Here's where to explore and experience Orlando's vibrant arts scene

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Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens

633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park | 407-647-6294 |

The Czech artist's former residence is now a gallery, surrounded by gorgeous lakeside gardens full of his bronze sculptures.

Anita S. Wooten Gallery

Valencia College East Campus | 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail 407-582-2298 |

Valencia students and faculty display their work in this white-box gallery alongside that of visiting and local artists.

Art and History Museums – Maitland

231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland | 407-539-2181 |

The cultural complex includes the Maitland Art Center (a National Historic Landmark), the Germaine Marvel multi-use space, the Victorian-era Waterhouse Residence, the Telephone Museum and the Carpentry Shop Museum.

Arts on Douglas

123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach | 386-428-1133

The exhibition arm of Atlantic Center for the Arts shows cutting-edge visual works in the heart of this charming beach town.

Atlantic Center for the Arts

1414 Art Center Ave., NewSmyrna Beach | 386-427-6975

The residency program, which draws internationally renowned visual artists, writers and musicians, also offers public exhibits and performances several times per year.

Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum

656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park | 407-628-8200 |

Winter Park's landmark farmhouse, designed by noted architect James Gamble Rogers in 1932, hosts art, music and talks on historical preservation within its luxurious walls.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park | 407-645-5311 |

This museum features an astounding collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including a wing dedicated to recreating the essence of Laurelton Hall, Tiffany's Long Island estate.

CityArts Factory

29 S. Orange Ave. | 407-648-7060 |

This downtown arts space is the center of Orlando's Third Thursday art strolls. It hosts shows that change month- ly and it's home to a number of independent galleries and arts spaces.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park | 407-646-2526 |

Tucked away on the campus of Rollins College, this museum displays new work alongside a major acquisition of contemporary art, the Alfond Collection.

Crealdé School of Art

600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park | 407-671-1886 |

The school, set in lakeside bungalows with a sculpture garden, is known for creative classes as well as ever-changing gallery shows.

The Falcon

819 E. Washington St. | 407-423-3060 |

Revolving shows from emerging local artists, specializing in lowbrow, street and graffiti art.

Faith Arts Village Orlando

221 E. Colonial Drive | 407-222-1231

This ministry of Park Lake Presbyterian Church, housed in an old motel, provides individual artists studios and hosts a monthly art market.

Flying Horse Editions

500 W. Livingston St. | 407-235-3619 |

University of Central Florida's fine art research facility and nonprofit publisher of limited-edition prints, artist books and multiple-edition art objects.

Gallery at Avalon Island

39 S. Magnolia Ave. |

The historic building recalls Orlando's past; the sophisticated exhibits within feature local, national and international artists.

Hannibal Square Heritage Center

642 W. New England Ave.,Winter Park | 407-539-2680

Established in 2007, the gallery presents exhibitions and displays archival photos and historical documents related to the African-American experience in the evolving west Winter Park neighborhood.

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida

851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland | 407-628-0555 |

The tiny gallery within the Jewish Community Center hosts rotating exhibits that challenge the viewer.

Museum of Art DeLand

Main location: 600 N. Woodland Blvd., satellite: 100 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand | 386-734-4371 |

Smart curating and passionate board members have led to impressive in-house exhibitions by artists from Florida and beyond.

The Mennello Museum of American Art

900 E. Princeton St. | 407-246-4278 |

The space is small, but it packsa lot of punch. It's a showcase for works by folk artist Earl Cunningham and an eclectic mix of traveling exhibitions.

Orange County Regional History Center

65 E. Central Blvd. | 407-836-8500 |

This storehouse of archived wonders fills its exhibition spaces with traveling exhibitions as well as homegrown collections.

Orlando Museum of Art

2416 N. Mills Ave. | 407-896-4231 |

Nestled into Loch Haven Park, the newly reinvigorated OMA shows work by major artists as well as homegrown talent.

Redefine Gallery

29 S. Orange Ave. | 407-648-7060 |

A tiny gallery space within CityArts, Redefine is the area's most reliable purveyor of cutting-edge graffiti and street art from out-of-towners and locals.

Snap Space and Snap Downtown

1013 E. Colonial Drive and 420 E. Church St. | 407-286-2185

Slick photography-centric galleries – one in Mills 50 in the historic Cameo Theatre and one east of downtown in the 420 East building – host the best art parties in town. That Rebecca Rose ring on page 50? That was shown at Snap.

Southeast Museum of Photography

Daytona State College | 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Building 1200, Daytona Beach |386-506-4475 |

Yes, it's way out there in Daytona, but photography lovers know it's worth the drive to the coast to visit. Just about every angle of photography gets explored in the expansive institution with multiple galleries of national and international works.

The Terrace Gallery

Orlando City Hall | 400 S. Orange Ave. | 407-246-4279

This gallery showcases some of the city of Orlando's public art collection, as well as nationally touring and locally curated exhibitions.

UCF Gallery

University of Central Florida | Visual Arts Building, 12400 Aquarius Agora Drive | 407-823-5470 |

Parking at UCF can be tough, but the gallery's faculty and student shows feature innovative modern works that are worth it.

Well's Built Museum

511 W. South St. |407-245-7535 |

Housed in a historic hotel, Well's Built is a trove of African-American artifacts.

Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts

227 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville | 407-647-3307

This little gallery is devotedto African-American history and culture, and features the often-challenging work of contemporary artists of African descent.


The Abbey

100 S. Eola Drive | 407-704-6261 |

A small mixed-use room inan ornate setting – with fullbar service – hosts cabaret, comedy, community theater and concerts, as well as the Orlando Ballet Uncorked series.

Annie Russell Theatre

Rollins College | 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park | 407-646-2145

Red velvet curtains, plush cinema seats and the ghostof the namesake actress accentuate the dramatic at this student theater known for its productions of challenging works.

Athens Theatre

124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand | 386-736-1500 |

DeLand's restored historic theater hosts a resident community theater group, youth theater and concerts.

Bach Festival Society

Rollins College | 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park | 407-646-2182

BFS presents an annual season of classical music, performed by the 160 volunteer members as well as visiting artists.

Bob Carr Theater

401 W. Livingston St. | 844-513-2014 |

Now operated by the Dr. Phillips Center, this old standby still hosts the Orlando Phil, as well as concerts and variety shows.

Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park

421 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park | 407-920-4034

Non-Equity community theater features dance, theater and musical events.

Dance Theatre of Orlando

Marshall Ellis Theatre | 1300 La Quinta Drive

In 2016, ME Dance changed its name to Dance Theatre of Orlando, but the troupe still performs at the Marshall Ellis Theatre.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

445 S. Magnolia Ave., 844-513-2014,

The airy glass-and-steel cultural facility offers various multi-use spaces and theaters.


8747 International Drive | 347-855-3747 |

Dance/performance art troupe is known for flinging colored liquids and powders about the stage and on each other.

Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House

410 N. Orange Blossom Trail | 407-425-7571 |

The legendary gay resort is home to this small theater,which thrills audiences with drag delights and original productions.

Garden Theatre

160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden | 407-877-4736

The lovingly restored historic theater in quaint downtown Winter Garden hosts theater, film and family shows.

Improv Orlando

9101 International Drive | 407-480-5233 |

Touring and local stand-ups, magicians and sketch comedy troupes perform while patrons enjoy dinner and drinks.

Mad Cow Theatre

54 W. Church St. | 407-297-8788 |

The established and well-regarded Mad Cow Theatre features regular stage productions as well as classes, workshops and socials.

Orlando Ballet

445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 |

Orlando's professional ballet company has settled gracefully into its home at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

812 E. Rollins St. | 407-770-0071 |

Wider fare than just classical music keeps our only professional orchestra in action: pops, film scores, opera and distinguished guest artists.

Orlando Repertory Theatre

1001 E. Princeton St. | 407-896-7365 |

Professional family theater productions have become the domain of Orlando Rep, which also presents shows from its Youth Academy.

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Lowndes Shakespeare Center | 812 E. Rollins St. | 407-447-1700

One of the top Shakespeare companies in the country, OST produces a regular season in addition to PlayFest, which showcases new works.

SAK Comedy Lab

29 S. Orange Ave. | 407-648-0001 |

Good, clean fun is the hallmark of the troupe that specializes in improvisational comedy shows.

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows

8267 International Drive | 407-363-1985 |

The best improvisers in town "yes, and" here.

Theatre UCF

4000 Central Florida Blvd. | 407-823-2862 |

University of Central Florida's theater undergrads and grad students tackle an ambitious year-round schedule.

The Venue

511 Virginia Drive | 407-412-6895 |

This theater and performance space is the home of Blue Star and her Varietease troupe, but also hosts plays, concerts, dance performances and cabarets.

The Winter Park Playhouse

711 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park | 407-645-0145

Cabarets, musicals and holiday fare – this little community theater offers a busy theatrical calendar all year round.


Some vital performing arts groups around town that don't have a fixed address.

Baggy Pants Theater

Community theater group with a focus on social outreach.

Beth Marshall Presents

The longtime Fringe Festival producer has formed her own company, producing an ambitious slate of plays and events.

Center for Contemporary Dance

Home to resident modern dance companies Moore Dance Project, U-Turn Dance Company, Explore Theatre & Dance Co. and Coby Project.

Central Florida Community Arts

This very inclusive musical arts organization believes every artistof every age should have a cultural platform to connect and perform.

Dark Side of Saturn

Edgy musical theater company launched in 2012 by Nick Baniewich.

Emotions Dance Company

A contemporary dance company that seeks to engage social and environmental issues.

Empty Spaces Theatre Co.

John DiDonna and Seth Kubersky lead a group known for producing challenging contemporary works.

Opera Orlando

The newly renamed group stages chamber operas and recitals in collaboration with Orlando Philharmonic and other Florida opera groups.


A Victorian steampunk circus troupe offering "macabre and delicious Halloween treats and tricks."

Playwrights' Round Table

The mission of the group is to find and nurture new playwrights and give a home to new stage works.

Theatre Downtown

Though they lost their longtime home at the corner of Orange and Princeton at the end of 2014, TD is still producing shows.

Voci Dance

The modern dance company presents theatrical experiences incorporating elaborate set and costume design.

Wanzie Presents

Local impresario Michael Wanzie presents camp classics and produces his own works around town.

Yow Dance

Contemporary dance troupe performs original and repertory works.


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