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Everything You Need to Know About the Orlando Museum of Art

It’s a rainy Sunday afternoon and you’ve got art on the mind. You’re more than ready for a trip to the Orlando Museum of Art

Upon arriving, maybe you’ll choose to put on some tunes, groove out, and enjoy the beautiful paintings, sculptures, and photographs around you. 

Or instead, you might rely on your three-year-old’s artistic interpretation of the various works you visit, which fosters its own sense of enjoyment. 

Either approach is A-okay because the Orlando Museum of Art has exhibits and activities that will appeal to all ages and artistic interests.

So, ready to get your culture on? Read on to learn about the museum’s collections, tour opportunities, and special programs, as well as its location, hours, and prices. Then, grab your earphones (or stroller!) and prepare to revel in the beauty around you. 

View Permanent Collections and Rotating Exhibits

The Orlando Museum of Art has both permanent collections and rotating exhibitions. In other words, both new visitors and experienced patrons can enjoy something new every time they visit. 

Upon arriving at the museum, you might choose to visit permanent collections like the African or American art collection. The American art collection features work from the colonial era to the 1960s, while the African collection has artifacts that demonstrate the diversity of people and culture located all over the continent.

If you’re looking for something a bit more modern, you can take a visit to the Contemporary Art and Contemporary American Graphics exhibits. Check out the more than 270 prints in the American Graphics collection, from various artistic styles, including Minimalism, Conceptual Art, and Photorealism. 

Or if you’re a regular who’s already visited the permanent collections more times than you can count, head over to one of the museum’s current rotating exhibitions. In the past, the museum has cultivated exhibits such as “The American Journey,” featuring art that highlights the history of art in America, and “Our Voices,” which highlights art about identity, inclusion, and activism. 

Take a Tour 

If you’re someone who likes a bit of added structure during a trip to the art museum, you may consider signing up for a guided tour. Guided tours take place from Tuesday through Friday from 10AM to 3PM and on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 12PM to 3PM. The museum requests that individuals make a reservation at least 10 days in advance to participate in a group tour. 

And for those who are DIY-ers at heart, you can download the museum’s mobile guide to use during your visit. This app includes highlights of must-see artwork, as well as interactive scavenger hunts that the entire family can enjoy. 

Attend a Special Program or Event

The Orlando Museum of Art has a variety of family, youth, and adult programs that anyone can participate in. Prices for these programs differ depending on the specific program. 

For example, the museum offers family-friendly programs like “Art Adventures” on select days of each month. The Art Adventures program provides kids the opportunity to create art of their own in the studio, as well as take a tour of the galleries. 

Adults can also participate in adult-centric special programs, such as Art Night Out. On select Wednesdays each month, bring a date or grab a friend and create art in the museum’s studio. Or if you prefer to learn about art rather than make it, attend a speaker series during your lunch hour at an “Art Sandwiched In” program.  

And you won’t want to miss out on the museum’s special events, such as the Festival of Trees. This event takes place during the holidays and features a variety of ways to get some artful cheer on, from viewing designer-decorated Christmas trees to gingerbread creations. This event is family-friendly, offering children the opportunity to visit Santa and get their faces painted. 

Host an Event

If the idea of hosting an event surrounded by art is right up your alley, you’ve come to the right place. The Orlando Museum of Art provides rental space for a variety of events, including corporate events and even weddings (talk about some beautiful photos to remember your day by!).

And if you’re a teacher, you might consider hosting your school’s next field trip about the museum. Field trips at the Orlando Museum of Art are free. You can schedule a field trip based on a temporary exhibition or permanent collection. To do so, simply fill out the museum’s field trip form and send it to the Education Department. 

Location, Hours, and Tickets 

Ready to plan your visit? The Orlando Museum of Art is open every day of the week except for Mondays and is closed on major holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Day. Its hours are listed below.  

Day of the WeekHours
MondayClosed
Tuesday through Friday10AM to 4PM 
Saturday and Sunday12PM to 4PM 

The museum is located in northern Orlando near I-4, right by Loch Haven Park, at the following address: 

2416 N. Mills Ave

Orlando, FL 32803

Free parking is available in front of the museum; however, before arriving, be sure to double-check to see if the museum is hosting a special event. Special events, such as the Festival of Trees, require visitors to pay for parking.  

Ticket prices to visit the Orlando Museum of Art are listed below. You can purchase tickets online or at the museum. 

DemographicCost
Adults$20
Seniors (60+), Educators, and First Responders$12
College Students$10 (bring a valid ID!) 
Children (Age 6 to 17)$8
Children (Age 5 and below)Free
Activity Duty Military, Military Veterans, and Kids Aged Free with a valid ID
Family Bundle (Two adults and up to three children)$45

And if you anticipate making regular visits to the Orlando Museum of Art, you may consider purchasing an annual membership. The cost of membership is $65 for individuals and $100 for a dual/family membership, which covers two adults and children. 

Members can enter the museum for free and receive additional perks, such as 10% off at the Design Store and up to a 30% discount on the museum’s special programs. 

Wrap-Up

You’ve got all the information you need to make your visit to the Orlando Museum of Art, so what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets and prepare to immerse yourself in art. Whether that means participating in a special event, roaming the rotating exhibits, or attending one of the museum’s programs, you’re sure to scratch that artsy-itch!