Museums in Orlando, FL


The city of Orlando is a land showered of places that’s continually preserving history which isn’t just exclusive to the land where it resides but extends to other parts of the world as well.

In Orlando’s International Drive, a wide collection of the world’s most exotic, unusual and amazing artifacts are displayed inside this structure that is mystifying on its own good, appearing to be dropping on its own sinkhole. This is Ripley’s Believe It or Not Orlando Odditorium which showcases to onlookers Robert Ripley’s passion for the earth’s mysteries.


Along with the artifacts is a collection of 20,000 photographs and 130,000 cartoon panels that is disseminated to twenty seven other Odditoriums in the countries around the world. 

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Included in the majestic collection in Orlando are the Shrunken Heads from Ecuador, the 26 ft. tall by 20 ft. wide Van Gogh’s self-portrait-inspired postcard mural and the Rolls Royce made purely of matchsticks, and a collection of the most renowned fertility statues. The Odditorium accepts visitors daily, from 9:00 AM 1:00 AM. The tour is a self-guide one and visitors can explore the whole place as long as they want since there are no time limits of stay, although the average visiting time marks at one to two hours. Another important museum in Orlando is the Old Orange County Courthouse-turned-Orange County Regional History Center. a structure built in 1927 in 65 East Central Boulevard which became a repository of the past's memory jewels. When the courthouse was transferred to its new home in 1997, a collaborative effort by the South Florida Historical and Archaeological Society, Antiquarian Society and various government bodies gather artifacts that will make up the History Center. In 2000, the center finally opened to the public, offering visitors to savor the glimpse of the past through photographs, household items, memorabilia, fossils, old garments and rare books among other items amidst the vast collection.

Lovers of sculpture should not miss to set their feet in Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture gardens, a place of honor for Albin Polasek, an internationally-known sculptor. The museum was actually the residence of the sculptor and his wife until they decided to open it in 1961 for the public to see. The residence/museum turns out to be a breathtaking place of aesthetics that includes a gallery, a chapel and a garden. Included in the sculpture collection are Maternal Love (in bronze), Eternal Moment (in stone), Peggy Snook (in plaster) and Basin and Base (in marble).

Considered as one of the best art museums, the Orlando Museum of Art traced its roots back in the early 1920s as a small meeting place for artists where they can show and criticize each others work. It was in 1971 when the American Association of Museums have accredited this place located at 2416 North Mills Avenue as a museum and has become a major cultural institution in Florida since then for its consistent display of excellence in the visual arts, and has a collection that includes American art, African art and art of the ancient Americas. Aside from the abovementioned museums, Orlando also serves as home for numerous other museums such as the Maitland Art Center, Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Museum, Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford Museum and University of Central Florida Art Gallery.