Did you know Orlando has 12,000 years of documented history that includes indigenous tribes, African-American trailblazers, artists, scientists, and pivotal historical events?
One of the best ways to experience the rich history of the city is to check out the most notable museums during your stay in Orlando. Here’s a look at some of the best ones you may want to explore.
Orange County Regional History Center
The Orange County Regional History Center is a 1927 county courthouse that houses many millennia of local history. Permanent collections spanning the three floors take you to the prehistoric past, so you can see how Orlando has evolved from an Indian settlement to a small citrus and cattle town to a contemporary city.
Wells’Built Museum of African American History & Culture
Learn about the African-American history and culture in Wells’Built Museum. In the past, the Wells’Built Hotel offered accommodation to African-American travelers who were not accepted in other hotels. Ray Charles was one of the guests! The museum is dedicated to Orlando’s African-American community and exhibits the Civil Rights movement and other African art.
Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center
Exhibits in the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center will take you to the place where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis with her family. Such events should never happen again, and this museum wants visitors to learn from history to avoid all forms of antisemitism.
Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens
Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens is the place where you can enjoy around 200 works of art by Albin Polasek. He lived in the house during the 1950s and 1960s until he passed away. The site was preserved to tell compelling stories about his art, so walk in the artist’s footsteps and explore the museum and the gardens.
Maitland Art Center
The Maitland Art Center is a National Historic Landmark due to the unique Aztec and Mayan architecture it exhibits. The museum is spread over two campuses, features collections and exhibits from the past ages, and offers educational programming.
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Visit the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art that houses the world’s most comprehensive collection by the Tiffany and Co. designer Louis Comfort. You will be amazed by Tiffany’s pottery, paintings, and jewelry, but also exhibits of American art from the last several centuries.
Rollins Museum of Art
More than five thousand objects spanning from ancient art to modern pieces are waiting for you to be explored in the Rollins Museum of Art. Parents love the museum because it offers a program for children, encouraging creativity and cognitive skills.
Each of the museums has something unique to offer, and they will help you learn more about Orlando. So if you have a chance to visit any of them during your stay in the city, make sure you do!
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