MIAMI MUSEUMS


 

National Naval Aviation Museum
Pensacola NAS DRMO, 1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32508, USA/ 1850.452.3604/ www.navalaviationmuseum.org

The National Naval Aviation Museum, formerly known as the National Museum of Naval Aviation and the Naval Aviation Museum, is a military and aerospace museum located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. The museum was established 14 December 1962 with the initial facility located in a cramped 8,500 square foot building aboard the air station that had been erected during World War II and which was dedicated in June 1963. The Phase I portion of the current facility was dedicated Sunday 13 April 1975, although it had been informally open since November 1974. In addition to the displays, the museum operates an IMAX theatre, museum store, and cafe. Open: Daily, 9 am - 5 pm.

 

 
 
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National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum
3300 N Hwy A1A, Fort Pierce, FL 34949, USA/ 1772.595.5845/ www.navysealmuseum.org

The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, also known as the Navy SEAL Museum, is located in St. Lucie County, just outside Fort Pierce, Florida. It houses exhibits to inform and educate on the role of Navy Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) and Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) teams. The museum also preserves the history of the SEALs (the original Navy frogmen first trained outside of Fort Pierce). The idea of the museum originated in the home of Albert Stankie, where he and other former UDT Frogmen gathered personal artifacts and experiences from their service in World War II. Open: Tue - Sat, 10 am - 4 pm; Sun, 12 am - 4 pm.

 

 
 

Norman Studios
6337 Arlington Rd, Jacksonville, Florida, USA/ 1904.742.7011/ normanstudios.org

Norman Studios was an American film studio in Jacksonville, Florida. Founded by Richard Edward Norman, the studio produced silent films featuring all-African-American casts from 1920 to 1928. The only surviving studio from the period of early filmmaking in Jacksonville, its facilities are now the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum. One of the most prominent studios creating films for black audiences in the silent era, Norman's films featured all-black casts with protagonists in positive roles. During its run it produced eight feature length films and numerous shorts; its only surviving film, The Flying Ace, has been restored by the Library of Congress. The studio transitioned to distribution and promotion after the rise of talking pictures made its technology obsolete, and eventually closed. In the 21st century, the studio's facilities were restored and re-purposed as a museum.

 
 

Norton Museum of Art
1451 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA/ 1561.832.5196/ www.norton.org

The Museum is internationally known for its distinguished permanent collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, Davis, Hassam, Hopper, Manship, O'Keeffe, Pollock and Sheeler. The Museum presents special exhibitions, lectures, tours and programs for adults and children throughout the year. Open: Fri - Sun, Tue, Wed, 12 am - 5 pm; Thu, 12 am - 9 pm.

 
 
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Old Citrus County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Sq, Inverness, Florida, USA/ 1352.341.6428/ www.cccourthouse.org

The Old Citrus County Courthouse (constructed in 1912) is a historic site in Inverness, Florida located at 1 Courthouse Square. On April 17, 1992 it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The building was designed by J. R. MacEachron and Willis R. Biggers. The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum opened in the building in 2000, and is operated by the Citrus County Historical Society. Exhibits focus on local county history. The second floor of the courthouse was restored to its original appearance in 2000. In 1961, scenes from the movie Follow That Dream, starring Elvis Presley, were filmed in the courtroom. Open: Mon - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm.

 
 

Palm Beach Photographic Center
415 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, USA/ 1561.253.2600/ www.workshop.org

The school at Palm Beach Photographic Centre, offers over 300 photography and digital imaging workshops with world-renowned photographers and digital imaging artists such as Vincent Versace, Laurence Gartel, Lewis Kemper, Joyce Tenneson and John Reuter, and many others. With two state-of-the-art digital MAC labs, multiple class rooms and a large photography studio space, the Centre offers classes at every level of your development ~ from the beginner to the professional. Open: Mon - Thu, 10 am - 6 pm; Fri, Sat, 10 am - 5 pm.

 

 
 
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Panama City Center for the Arts
19 E 4th St, Panama City, FL 32401, USA/ 1850.640.3670/ www.centerfortheartspc.com

The Panama City Center for the Arts, formerly the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida, is an art center in Panama City, Florida. Its development was part of downtown revitalization efforts. The center hosts shows of fine art, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics, as well as music and film events and classes. The Panama City Center for the Arts is located at 19 East 4th Street in historic downtown Panama City. The building was originally Panama City's first city hall. The Center is managed by Bay Arts Alliance, a local non-profit arts agency of Bay County, and is partly supported by the city. Open: Tue - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Pensacola Museum of Art
407 S Jefferson St, Pensacola, FL 32502, USA/ 1850.432.6247/ www.pensacolamuseum.org

The Pensacola Museum of Art is the only art museum in the city of Pensacola, Florida. It was founded in 1954 by a group of women from the American Association of University Women. Establishment of the Museum’s permanent collection began soon after incorporation in 1954. The collection contains 20th and 21st century works by artists such as Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Leonard Baskin, Salvador Dalí, Thomas Hart Benton, Louis Comfort Tiffany and Käthe Kollwitz. Over the course of the past 54 years, the PMA has presented hundreds of exhibitions and thousands of educational opportunities, becoming the foundation for the visual arts in Pensacola. Open: Tue - Fri, 10 am - 5 pm; Sat, 11 am - 4 pm; Sun, 12 am - 4 pm.

 
 

Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132, USA/ 1305.375.3000/ pamm.org

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is a contemporary art museum that relocated in 2013 to the Museum Park in Downtown Miami, Florida. Founded in 1984 as the Center for the Fine Arts, it became known as the Miami Art Museum from 1996 until it was renamed in 2013 upon the opening its new building designed by Herzog & de Meuron at 1103 Biscayne Boulevard. PAMM, along with the $275 million Patricia Frost Museum of Science and a city park which are being built in the area with completion scheduled for 2015, is part of the 20-acre Museum Park (formerly Bicentennial Park). Open: Fri - Tue, 10 am - 6 pm; Thu, 10 am - 9 pm.

 
 

Polk County Historical Museum
100 E Main St, Bartow, FL 33830, USA/ 1863.534.4386/ www.polkcountyhistory.org

The Polk County Historical Museum is located at 100 East Main Street, Bartow, Florida. The museum consists of exhibits presenting local and regional history, and is located in the historic Old Polk County Courthouse. Open: Tue - Sat, 9 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Ransom Arts Center
4200 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711, USA/ 1305.460.8800/ www.ransomeverglades.org

Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.

 
 

Ringling College of Art and Design Galleries
2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234, USA/ 1800.255.7695/ www.ringling.edu

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelor's degree in 14 disciplines: Advertising Design, Business of Art & Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The College is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design [AICAD] and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design [NASAD].

 
 

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA/ 1941.359.5700/ www.ringling.org

The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and is administered by Florida State University. It features an art museum, historic mansion, circus museum, historic theater, conservation laboratory, and research library, situated on sixty-six acres of spectacular bay front property in Sarasota. The Ringling is a place of art, architecture, and circus in an environment that inspires, educates, entertains, and honors the legacy of John & Mable Ringling. Open: Daily, 10 am - 5 pm, Thu, 10 am - 8 pm.

 

 
 

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

University of Florida, 3259 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA/ 1352.392.9826/ www.harn.ufl.edu

The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art is an art museum at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. It is in the UF Cultural Plaza area in the southwest part of campus. One of the largest university art museums in the South, the Harn has more than 6200 works in its permanent collection and an array of temporary exhibitions. The museum's permanent collections are focused on Asian, African, modern and contemporary art, as well as photography. The museum sponsors international and Florida-centric exhibitions. The university sponsors educational programs at the museum including films, lectures, interactive activities, and school and family offerings. Open: Tue - Fri, 11 am - 5 pm; Sat, 10 am - 5 pm; Sun; 1 pm - 5 pm.

 
 

San Carlos Institute

516 Duval St, Key West, Florida, USA/ 1305.294.3887/ www.institutosancarlos.org

The San Carlos Institute, also known as the San Carlos, is a Cuban heritage center and museum located at 516 Duval Street in Key West, Florida. The institute was founded in 1871 by members of the Cuban exile community with the goal of preserving and promoting the language, cultural values, and patriotic ideals of the Cuban people. Today, the San Carlos Institute is a multi-purpose facility that functions as a museum, library, school, conference center, theater, and art gallery for the Key West community. The institute maintains several permanent installations related to Cuban history and hosts a number of popular cultural and artistic events. Open: Fri - Sat, 11 am - 9 pm.

 
 

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, FL 33405/ 1561.832.1988/ www.sfsciencecenter.org

The South Florida Museum, located in Bradenton, Florida, is a natural and cultural history museum specializing in the history of Florida's gulf coast. It houses exhibits highlighting Florida history from the prehistoric to the present. The Museum also features regularly changing exhibits in the East Gallery, as well as in other small galleries throughout the first and second floors of the Museum. The Museum also includes the Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Open: Mon - Fri, 9 am - 5 pm; Sat - Sun, 10 am - 6 pm.

 
 

Southeast Museum of Photography

1200 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA/ 1386.506.4475/ www.smponline.org

The Southeast Museum of Photography is located in Daytona Beach, Florida, on the campus of Daytona State College. It opened in 1992, and moved to a new facility (the Mori Hosseini Center) in 2007. The museum's permanent collection has more than 3,500 photographs and includes work by William Klein, Sally Mann, Harry Callahan, Gordon Parks, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Aaron Siskind and Robert Rauschenberg among others. It holds approximately 20 exhibitions per year. Open: Tue, Thu, Fri, 11 am - 5 pm; Wed, 11 am - 7 pm; Sat, 1 pm - 5 pm.

 
 
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Southwest Florida Museum of History

2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916, USA/ 1239.321.7430/ www.museumofhistory.org

The Southwest Florida Museum of History (SWFLM) is a history museum in Fort Myers, Florida. The museum is in historic downtown Ft. Myers, in a former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad depot at 2031 Jackson Street (one block south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Exhibits include Paleo Indian artifacts, information on the Calusa and Seminole peoples, and information on Spanish explorers and early settlers, cattlemen, regional military history, agricultural history, and the boating and fishing industries. The collection includes antiques, decorative arts, a pioneer "Florida cracker" house, a 1926 La France fire pumper, and a 1929 private Pullman rail car.

 
 

St. Petersburg Museum of History

335 Second Ave. N.E. St. Petersburg, FL 33701/ 1727.894.1052/ spmoh.com

St. Petersburg Museum of History is located in St. Petersburg, Florida and exhibits cover the area's history. The museum was founded in 1920 as the St. Petersburg Memorial Historical Society. The city of St. Petersburg, Florida granted the organization use of an old aquarium building in 1922 where it is still located at 335 Second Avenue North East. The museum is the oldest museum in Pinellas County. The Mission of the St. Petersburg Museum of History is to collect, preserve and communicate the history and heritage of Florida with emphasis on St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Peninsula. The museum hosts a variety of traveling exhibits, evening events, guest speakers and more that promote adult lifelong learning. Open: Mon - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm; Sun, 12 am - 5 pm.

 
 

T. T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum

330 S Jefferson St, Pensacola, FL 32502, USA/ 1850.595.5990/ www.historicpensacola.org

The T. T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum is a museum of history located at 330 Jefferson Street in the Plaza Ferdinand VII in Pensacola, Florida. It is part of the Historic Pensacola Village museum complex. The building, reminiscent of the Alamo mission style, was built in 1907 as the Pensacola City Hall and served as such until 1985 when the present city hall was built at 180 Governmental Center, also known as 222 West Main Street. In 1989, the building was listed as the Pensacola City Hall in A Guide to Florida's Historic Architecture, published by the University of Florida Press. Open: Tue, Wed, 10 am - 4 pm; Thu - Sat, 10 am - 7 pm; Sun, 12 am - 4 pm.

 
 

Tallahassee Museum

3945 Museum Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32310, USA/ 1850.575.8684/ tallahasseemuseum.org

The Tallahassee Museum is the home of Bellevue Plantation, a historic 1880s pioneer farmstead, native Florida wildlife habitat, Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures, and much more. With music and art festivals year-round, exciting summer camps and educational series, and thrilling zip lines, the Museum strives to offer something for everyone. The Tallahassee Museum promotes the knowledge and understanding of the Big Bend’s rich cultural history and natural environment, inspiring people to enrich their lives and build a better community. Open: Mon - Sat, 9 am - 5 pm; Sun, 11 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA/ 1813.228.0097/ tampabayhistorycenter.org

Tampa Bay History Center is a history museum in Tampa, Florida. Exhibits include coverage of the Tampa Bay area's first native inhabitants, Spanish conquistadors, and historical figures who shaped the area's history, as well as a reproduction of a 1920s cigar store. The museum is on the waterfront at 801 Old Water Street in Tampa’s Channelside District. It opened on January 17, 2009. The History Center building is 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) with 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of exhibit space. Open: Daily, 10 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Tampa Museum of Art

120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602, USA/ 1813.274.8130/ tampamuseum.org

The Tampa Museum of Art is located in downtown Tampa, Florida. It exhibits modern and contemporary art, as well as Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. The museum was founded in 1979 and debuted an award-winning new building in 2010 just north of its original site along Tampa's Riverwalk on the banks of Hillsborough River. In 2010, the Tampa Museum of Art was chosen as a winner of an American Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. Open: Mon - Thu, 11 am - 7 pm; Fri, 11 am - 10 pm; Sat, Sun, 11 am - 5 pm.

 
 

University of Central Florida Art Gallery

12400 Aquarius Agora Dr, Orlando, Florida, USA/ 1407.823.5470/ gallery.cah.ucf.edu

Established in 1974, the UCF Art Gallery has been a pillar for a constantly morphing atmosphere. Having curated over 200 exhibitions and featuring numerous artists throughout the world, the UCF Art Gallery reflects the eclectic vision that makes the university a thriving entity within Central Florida. Today, the gallery continues to integrate a diverse approach to the education, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of art in its many forms. Open: Mon - Fri, 10 am - 5 pm.

 
 

University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum

3821 Holly Dr, Tampa, Florida, USA/ 1813.974.2849/ www.ira.usf.edu

University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum is a contemporary art museum at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. It opened at its current location in 1989. Exhibitions include graphic designs and sculpture. USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) exhibits significant and investigative exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States and around the world to introduce USF students, faculty and the Tampa Bay community to current cultural trends. Open: Mon - Fri, 10 am - 5 pm; Sat, 1 pm - 4 pm.

 
 

Vero Beach Museum of Art

3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, Florida 32963, USA/ 1772.231.0707/ www.verobeachmuseum.org

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is located at 3001 River Park Drive, Vero Beach, Florida. It houses regional, state and national art exhibits and includes a sculpture garden. The Vero Beach Museum of Art is the principal cultural arts facility of its kind on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The accredited art museum includes art exhibitions, a sculpture garden, studio art and humanities classes, exhibition tours, performances, a museum store, film studies, an art research library, workshops and seminars, children and youth events, and community cultural celebrations. Open: Mon - Sat, 10 am - 4:30 pm; Sun, 1 pm - 4:30 pm.

 
 

Villa Zorayda

83 King St, St Augustine, FL 32084, USA/ 1904-829.9887/ www.villazorayda.com

Villa Zorayda is a house at 83 King Street in St. Augustine, Florida. Built in 1883 by the eccentric Boston millionaire Franklin W. Smith as his winter home, it was inspired by the 12th-century Moorish Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. Smith named it '"Villa Zorayda", after one of the princesses in Washington Irving's Tales of the Alhambra. The building and part of Franklin Smith's art and antique collection were sold to Abraham Mussallem, a rug and antiquities merchant originally from Syria, in 1913. On September 23, 1993, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The Villa Zorayda Museum is still owned by the Mussallem family and contains the original art and antique collection assembled by Franklin Smith and Abraham Mussallem. Open: Mon - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm; Sun, 11 am - 4 pm.

 
 

Wolfsonian-FIU

1001 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA/ 1305.531.1001/ www.wolfsonian.org

The Wolfsonian–Florida International University or The Wolfsonian-FIU, located in the heart of the Art Deco District of Miami Beach, Florida, is a museum, library and research center that uses its collection to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design. For fifteen years, The Wolfsonian has been a division within Florida International University.

 
 

World Erotic Art Museum Miami

1205 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA/ 1305.532.9336/ weam.com

Located in Miami Beach's Art Deco district, the World Erotic Art Museum's collection covers contemporary art to ancient artifacts, from Picasso to Pompeii. Visit us today to enjoy the world's greatest private collection of Erotic Art. The collection includes sculptures, drawings, paintings, and photographs. The collection ranges from folk art to world known artists and their artwork.The Museum shows artwork from artists like Rembrandt, Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Fernando Botero as well as Robert Maplethorpe, Helmut Newton and Bunny Yeager to name just a few out of more than 4000. Open: Mon - Thu, 11 am - 10 pm; Fri - Sun, 11 am - Midnight.

 
 

Young at Art Museum

751 SW 121st Ave, Davie, FL 33325, USA/ 1954.424.0085 / www.youngatartmuseum.org

Young At Art Museum (YAA) is a museum in Davie, Florida founded in 1987 with the belief that art is a fundamental part of a child’s complete education. The museum is one of only 8 Major Cultural Institutions in Broward County, and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The 55,000 sq. ft. museum features exhibition galleries, a YAA Art Institute, Teen Center, Museum Preschool and Broward County Public Library. Open: Mon - Thu, 10 am - 5 pm; Fri, Sat, 10 am - 6 pm; Sun, 11 am - 6 pm.