While most people head down to South Florida in Orlando to take a trip to visit Mickey Mouse, the fact of the matter is that if you’re sick and tired of seeing those replicated plastic playthings and want to enjoy a little bit more of serious and American culture, you need to see what the Mennello Museum of American Art has to offer. Housing one of the most deep and eclectic collections of rare American art, you’ll find that the Mennello Museum of American Art is the kind of truly transformative experience that can change the way you look at our great nation forever.
Hidden away on the shores of Lake Formosa just north of Orlando, you’ll find the Mennello Museum of American Art housed in what used to be the residence of Howard Phillips. A true collector of all things American art and the son of noted and esteemed philanthropist Dr. P Phillips, this collection is both birth shattering for its range of collections as well as the rarity of the pieces. Housing one of the largest collections of Earl Cunningham primitive art, these paintings have the power to literally reshape the way you see art from that moment forward. Part of the permanent collection that is housed here, the paintings are rotated on a regular basis which means that each and every time you come back to the Mennello Museum of American Art, you stand a fantastic chance of seeing new work you wouldn’t have been exposed to previously.
Home to one of the largest sculpture gardens in all of Orlando, and the home to the annual Orlando Folk Festival, you’ll be beyond impressed with all of the more modern art fixtures that have taken up residence all along the serene lakeshore.
While you would be hard-pressed to find even a single person who found the city of Orlando to be dull, there is nothing quite like taking a little break from the hustle bustle and go-go of this American city and checking out some of the most amazing pieces of American art you’ll find under one roof. And the only place you’ll be able to do just that is by stepping through the doors of the Mennello Museum of American Art.
Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday Noon to 4:30 p.m.
|Address/Map:||900 East Princeton Street Orlando, FL 32803|
|Website:||Mennello Museum of American Art|
|Children under 6, active military and Members are free|