The Best Museums in Orlando: A Must-See List for Art, Science, and History Lovers

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Orlando, Florida is known for its theme parks, but it also has a rich cultural scene that includes many world-class museums. From art to history to science, there are museums in Orlando that cater to every interest. Here are some of the top museums in the city.

Orlando Museum of Art

2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Located in Loch Haven Park, the Orlando Museum of Art is home to a diverse collection of art from around the world. The museum features rotating exhibits as well as a permanent collection of American art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art:

445 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Located in Winter Park, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is home to the world’s largest collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The museum also features American art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Orlando Science Center

777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

Located in Loch Haven Park, the Orlando Science Center features interactive exhibits that allow visitors to explore the wonders of science. The museum also features a planetarium and an observatory where visitors can view the night sky.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

8201 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! features oddities and curiosities from around the world. Visitors can see shrunken heads, two-headed animals, and other strange artifacts.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

7324 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

Located on International Drive, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition features artifacts recovered from the wreckage of the Titanic. Visitors can see personal belongings of passengers and crew members and learn about the history of the ill-fated ship.

The Holy Land Experience

4655 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32811

Located in the Vineland area, The Holy Land Experience is a Christian-themed attraction that features recreations of Biblical sites and exhibits that tell the story of the life of Jesus. While this might not be the first place that LGBTQ travelers would seek out, we thought it was too fun and interesting not to include on our list.

The Orlando Fire Museum

814 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803

Located in downtown Orlando, The Orlando Fire Museum features antique fire equipment and exhibits that tell the story of the history of firefighting in the city.

The Orange County Regional History Center

65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801

Also located in downtown Orlando, The Orange County Regional History Center features exhibits that tell the story of the history of Orange County and the city of Orlando.

OnePulse Memorial

1912 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

The OnePulse Memorial is a new addition to Orlando’s cultural scene, dedicated to the memory of the 49 people who lost their lives in the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in 2016. Located at the site of the former nightclub, the memorial features a reflecting pool, 49 trees, and a wall with the names of the victims. The memorial serves as a place of remembrance and reflection, and is a powerful testament to the resilience and unity of the Orlando community in the face of tragedy. Visitors can pay their respects at the site, which is open to the public free of charge.

To support the building of the new memorial, please consider supporting the OnePulse Foundation.

Orlando Museums: Final Thoughts

Orlando is home to a diverse array of museums that cater to a wide range of interests. Whether you’re interested in art, science, history, or the unusual, there is a museum in Orlando that is sure to captivate you. So the next time you’re in Orlando, take some time to explore the city’s cultural offerings and discover something new.

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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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