The Historical Museum opened its doors in 1942 in the Orange County Courthouse, which was built in 1892. It began as a pioneer kitchen exhibit for the Central Florida Centennial Celebration. These days, it brings photography exhibits to life, hosts gatherings, and serves as a way to preserve Central Florida history.
Kids and adults alike love the Orlando Science Center. It’s four floors of pure fun. Check out simulators at Science Park and DinoDigs, where a fossil display is the main attraction. To top it off, the giant refractor telescope at the top of the observatory offers stellar star-gazing. Quarterly, the Science Center offers a fun social hour called Cocktails & Cosmos, complete with live performances and unique exhibits.
For another dose of ingenuity, walk across the street to the Mennello Museum of American Art. Inside, a treasure trove of works is on display by folk artist Earl Cunningham. Outside, the lawn areas offers gorgeous views and majestic trees. One in particular is known as “The Mayor,” one of Central Florida’s oldest and largest oaks. It’s dozens of massive limbs that rest on the ground are a sight to see.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art boasts the world’s most comprehensive collection of Tiffany jewelry, pottery, paintings and lamps. Plus, there’s the chapel interior that Charles Tiffany, one of Winter Park’s first residents, designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
It began with a group of artists in the 1920s displaying their work. Today, it’s known as one of the best museums in the South. A big part of Orlando’s cultural scene, the museum plays host to the Festival of Trees and other fun events throughout the year.