Arts & Culture
Granted, Orlando is the Theme Park Capital of the World, but we’re also an emerging leader when it comes to cultivating and promoting the arts. Live performances, musical concerts, engaging museums and fantastic street festivals await adult visitors, including these highlights.
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens: Once the home to its famed namesake sculptor, this museum and its lush grounds keep Polasek’s work alive for new generations to discover. Additionally, limited-edition reproductions of the artist’s creations are available for purchase.
Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts): Throughout the year, CFCArts’ Choir, Orchestra and Children & Youth Arts programs produce seasonal productions. Additionally, lessons, workshops and classes are available from their School of Performing Arts.
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art: This museum has the world’s largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s famous art glass, leaded-glass lamps and windows, jewelry, pottery and even paintings. It also houses Tiffany’s chapel interior from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, as well as works by other late 19th- and early 20th-century American artists. It’s in Winter Park, 20 minutes from downtown Orlando.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum: Located at Rollins College in Winter Park, about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, this free-admission museum boasts more than 5,500 works of art ranging from the ancient to modern periods. It also has the Orlando area’s only sizable collection of European Old Masters.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts: This state-of-the-art center in the heart of downtown Orlando houses the intimate, 300-seat Pugh Theater; the acoustic, 1,700-seat Steinmetz Hall; and the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater. It’s hosted symphonies, stage shows, pop concerts and even comedians since its opening, with new performances coming throughout the year.
IMMERSE: Held each fall in downtown Orlando, this massive event features more than 1,000 artists and performers from Orlando, the United States and around the world. Featured collaborators include Cirque du Soleil, The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Ballet and the Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra.
The Mennello Museum of American Art: Located on the banks of Lake Formosa, just a short distance from downtown Orlando, this museum primarily focuses on exhibiting the work of acclaimed, self-taught American artist Earl Cunningham. It also presents temporary exhibits, programs, educational initiatives and publications celebrating the work of other traditional and contemporary American artists.
Orlando Ballet: Part of Orlando’s artistic landscape for more than four decades, this company performs exclusively at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Past performances include Fast Forward, A Cinderella Story, The Nutcracker and others.
Orlando Museum of Art: Since 1924, this museum in Loch Haven Park, not far from downtown Orlando, has curated compelling collections and exhibits. Each year, it presents 10 to 12 onsite and 13 off-site exhibitions, in addition to enrichment programs, lectures, classes and outreach services.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater: This theater doesn’t limit itself to productions of its namesake’s work, but it certainly excels at bringing the Bard to life too. It’s in Loch Haven Park, just 15 minutes from downtown Orlando.