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
Call for Details: 727-822-7872


Museum of Science & Industry

Plan to spend a minimum of 4 hours at the Children's Science Center, the IMAX Dome Theatre, or tour Disasterville and experience hurricane force winds. Pedal a bicycle balanced on a 1-inch steel cable. Guests will be harnessed into the bike and ride across a 98-foot-long cable suspended 30 feet above the ground. Try the MaxFlight Simulator, a squadron of indoor Virtual Reality fighter-jet rides poised for the sharp banks, sky loops and screaming dives of pulse-pounding aerial combat, completely controlled by YOU, the pilot!
4801 E. Fowler Ave.  Call for details: 813-987-6000


Plant Museum

Highlighting the beginning of Florida's west coast tourism, learn about Henry Plant and his quest to transport the wealthy to his 2.5 million dollar Tampa Bay Hotel. Take a step back in time and experience the exquisite architecture of Moorish style and its opulent Asian/European furnishings, where guests of the Gilded Age stepped from Henry Plant's passenger trains and ships onto the wide veranda of his 511 room hotel. Of historical value is its vivid role in the Spanish-American War.
401 West Kennedy Boulevard  Call for details:813-254-1891

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USF Contemporary Art Museum

The museum has presented numerous significant and investigative exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States and around the world, including Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Changing exhibitions are designed to introduce students, faculty and the community to current cultural trends.
4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa   Call for details: 813-974-4133
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Ybor City Museum

The Ybor City Museum, housed in the Ferlita Bakery building (a neighborhood bakery operated by the Ferlita family, Italian immigrants who established the business at that location in 1896), the Casita, and the Garden. The Casita is actually one of seven small cottages, built for cigar workers' families that are located at this historic site. The houses are modified shotgun houses built from Florida pine with cypress or cedar wood shingles. The architectural style ~ three rooms in a row with doorways (ostensibly allowing a bullet to pass from the front to the back door) ~ was popular throughout the rural South and was a feature of the "factory town" that was early Ybor City.
1818 E. 9th Ave.  Call for details: 813-274-8130
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Tampa Museum of Art

TMA has constructed a new 66,000 square-foot facility in downtown Tampa. The museum has its sights set on becoming a nationally recognized major art destination and premier venue for residents and visitors. Designed by San Francisco architect Stanley Saitowitz, the building features a shimmering pierced aluminum exterior, and state-of-the-art gallery spaces with innovative translucent ceilings and polished stone floors. Five interior galleries, one exterior sculpture gallery, and an educational classroom equipped with the latest technology offering visitors a wide variety of visual art experiences.
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza  Call for details: 813-421-8379
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