The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
This brand new state of the art performing arts center presents big names and local artists in venues that will dazzle you. The main feature of the Dr. Phillips Center is the 2700 seat Walt Disney Theater. This theater features an experience that maximizes the intimacy between the performance and the audience. The theater itself features a modern style that is changing the way theater design is thought of. The Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater is another spectacular venue incorporated in the Dr. Phillips Center.
This intimate 300-seat theater is one of the most unique in the country, providing multi-level stage and setup options in a theater with incredible acoustics. The building maximizes the natural light, with plenty of glass and open-air walls. Additionally, the ceiling itself is a work of art to behold. With plenty of bars and venues, the Dr. Phillips Center is the hub for performance art in Central Florida.
Snap! is one of Orlando’s most exciting new additions to the local arts scene. Initially a roaming photography festival held just once a year, the movement gained traction, drawing distinguished photographers from around the world.
Today they have solidified their movement in a 5000 square foot indoor-outdoor gallery where they pursue their mission: “To boldly increase the visibility and appreciation of the photographic medium as a significant cultural art form. Photography plays a critical role in society as a vehicle for cultural documentation and reflection. Snap! seeks to increase exposure to this highly accessible art form and to broaden the demographic of engaged art enthusiasts within our community.” Community driven yet widely appreciated by the international art scene, we can’t recommend a better place for photography lovers in Central Florida.
Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 am – 4pm, and by appointment.
Mad Cow Theatre
If small local theater is what you’re after, look no further than Mad Cow Theatre. With excellent acting, tasteful staging, and an accommodating staff, the Mad Cow Theatre has established itself as “one of Orlando’s most respected theatre companies presenting compelling works of theatre for a wide-range of audiences, with a passion for both classic and contemporary plays and musicals representing the best of American and World literature.”
Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants and bars to enjoy before or after the show. Also, guests can enjoy mingling around the Mad Cow Theatre’s bar at intermission. With great performances, a fun atmosphere, and comfortable seating, all at reasonable prices, it’s hard to beat this venue!
Admission: Around $35 Location: 54 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801
The Orlando Ballet has been enchanting audiences for decades. Now performing in the brand new, $500 million, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando, theatre-goers are treated to world class Main Stage productions in a state-of-the-art facility. With 25 full time professional dancers from around the world, the company performs classics like Swan Lake and the Nutcracker, as well as contemporary works.
Admission varies depending on the show and the seats, ranging from $16 to $200. If you’re a fan of ballet, see what it’s like to be “spellbound by the originality, vitality and spirit that have earned the organization its critically acclaimed reputation.” The ballet season runs from October to May each year.
Location: 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
The Morse Museum
Located in the romantic city of Winter Park, just minutes from downtown Orlando, the Morse Museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, focusing primarily on the artist’s stained glass. The exhibits include exquisite Tiffany jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass lamps and windows. Furthermore, the museum displays Tiffany’s chapel interior from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and art and architectural objects from his Long Island country estate, Laurelton Hall.
You should be aware that the staff are going to be at every turn, and may even follow you. While this can be annoying, it is standard protocol in this museum and is merely a precautionary measure taken to preserve the art. Also, this is a very conservative museum and can be difficult for children unless they are exceptionally well behaved. We recommend bringing a sweater if you are easily chilled; the museum is kept at a brisk 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Admission: $5 Adults/$4 Seniors age 60 and older/$1 Students/Free for children under 12. All visitors free 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Fridays (November through April)
Hours: 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (Open until 8:00 p.m. Friday, November through April)
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday and most major holidays
Orlando Repertory Theatre
With talented actors and well-crafted sets, the Orlando Rep is a terrific way to introduce your kids to the arts. Guided by their mission statement, “to create experiences that enlighten, entertain and enrich the lives of children and adults,” the Orlando Rep has been putting on top-notch performances to popular children’s stories since their debut in 2003.
In addition to the enthusiastic performances, the grounds around the theater are beautiful. To take full advantage of these grounds, we recommend packing a picnic lunch to enjoy under the towering oak trees before the show.
Admission: Tickets are $18 for Adults, $12 for Youth (ages 3-17), and $16 for Seniors (ages 55 and up), College Students (valid ID required), and members of the military (valid ID required).
Show Times: Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Fans of sculpture and Roman Catholic art will find peace and tranquility at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. Polasek, a gifted Czech-born sculptor and artist, sought to show the beauty of movement through his figurative works. His ability to capture the spirit of his subjects gained him international renown both during his life and after.
At the age of 70, Polasek moved to Winter Park, Florida, where he designed and built his home and gardens on Lake Osceola. This home is now the museum that visitors frequent to marvel at his works. In addition to the wonderful works on display, the carefully arranged gardens around the home are yet another stunning draw to this unique museum.
Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Students $3
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Gallery on the Edge
Interested in picking up some creative local art? Gallery on the Edge is Get Local’s favorite local shop. Inside you will find a broad collection of hand-crafted art, jewelry and paintings from artists around Orlando. This quaint, locally-owned shop rests in the heart of College Park, just outside downtown Orlando. Stop by to grab a unique gift, an impressive conversation piece for your home, or simply to see what Orlando’s artists have to offer.
Address: 2300 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 615-4683
Hours: Tue - Fri: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm, Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm