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A guide to galleries, museums, performing arts and theaters

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Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park
The former residence of the Czech artist serves as a gallery, and the grounds feature gorgeous lakeside gardens populated by his bronze sculptures.

Anita S. Wooten Gallery
Valencia College East Campus
701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail
Work by emerging American and international artists inspires Valencia students in this white-box gallery.

Art & History Museums – Maitland
231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland
407 539-2181
The cultural complex embraces André Smith’s famed Research Studio, the Victorian-era Waterhouse Residence and two technological repositories, the Telephone Museum and the Carpentry Shop Museum.

Atlantic Center for the Arts
1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach
The residency program, which draws internationally renowned visual artists, writers, musicians and poets, concludes with exhibits and performances four times per year.

Casselberry Art House
127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry
407-262-7700 ext. 1301
The quaint red-doored cottage offers 2,500 square feet of community space for classes, workshops, lectures, concerts and art shows.

UCF Center for Emerging Media
500 W. Livingston St.
Home to the cutting-edge Gallery 500 and Flying Horse Editions, this UCF satellite campus is conveniently located in downtown Orlando. The space hosts unique arts exhibits and events that feature film, photography, painting, illustration and fine-art printmaking.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park
This museum features an astounding collection of the works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including a recently opened wing dedicated to recreating the essence of Laurelton Hall, Tiffany’s Long Island, N.Y., estate.

CityArts Factory
29 S. Orange Ave.
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
Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park
Tucked away on the campus of Rollins College, this museum hosts thought-provoking guest exhibitions. It’s also home to a formidable permanent collection.

Crealdé School of Art
600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park
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.
Revolving shows from emerging contemporary artists both local and out-of-town, specializing in lowbrow, street and graffiti art, in an intimate bar setting.

Gallery Q
The Center Orlando
946 N. Mills Ave.
The brick-and-mortar home of the Orlando Art Collective, Gallery Q displays art by or supporting LGBT artists and issues.

Hannibal Square Heritage Center
642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park
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
The tiny gallery within the Jewish Community Center hosts rotating exhibits that challenge the viewer and speak to the horrors that took place during World War II.

Jai Gallery
101 S. Garland Ave., Suite 101
A new gallery in the historic Exchange Building, near downtown’s Church Street, puts the emphasis on fostering a new generation of collectors.

Museum of Florida Art
600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand
Smart decisions and passionate board members have led to impressive in-house exhibitions by Florida artists.

Mennello Museum of American Art
900 E. Princeton St.
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.

Orlando Museum of Art
2416 N. Mills Ave.
Nestled into Loch Haven Park, OMA features its private collection and traveling exhibits, but is best known for its 1st Thursday socials.

Redefine Gallery
29 S. Orange Ave.
A tiny space within the CityArts Factory, Redefine is the area’s most reliable purveyor of cutting-edge graffiti and street art; a room that small requires a choosy curator.

Southeast Museum of Photography
Daytona State College
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Building 1200, Daytona Beach
Yes, it’s way out there in Daytona, but photography lovers know it’s worth the hour-long drive to the coast to visit this space. Just about every angle of photography gets explored in the expansive institution with multiple galleries of national and international works.

Twelve21 Gallery
1221 N. Orange Ave.
Brainchild of the Laughing Samurai branding agency, Twelve21 curates a consistent mix of cutting-edge contemporary art in the clean, modern setting it deserves.

The Terrace Gallery
Orlando City Hall
400 S. Orange Ave.
This gallery showcases some of the city of Orlando’s public art collection, as well as nationally touring and locally curated exhibitions.

UCF Art Gallery
University of Central Florida
Visual Arts Building
Parking can be tough, but its faculty and student shows feature innovative modern works that make it worth any minor hassles.

Urban ReThink
625 E. Central Blvd.
The space that was once Orlando’s only independent bookstore is now a vibrant multi-use space curated by the Urban Think Foundation, filled with readings, experimental music, art, film and creative

Wells’ Built Museum of African American History and Culture
511 W. South St.
Housed in a historic hotel near the erstwhile South Street Casino (the only hotel nearby that would rent rooms to the casino’s chitlin circuit performers), Well’s Built is a trove of African-American artifacts.

Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts
227 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville
This little gallery is devoted to African-American history and culture and features the work of artists of African descent. It’s celebrating 20 years of operation in Eatonville, the oldest African-American incorporated municipality in the United States.


The Abbey
100 S. Eola Drive
A small mixed-use room in an ornate setting (with full bar service!) hosts art shows, cabaret, comedy, community theater and concerts.

Annie Russell Theatre
Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park
Red velvet curtains, plush cinema seats and the ghost of the namesake actress accentuate the dramatic at this theater, which presents both student and visiting-artist productions.

Art’s Sake Studios
680 Clay St., Winter Park
The intimate space offers acting classes by day and hosts local theater companies’ productions.

Athens Theatre
124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand
DeLand’s restored historic theater hosts a resident community theater group, youth theater and concerts.

Bach Festival Society
1000 Holt Ave.,Winter Park
Central Florida’s premier choral and orchestral group presents an annual season of Bach’s music, performed by the 160 volunteer members alongside international visiting artists.

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

Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
401 W. Livingston St.
The space may be dated and the sound system could use some work, but this old standby is home to all manner of popular performances, from concerts to touring Broadway shows.

Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park
421 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
Non-equity community theater features dance, theater and musical events.

Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum
656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park
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.

8747 International Drive
The interactive dance/performance art troupe known for flinging colored liquids and powders about the stage just moved into its own space and offers nightly shows.

Emotions Dance Company
456 Gallberry St., Altamonte Springs
A contemporary dance company that seeks to engage social and environmental issues.

Empty Spaces Theatre Co.
Impresario John DiDonna produces stage plays with Empty Spaces but also oversees “Orlando’s own steampunk circus,” the Phantasmagoria performance troupe.

Footlight Theatre & Cabaret Lounge at the Parliament House
410 N. Orange Blossom Trail
The legendary gay resort is home to this theater, which thrills audiences with drag delights and original comedies, musicals and guest productions.

Florida Opera Theatre
FOT works to fill the void left by the demise of Orlando Opera by staging chamber operas and recitals in collaboration with Orlando Philharmonic and other Florida opera groups.

Garden Theatre
160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden
Fully restored, the historic theater in quaint downtown Winter Garden hosts fine theater and family shows.

Greater Orlando Actors Theatre
2431 Aloma Ave., Winter Park
The passionate GOAT troupe has settled nicely into its new home in Winter Park near Crealdé School of Art.

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

Orlando Ballet
1111 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando’s professional ballet company performs its major productions – The Nutcracker included – at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre; 2013 featured a collaborative staging with the Orlando Phil and Bach Festival Society.

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
812 E. Rollins St., Suite 300
Wider fare than just classical music keeps the only local professional orchestra in action: pops, film scores, opera and distinguished guest artists.

Orlando Repertory Theatre
1001 E. Princeton St.
Professional family theater productions have become the domain of Orlando Rep, which also presents shows from its Youth Academy.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater
812 E. Rollins St.
One of the top Shakespeare companies in the country, OST produces a regular season in addition to PlayFest, which showcases new works.

Playwrights’ Round Table
Around since 1997, the Playwrights’ Round Table gives new and experienced playwrights and screenwriters a venue to showcase their new works.

SAK Comedy Lab
29 S. Orange Ave.
Good, clean fun is the hallmark of the best-known Orlando troupe for improvisational comedy shows, classes and workshops.

Theatre Downtown
2113 N. Orange Ave.
This cozy professional theater produces both classics and new works.

Theatre UCF
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
University of Central Florida’s theater undergrads and grad students tackle an ambitious year-round schedule of plays, musicals and youth theater.

Voci Dance
The modern dance company specializes in presenting theatrical experiences incorporating puppets, original music and elaborate set and costume design.

The Winter Park Playhouse
711 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park
Cabarets, musicals and holiday fare – this little community theater offers a busy theatrical calendar all year round.

Yow Dance
Choreographer Eric Yow makes it his mission to bring exposure to modern dance by staging performances by his company in a variety of educational settings.

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