Orlando Arts, Culture & History

  • Orlando is at the center of an arts and cultural explosion happening across Florida. With a thriving arts community, Orlando’s cultural attractions are becoming as recognizable as its world-famous theme parks. Home to the third largest employer of artists in the United States, Orlando boasts more than 20 museums and 45 stages, and is host many festivals, concerts, and events, with local flavor as well as internationally-renown entertainers and performers.

    Orlando’s most well-known arts district is Loch Haven Park, home to the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orlando Science Center, and the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. The Orlando Museum of Art collects and exhibits local, regional, national and internationally significant works of visual art, presenting annually 10-12 exhibitions on-site and 13 exhibitions off-site, making this museum one of the most relevant and enriching organizations in Central Florida. The Orlando Science Center, located across the park, offers engaging hands-on fun for all ages through exciting interactive exhibits, live programming, and giant-screen films in the Cinedome. The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre is celebrated for its bold productions of Shakespeare’s classic works, as well as for developing new plays with impressive casts and presentation. This vibrant community of Loch Haven Park also stages numerous festivals throughout the year, including the Orlando Fringe Festival

    Orlando also fosters a rich theater community, offering several stages throughout the city that entertain the dynamic and powerful world of thespian art. Mad Cow Theater and Theater Downtown are two theaters that produce and spotlight unique plays and artists featuring local skillful talent and well-known directors and craftsmen. The Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, located in downtown Orlando, features a fully functional theater and concert hall, presenting Broadway presentations, ballet, opera, and symphony performances.

    The Orange County Regional History Center, a restored 1927 Orange County Courthouse in downtown Orlando, houses the Historical Society of Central Florida’s collections, with traveling exhibitions and permanent collections that preserve and highlight the personalities and establishments that have shaped Orlando and its communities.

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