2416 North Mills Avenue, Orlando 32803
(407) 896-4231; fax (407) 896-9920
Admission: Adults $8, children (6 to 18) $5, students and seniors (55+) $7; more for special exhibits; free on Thursdays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to local residents
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon to 4:00 p.m.
Location: In Loch Haven Park, near I-4 Exit 85
The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) was founded in 1924 to present local, regional, and national artists and develop art education programs for the community. Today, its handsome modern building with its arresting circular hub houses a permanent collection of nineteenth and twentieth century American paintings. There is also a distinguished collection of pre-Columbian art housed in its own gallery.
On any given day, the galleries may host a special exhibit, a selection of works on loan, and a selection of works from the permanent collection. The museum also offers regular video, film, and lecture series, most of which require an additional admission charge. Wheelchairs and lockers are provided free of charge.
A small but very classy gift shop offers a tasteful range of small art objects, reproductions, calendars, glossy art books, and artisanal works you are unlikely to find elsewhere. You can even get an Orlando Museum of Art t-shirt. There is also a small cafe with some interesting menu choices. On the first Thursday of each month, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the museum throws a party with a cash bar, live music from local bands, and themed art by local artists. The $8 admission also allows entry to the galleries.
Nearby: Leu Gardens, Mennello Museum, Orlando Fire Museum, Orlando Science Center.
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