Orlando Arts are anchored by one the best performing art centers in the South, an immaculately restored classic theater, an inviting fine art museum, and lake-side amphitheater that attract national productions of artists from many genres.
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 2014 as the replacement for Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, this must-see architectural complex is the focal point of performing arts in Central Florida. The destination complex includes the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal space. Phillips Center attracts the best international, national and local artists, including Broadway, ballet, jazz, rock, orchestra, comedy, outdoor concerts, festivals, family shows and arts education programs. Diana Ross, Bernadette Peters and Bill Maher have performed here.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 10a-5p and 3 hours prior to each event
ADDRESS: 445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL MAP
PARKING: paid garages nearby
Mad Cow Theatre
DESCRIPTION: These engaging actors, writers and directors who know how to please with both zany and thoughtful plays. The theatre hosts Orlando’s most respected professional theatre company, which presents a diverse compelling works for a wide-range of audiences.
BOX OFFICE: opens Mon-Fri and before most plays begin at 7:30p
ADDRESS: 105 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL MAP
PARKING: garages nearby in downtown
Orlando Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1924, with its most recent expansion in 1997, the museum now has space to better show its permanent collections of African Art, American Art and Art of the Ancient Americas; the African Art collectioh includes distinguised art from the Tutsi and Kuba of Central Africa, Zulu of South Africa, and Berber of North Africa; additionally, as Orlando has grown, the museum’s ability to attract major touring exhibits has exapanded as well
ADMISSION: Adults $8, age 65+, College Students and Active Military $7
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 9a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 2416 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL MAP
PARKING: free on premises
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1961 by Albin Polasek, who was one of America’s prominent sculptors of the 20th century. He and his wife created works in stone, bronze, plaster, wood and painting in their residence. The galleries, chapel and gardens were opened to the public as a museum.
ADMISSION: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 students, ages 11 and under enter free; garden access is free
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-4p, Sun 1p-4p
ADDRESS: 633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park, FL MAP
PARKING: free on premises
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
DESCRIPTION: Located on Rollins College, the permanent collection is comprised of works of art and objects from antiquity to the twenty first century; boasting more than 6,000 works, one of the largest and most distinguished American paintings and Old Masters collections in Florida
ADMISSION: $5 Adults
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 10a-4p, Sat-Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL MAP
PARKING: on premises; parking tickets may be validated at the museum for free parking
Morse Museum of American Art
DESCRIPTION: Funded in 1942, the museum features an outstanding collection of arts and crafts. The centerpiece of its collections is the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, where fine examples in every medium that he produced in life. For the romantic in you, gaze at the jaw-dropping Tiffany chapel. Since moving to this larger location in 1995, the museum remains an outstanding value. As you might the suspect, the museum has an amply stocked gift shop.
ADMISSION: Adults $3, Students $1, Children under 12 are FREE Fridays at 4p-8p from September-May
DAYS & HOURS: Tue- Sat 9:30a-4p, Sun 1p-4p
ADDRESS: 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL MAP
PARKING: available at the rear entrance of the museum