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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

633 Osceola Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789   Directions

(407) 647-6294


Discover the renown Czech-born American sculptor Albin Polasek, whose works are on display inside and among the gardens of his former retirement home. Now a living museum, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens pays homage to this influential artist and educator.

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is the preeminent authority on renown Czech-born American sculptor Albin Polasek.

Originally the retirement home of Polasek, the museum and sculpture gardens is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features more than 200 works by the artist, along with a chapel, an outdoor sculpture garden and a gift shop.

Polasek immigrated to the U.S. as a young woodcarver in 1901, then honed his art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the American Academy of Art in Rome.

He was an influential artist and educator, and was commissioned to create numerous public sculptures both in Europe and America. He also served as the head of the Department of Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago for 30 years.

The Polasek is considered a living museum, and its outdoor gardens date to 1949. In fact, many of the original plantings were cultivated by Polasek and his family.

Other special areas to explore include the butterfly garden, two water gardens and the cycad collection along the museum's main entrance.

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Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

445 N Park Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789   Directions

(407) 645-5311


If you can't get enough of Tiffany glass and art, then The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is your home away from home. Featuring the most extensive collection of Tiffany pieces in the world, the museum features a spectacular chapel interior originally designed for the World's Fair in Chicago.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is a fantastic study of the works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, in addition to 19th and 20th century American decorative arts.

Located in Winter Park, Florida, the museum houses the most extensive collection of Tiffany's works in the world. His pieces include samples of jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass windows and lamps. The museum also houses the spectacular chapel interior that the artist designed for the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition in Chicago.

The museum's current location includes galleries created in former bank and office buildings. The Tiffany Chapel exhibition debuted in the museum in 1999.

Now occupying more than 30,000 square feet of space, the Morse Museum of American Art is owned and operated by the Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation.

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Cornell Fine Arts Museum

1000 Holt Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789   Directions

(407) 646-2526


Orlando boasts a specialty museum with one of the largest collections of Tiffany glass and Renaissance paintings in the states. At the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, you can explore more than 6,000 works of art, including paintings from Rembrandt and Cezanne.

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum houses more than 6,000 works of art, one of the largest collections of its kind in the state of Florida. The museum is a study in Renaissance paintings and Tiffany glass.

The museum's collection was started in 1927, when the Samuel H. Kress Foundation donated many Italian Renaissance paintings, which included "Madonna and Child Enthroned" by Cosimo Rosselli.

The Old Masters Collection was started by gifts from various alumni. A Chinese collection contains works that date back to 1959. Favorite pieces include paintings from Rembrandt and from Cezanne.

The Tiffany Glass collection is also one of the finest of its kind, showcasing hundreds of stunning pieces in the Morse Gallery.

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Corporal Larry E. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum

3400 N Tanner Rd
Orlando, FL 32826   Directions

(407) 601-2864


The bravery of those who died and the valor of those who served are memorialized at the Corporal Larry E. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum. Containing 167 names of fallen Florida veterans of the war, the museum is a befitting legacy that serves to educate, enlighten, and keep the memory alive of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Corporal Larry E. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum is owned and operated by the Vietnam Veterans of Central Florida. This organization helps military members and veterans, in addition to preserving the legacy of the American men and women who served and fought in the Vietnam War.

The goal of the museum is to memorialize those who served, so that current and future generations of Americans remember the Vietnam Veterans legacy of service, sacrifice, and valor.

The museum includes the first monument to the fallen veterans of Florida, and contains 167 names from the area. Other exhibits include a U.S. Navy Patrol Boat River, a Douglas A-4B Skyhawk aircraft on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation, and a Bell UH-1 (Huey) Dustoff helicopter.

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Harry P. Leu Garden

1920 N Forest Ave
Orlando, FL 32803   Directions

(407) 246-2620


Spend some time outdoors and meander along the winding paths and fragrant sections of the Harry P. Leu Gardens, a 50-acre segment of landscaped grounds and lakes shaded by 200 year-old oaks and forests of camellias.

The Harry P. Leu Gardens feature more than 50 acres of southern-styles gardens, including America's largest Camellia flower collection outside of California.

The themed gardens are designed to entertain, delight and enlighten. Weekend warriors will want to take notes while strolling the more than 3 acres of idea gardens, perfect for short project with big impact.

Also on display is a large, formal rose garden, a house museum dating from the 1880s, a tropical stream garden, veggie and herb garden and a butterfly garden.

All of these semi-tropical and tropical gardens are meant to highlight some of the natural flora and fauna that are prevalent in this area of Florida.

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Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida

851 N Maitland Ave
Maitland, FL 32751   Directions

(407) 628-0555


An educational series on the Holocaust between Valencia Community College and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando was so beneficial to the community, that leaders coordinated their efforts to create the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida. This triumph of the human spirit serves to prevent these atrocities from ever being repeated.

Holy Land Experience

4655 Vineland Rd
Orlando, FL 32811   Directions

(407) 872-2272


Experience spirituality like never before at the Holy Land Experience. Part museum attraction and part reenactment spectacle, the Holy Land Experience features a replica of downtown Jerusalem, a prayer garden, and other period backdrops that set the stage for dramas and musicals.

The Holy Land Experience is a truly unique place, where guests can experience a trip to the Holy Land complete with actors who play biblical roles and act out well-known scenes from the Bible.

Themed exhibits and a biblical museum are the main attractions at the 15-acre Holy Land Experience in Orlando.

The biblical park was founded by a Baptist minister and was recently bought by Trinity Broadcasting Network, the largest Christian television network in the U.S.

Features at the Holy Land Experience include:

Jerusalem Street Market: Modeled after a Middle Eastern marketplace, the Jerusalem Street market features a city well and street merchants who interact with visitors.

The Old Scroll Shop: Experience shopping in the first-century at this unique store.

Wilderness Tabernacle: A High Priest discusses the ancient priesthood of Israel, leading to the Ark of the Covenant.

Church of All Nations Prayer Garden: You'll be transported back in time to the section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest.

Temple Plaza: A magnificent six-story temple is at the heart of the Temple Plaza. The building plays host to live musicals and presentations.

Other features at the Holy Land Experience are the Dead Sea Qumran Caves, The Judean Village, Calvary's Garden Tomb, the Oasis Palms Cafe, the Last Supper Communion where guests may join Jesus and his disciples in the Last Supper, and The Jesus Boat which is a replica of a boat found in the Sea of Galilee, dated to the time of Christ.

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Mennello Museum of American Art

900 E Princeton St
Orlando, FL 32803   Directions

(407) 246-4278


At the Mennello Museum of American Art, view the most extensive collection of paintings by notable 20th century folk artist Earl Cunningham. His whimsical paintings include Viking ships, pink flamingos and other incongruous curiosities in small-town settings.

The Mennello Museum of American Art is a folk-art lover's dream, showcasing an extensive permanent collection of paintings by noted folk artist Earl Cunningham.

In addition, the museum helps to educate and enlighten the community through special exhibitions, publications and programs celebrating the outsider art and artists that have created the American folk art movement.

In his lifetime, Earl Cunningham painted more than 400 landscapes, of which a large number reside at the Mennello Museum.

Cunningham was noted for his flat perspective, vivid colors and incongruous additions to the landscape, such as flamingos in Maine and Viking ships in Florida.

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Orange County Regional History Center

65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801   Directions

(407) 836-8500


Discover the rich history of Central Florida at the Orange County Regional History Center. This fascinating museum takes visitors back 12,000 years and up to the present. Learn about the natural environment, the first people, cattle and citrus, aviation and the road to modern Orlando.

The Orange County Regional History Center explores 12,000 years of Central Florida history, all housed in three floors of fun and dynamic displays that investigate the many facets of life throughout the years.

The smart and funny displays began as a pioneer kitchen exhibit for the Central Florida Centennial Celebration. The exhibit remained opened after the celebration, and artifacts from public donations soon filled the old Orange County Courthouse where it was on display.

Eventually, the museum reopened in 1963 before finally getting a permanent home of its own in 2000.

The current Orange County Regional History Center showcases the vast collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida. In 2006, the museum was accepted as an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and was accredited by the American Association of Museums, the highest honor a museum can receive.

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Orlando Museum of Art

2416 N Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803   Directions

(407) 896-4231


View the extensive collection of American art, African art and art of the Ancient Americas at the Orlando Museum of Art. The private, non-profit museum also hosts new exhibits like "Common Ground: Art of the American Landscape."

The Orlando Museum of Art has had one of the earliest head starts in collecting and presenting works of art to the Orlando area, since its inception in 1924.

Long considered to be a leading cultural institution in the region, the Orlando Museum of Art presents notable works, exhibits works of local, regional and international significance, and presents first-rate educational program.

In all, the museum presents 10 to 12 new exhibits each year and its members are more than 5,000 strong.

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Orlando Science Center

777 E Princeton St
Orlando, FL 32803   Directions

(407) 514-2000


Examine the forces of nature at the Orlando Science Center, where you can explore exhibits and attractions and learn about a variety of subjects, like how to predict the weather in the Severe Weather Center. Or discover how our planet interacts with the solar system in the "Our Planet, Our Universe" exhibit. Education, fun and discovery all under one roof.

The Orlando Science Center manages to sneak plenty of science into a fun-filled afternoon of adventure!

For more than 50 years, the Orlando Science Center has opened the door to imagination and curiosity. Four floors of exhibits, movies and live interactive events will keep your family engaged for hours.

The center has expanded its offerings and activities throughout the years to reflect changes in the way kids learn and interact.

The traveling exhibit hall and the Curiosity Center for pre-schoolers are both wildly popular with visitors. NatureWorks is the latest and greatest addition, allowing visitors to explore the natural sciences.

The new 207,000-square-foot facility opened in 1997 and includes the CineDome Planetarium with its giant screen films and planetarium shows.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium

8201 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819   Directions

(407) 345-0501


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