Orlando - Lifestyle & Culture
Despite being a full on tourist haven there’s also the side to Orlando that its every day inhabitants experience day to day. Beyond the frenzy of International Drive you’ll discover a hardworking, mature and easy going side to Orlando, which is filled with a comprehensive range of arts, culture and leisure facilities that any city would be proud of.
Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) 2416 N. Mills Ave
Founded in 1924, this is a beautiful and educational museum that supports and reflects the growth of Florida’s art scene. An excellent place to visit for lovers of art or those that enjoy experiencing something new, the museum has become a cultural institution within itself over the decades. With an aim of "collecting, preserving and interpreting notable works of art" the museum is home to a fantastic collection comprising of sculpture, art and photography dating back to the 19th century. Sitting alongside the more local artists’ work, you’ll also find a variety of internationally significant works too.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Right at the heart of the Morse Museum you’ll find the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. This collection of Tiffany works includes exceptional examples of his delicate designs in glass and ceramics. Sitting alongside this prized exhibition you’ll also find a variety of other artworks including a major collection of American Art Pottery, which is the best in the south featuring over 800 examples, and collections of late 19th and early 20th century American paintings, graphics and decorative art.
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, Florida
For a comprehensive understanding of the underlying history of Orlando and central Florida then this museum is somewhere that needs to be on your ‘to see’ list. Opening in the 1940s, this ever popular exhibit has become part of the furniture of Orlando’s landscape. The museum displays an array of historical objects, which includes a variety of books, papers and photographs allowing you to experience the history from Orlando and Florida’s prehistory, all the way to the British Victorian era.