The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
This museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by the American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933). Among the jewels in the collection are the restored Byzantine-Romanesque chapel interior that Tiffany designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and a wing showcasing art and architectural objects from Laurelton Hall, Tiffany’s celebrated Long Island home.
The recently restored Daffodil Terrace is a design lover’s dream with its leaded-glass windows and iconic Tiffany lamps among the featured installations. You can also find American pottery, furnishings and late 19th- and early 20th-century American painting and graphics.
From the 1880s to the 1930s, hundreds of African American communities were established throughout the southern states. Eatonville, which was the first community to incorporate an all-black government, is one of the few to survive.
Today, the town is a 20-acre historic district and is home to The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, which features the works of emerging and acclaimed artists of African descent. There’s also The Zora Neale Hurston Trail, which takes in 16 historic sites. A walking and driving tour brochure is available at the museum.
The Hannibal Square Heritage Center
This award-winning exhibition pays tribute to Winter Park’s African American community. The photographic collection dates back to the 1880s and is accompanied by oral histories told by current residents. The collection is accompanied by a timeline of local and national events from before the civil war through to the election of President Barack Obama.
This architectural treat is one of two remaining houses remain which were built in the pre-1900 wood-frame structure that are typical of the town. Associated with the first-generation of Eatonville citizens, the property has been lovingly restored and furnished with period pieces.
The Winter Park Playhouse
Experience musical theatre at its best at this intimate Off-Broadway style venue. Sip a cocktail in the Tuscan-style lobby before watching musical theatre, musical comedies and cabaret shows.
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
This listed museum is home to the collection of Czech-born American sculptor Albin Polasek and displays more than 200 works by Polasek as well as many pieces of contemporary art. Take a guided tour of Polasek’s historic residence and chapel and visit the breathtaking sculpture garden located on Lake Osceola.
Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
Producing choral music that’s left concertgoers spellbound since 1935, this famous choir and orchestra attract some of the finest chamber musicians in the world through its visiting artist programme. Attend its annual festival or look out for its year-round events.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
This distinguished collection includes the only Old Masters collection in the greater Orlando area and over 1600 objects, artefacts, and archaeological fragments from world cultures. More recent additions include The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, with almost 300 works in various media by established and emerging international artists.