Here you'll find all the museums, galleries, theaters and cultural spaces of Orlando that we can fit in one place. Check out our calendar at orlandoweekly.com every day to keep up with your city's many enlightening, edifying and educational events.
GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS
Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens
633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park, 407-647-6294, polasek.org
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, valenciacollege.edu/artsandentertainment/gallery
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, artandhistory.org
The cultural complex includes the Maitland Art Center (newly designated 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, artsondouglas.net
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., New Smyrna Beach, 386-427-6975, atlanticcenterforthearts.org
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, casafeliz.us
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, morsemuseum.org
This museum features an astounding collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including a recently opened wing dedicated to recreating the essence of Laurelton Hall, Tiffany's Long Island estate.
29 S. Orange Ave., 407-648-7060, cityartsfactory.com
This downtown arts space is the center of Orlando's Third Thursday art strolls. It hosts shows that change monthly, 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, rollins.edu/cfam
Tucked away on the campus of Rollins College, this museum recently received a major gift of contemporary art, the Alfond Collection, from a pair of alumni.
Crealdé School of Art
600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park, 407-671-1886, crealde.org
The school, set in lakeside bungalows with a sculpture garden, is known for creative classes as well as ever-changing gallery shows.
819 E. Washington St., 407-423-3060, facebook.com/thefalconbar
Revolving shows from emerging local artists, specializing in lowbrow, street and graffiti art.
Faith Arts Village Orlando
221 E. Colonial Drive, 407-222-1231, faithartsvillage.com
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, flyinghorse.cah.ucf.edu
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., facebook.com/thegalleryatavalonisland
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, hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org
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, holocaustedu.org
The tiny gallery within the Jewish Community Center hosts rotating exhibits that challenge the viewer.
47 E. Robinson St., 407-921-0693, jaigallery.net
Contemporary art gallery hopes to encourage a new generation of collectors.
Jeanine Taylor Folk Art
211 E. First St., Sanford, 407-323-2774, jtfolkart.com
This gallery in downtown Sanford actively promotes visionary folk artists such as Purvis Young and Mary Proctor.
Loft 55 Gallery
55 W. Church St., 407-451-6186, mkt.com/loft55gallery
Urban art gallery and boutique with a focus on supporting local artists and causes.
Museum of Art DeLand
Main location: 600 N. Woodland Blvd., satellite: 100 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, 386-734-4371, moartdeland.org
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, mennellomuseum.com
The space is tiny, but it packs a 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, thehistorycenter.org
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, omart.org
Nestled into Loch Haven Park, the newly reinvigorated OMA shows work by major artists as well as homegrown talent.
29 S. Orange St., 407-648-7060, redefinegallery.com
A tiny space within CityArts, Redefine is the area's most reliable purveyor of cutting-edge graffiti and street art.
1013 E. Colonial Drive, snaporlando.com
Slick photography-centric gallery in Mills 50 based in the historic Cameo Theatre building hosts the best art parties in town.
Southeast Museum of Photography
Daytona State College, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Building 1200, Daytona Beach, 386-506-4475, smponline.org
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, cityoforlando.net/arts
This gallery showcases some of the city of Orlando's public art collection, as well as nationally touring and locally curated exhibitions.
University of Central Florida, Visual Arts Building, 12400 Aquarius Agora Drive, 407-823-5470, gallery.cah.ucf.edu
Parking at UCF can be tough, but the gallery's faculty and student shows feature innovative modern works.
Well's Built Museum
511 W. South St., 407-245-7535, wellsbuilt.org
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, zoranealehurstonmuseum.com
This little gallery is devoted to African-American history and culture, and features the often-challenging work of contemporary artists of African descent.
THEATERS AND PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS
100 S. Eola Drive, 407-704-6261, abbeyorlando.com
A small mixed-use room in an ornate setting – with full bar 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, rollins.edu/annierussell
Red velvet curtains, plush cinema seats and the ghost of the namesake actress accentuate the dramatic at this student theater known for its productions of challenging works.
124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1500, athenstheatre.org
DeLand's restored historic theater hosts a resident community theater group, youth theater and concerts.
Bach Festival Society
1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, 407-646-2182, bachfestivalflorida.org
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, drphillipscenter.org
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, breakthroughtheatre.com
Non-Equity community theater features dance, theater and musical events.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
445 S. Magnolia Ave., 844-513-2014, drphillipscenter.org
Brand-new and beautiful, downtown's airy glass-and-steel cultural facility offers various multi-use spaces and theaters.
8747 International Drive, 347-855-3747, ilovedrip.org
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, parliamenthouse.com
The legendary gay resort is home to this small theater, which thrills audiences with drag delights and original comedies, musicals and guest productions.
160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, 407-877-4736, gardentheatre.org
The lovingly restored historic theater in quaint downtown Winter Garden hosts theater, film and family shows.
9101 International Drive, 407-480-5233, theimprovorlando.com
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, madcowtheatre.com
The established and well-regarded Mad Cow Theatre features regular stage productions as well as classes, workshops and socials.
445 S. Magnolia Ave., 844-513-2014, drphillipscenter.org
Orlando's professional ballet company settles gracefully into its new home at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
812 E. Rollins St., 407-770-0071, orlandophil.org
Wider fare than just classical music keeps the only professional orchestra in action: pops, film scores, opera and distinguished guest artists.
Orlando Repertory Theatre
1001 E. Princeton St., 407-896-7365, orlandorep.com
Professional family theater productions have become the domain of Orlando Rep, which also presents shows from its Youth Academy.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., 407-447-1700, orlandoshakes.org
One of the top Shakespeare companies in the country, OST produces a regular season in addition to PlayFest, which showcases new works.
The Princess Theater
115 W. First St., Sanford, 321-578-1463, princesstheatersanford.com
Home to the Cornerstone Theatre Company, which produces a well-received slate of classics each season.
Queen's Head Theatre
5429 Lake Howell Road, Winter Park, 407-960-4856, queensheadtheatre.com
Theatre company founded in 2014 has thus far presented a mix of sentimental classics (Steel Magnolias) and edgy new work (Tracy Letts' Bug).
SAK Comedy Lab
29 S. Orange Ave., 407-648-0001, sak.com
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, sleuths.com
Some of the best improvisers in town make it work here.
4000 Central Florida Blvd., 407-823-2862, theatre.ucf.edu
University of Central Florida's theater undergrads and grad students tackle an ambitious year-round schedule.
511 Virginia Drive, 407-412-6895, thevenueorlando.com
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, winterparkplayhouse.org
Cabarets, musicals and holiday fare – this little community theater offers a busy theatrical calendar all year round. n
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