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Orlando Museum of art - Orlando / Florida Guide

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If you fancy a little culture to balance out ' The Mouse' then head for the Orlando Museum of Art. This is located on North Mills Avenue (about an hour from your holiday villa)

This museum was founded in 1924 and it has been a cornerstone of the Orlando arts scene ever since.

It first got under way via a group of local artists getting together to show and assess each others work. Very soon the local community got involved and eventually The Orlando Museum of Art was born.

On average, there is a new exhibition every month to view. There is also a programme of video presentations, gallery tours, lectures, classes and lunch time lectures.

As I write, for instance, they are holding a display of African textiles with about 45 stunning skins, textiles and examples of bead work to seeand marvel at.

Every so often they hold an art sale with all proceeds going to the museum. Among the artists displaying their work will be porcelain, ceramics and jewellry with also some antique furniture. Check the website for details www. omart. org/programs.

If you are taking your vacation in November then you are indeed in luck because for some of the month they turn the museum into a winter wonderland. There is a Gingerbread Village, Toyland Town and Christmas Village. Lots os lovely items to buy while local organisations entertain you with carols, music and ballet. This is a real treat and should not be missed!

The museum shop sells lots of desirable items; every month they appoint an artist of the month and his/her work is on display.

Since 1971, they have been accredited by the American Museums Association. This is a real feather in their cap since only about 1 in 20 is accepted and their membership has been unbroken for all 39 years.

There is free parking right in front of the museum and they allow wheel chais and buggies. If you have hearing issues they have help and assistance for you too.

I would give most of a whole day to this museum which opens from 10 a. m. to 4. p. m monday to friday and noon to 4pm on the weekends.

Office hours are 10. a. m to 5. p. m (call 407 896 4231)

Entry fees are a very reasonable $8 per adult and $7 for seniors. Children cost only $5 with toddlers and baby free of charge. This is made possible because they have a large and enthusiastic band of volunteers.

Orlando Museum of Art

2146 North Mills Avenue


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