Orlando may be famous for it’s immense theme parks, it’s big cities and flash sports teams but there’s culture to be had too, you just have to dig a little deeper. Next time you venture to the South East make sure you pack your reading glasses and dictionary, we’re gonna at least pretend to be cultural. Check out these 5 museums on your next trip here:
1) Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium:
Before we get too deep into our intellectual tour we can break outselves in easy with a fun visit to Ripleys ‘museum’. These places are becoming world famous, dotted all over the globe, giving a new spin on the museum frequenting public. Just to catch their gist, their tag-line is “What do an 8-foot long fish, a 7-legged sheep and a mural made from 8, 500 playing cards have in common? They’re all new exhibits in a revamped Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” certainly fun, if not so educational!
2) The Orlando Science Center:
As we slowly delve into more educational venues, the Orlando science center is a great bridge, loads of fun but still with an educational spine. The Science Center encourages learning in a fun way and it’s certainly big enough to do the trick with four floors of crazy exhibits, awesome giant screen movies and engaging live programming, great for a rainy day.
3) Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art:
One for the art fans here, the Museum’s holdings include a major collection of American art pottery and representative collections of late 19th- and early 20th-century American painting, graphics, and decorative art. They also hold the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. If you don’t know who that is, it’s probably not up your street (listen to your own advice johnny!). Much too intellectual for me, but world famous none-the-less.
4) Orange County Regional History Center:
This place offers a great insight into the areas past, right up to the present. They include information on everything from the time of the native Seminole Indians to the founding of the city to the Civil Rights era to the Disney period to today. Pretty interesting stuff.
5) Cornell Fine Arts Museum:
This is actually part of Rollins college, but the museum itself features items from Cornell’s renowned permanent collection. After a session here, you’ll be the most intelligent person you know! They appeal to all art fans with original and traveling exhibitions change seasonally and feature outstanding works of art for all tastes, from the early Renaissance to cutting-edge contemporary.
So next time you think of Orlando, forget about the big mac meal and the picture with Mickey Mouse, there’s a lot more to it than that. There are so many cheap flights to Orlando right not that it’s just got a lot closer too. Happy travels!