Monday, June 8, 2009

Orange County Museums

Orange County- Please note prices and times are subject to change, call before attending for up to date information..

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

633 Osceola Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Gallery and Gardens Open:
September 1 thru June 30
Galleries, Historic Residence and Chapel
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
entrance fees apply
garden access is free
July 1 through August 31
Gardens are open
Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Call in advance to confirm times
No entrance fees apply
garden access is free
(donations encouraged)
$5.00 adults
$4.00 seniors
$3.00 students
Members and children younger than 12 are free
FREE on site parking
The Polasek offers a variety of group tour options with advanced reservations.

Central Florida Railroad Museum

101 S Boyd St
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Orange County
(407) 656-0559

Open to Public
More info/Directions:
The Central Florida Railroad Museum focuses on the history of the railroad industry in Central Florida. Exhibits include Ghost Trains of Central Florida, the Tavares and Gulf Room, and many other interesting pieces of Central Florida railroad memorabilia.

Fort Christmas Historical Park

1300 Fort Christmas Rd (CR 420)
Christmas, FL 32709
Orange County
(407) 568-4149

Open to Public
More info/Directions:
Fort Christmas Historical Park contains several historic buildings in a living history museum setting. In addition to the replica of a fort constructed during the Seminole War, the park displays traditional Florida “cracker” houses, a sugar mill, and other historic farming equipment. The museum also operates several events throughout the year.

Located just off State Road 50, twenty miles east of Orlando enroute to Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville

Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida
851 N Maitland Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
Orange County
(407) 628-0555

Open to Public
More info/Directions:
The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida was established to provide an educational experience wherein visitors can examine the past as a lesson for the present and future. The museum has both historical and art exhibits. The center also hosts presentations and maintains a library.

Maitland Art Center

Also known as The Research Center
231 W Packwood Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
Orange County
(407) 539-2181

Open to Public
More info/Directions:
1937. Aztec-Mayan motifs. Andres Smith, architect. 6 principal buildings and several utility buildings, courtyard, and ornamental pool. Buildings and walls are ornamented with bas reliefs cast in concrete. Richly decorated garden. Winter home of Andres Smith, architect, etcher, painter, author, and outspoken advocate of modern art. Formerly an artists' village.

The Maitland Art Center is located in Maitland, Florida, USA, near the shore of Lake Sybelia. From Interstate 4, take either of the Maitland Blvd. exits and follow the Maitland Art Center historic (brown) signs. Or, take the Lee Road exit, proceed east to Hwy 17-92, and turn north to Packwood Avenue. Turn west and go ½ block. Free parking is provided on the left

Maitland Historical Society and Museums

840 Lake Lily Dr
Maitland, FL
Orange County
(407) 644-2451

Open to Public
Thursday - Sunday
Noon to 4 p.m.
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$3 for adults and $2 for children.
Children 5 and under are free.
More info/Directions:
The Maitland Historical Society maintains a number of museums, including the Maitland Historical Museum, the Telephone Museum, the Historic Waterhouse Residence Museum, and the Waterhouse Carpentry Museum. Each of the museums focuses on a different aspect of Maitland’s history.

Moseley House
11 Taylor St
Eatonville, FL
Orange County
(407) 622-9382 or (850) 575-2522

Open to Public
More info/Directions:
The second oldest extant building in the city, the Moseley House was once home to Mrs. Matilda Clark Moseley, Zora Neale Hurston’s best childhood friend. The residence was restored in 2000 and currently serves as a historic house museum.

Orange County Regional History Center
65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801
Orange County
(407) 836-8500 or (800) 965-2030

Open to Public
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday Noon-5 p.m.
Adult $9
Seniors (60+) $7
Students and Military with valid ID $7
Child (5-12) $6
Child (4 & under) Free
Members, Orange County employees, and OCPS teachers free
Discount for AAA Members
Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover
General admission tickets are valid for permanent and limited-run exhibitions. Paid special events require separate ticketing. Some events require advance reservations.
Fathers get in FREE on Father's Day,Sunday, June 21, 2009
More info/Directions:
The Orange County Regional History Center is located in downtown Orlando. Maintaining exhibits pertaining to the history of the county, the museum contains hands-on exhibits and audio and visual presentations; it also hosts educational programs and special events.

From I-4, Exit 82C/Anderson St. Turn Left on Magnolia Ave. Turn Right on Central Blvd and proceed to the parking garage across from the library (2 hour validation with admission). Free Lymmo the History Center is on Magnolia Ave at Central Blvd. Enter through Heritage Square, the park.

Well'sBuilt Museum of African American History and Culture

Historically known as Well'sBuilt Hotel
511 W South St
Orlando, FL 32805
Orange County
(407) 297-9174

Open to Public
More info/Directions:
A local African American physician, William Monroe Wells, constructed the Well’sBuilt Hotel in 1930. Although the building no longer functions as a hotel, through the years it has maintained its architectural integrity. This property was restored and currently functions as the Well’sBuilt Museum of African American History and Culture.

Grand Reopening scheduled for June 19th

Winter Park Historical Association and Museum

200 New England Ave
Winter Park, FL 32790
Orange County
(407) 647-8180

Open to Public
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

More info/Directions:
The Winter Park Historical Association provides educational opportunities, maintains the museum, and hosts a festival. The museum contains exhibits, both permanent and temporary, pertaining to the history of Winter Park. The historical association is dedicated to fostering education about Winter Park’s history.

Withers-Maguire House Museum
Historically known as Withers-Maguire House
16 E Oakland Ave
Ocoee, FL 34761
Orange County
(407) 656-9609

Donation Adult $3; Student $1

The home was built in 1888 by General William T. Withers. His widow, Martha, sold the house to David Maguire in 1910. The House was purchased by the City of Ocoee Florida in 1983 and placed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings in America in 1987. It has been restored through grants from the State of Florida and is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

More info/Directions:
Circa 1884. Frame Vernacular with Stick-style elements. 2 stories, gabled roof, 1st-story veranda on west, south, and east facades. 2nd-story veranda on south facade. Original owner, William T. Withers (1825-1889), a Kentuckian, who wintered in the city. Later sold to David O. Maguire, a Georgian, who came to the town to grow citrus and vegetables.

Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts

227 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Maitland, FL 32751
Orange County
(407) 647-3307

More info/Directions:
The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts houses a rotation of exhibits of African American artists from around Florida and the United States. The museum also hosts an annual festival, the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities.

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