Orlando has a ton of things to do! Theme parks, attractions, restaurants, special events, music, shopping and more! Orlando also has a huge list of museums, and on one day these museums will be completely free! On September 27th, Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live is coming to Orlando and the surrounding areas!
The Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is delighted to take part in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! on Sept. 27. In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission every day, five museums in Historic Seminole will offer free admission and/or special activities to anyone presenting an event ticket. Museum Day Live! is an annual event in which thousands of museums across the country open their doors free of admission. Each ticket provides free admission for two people.
“Museums are vital to the cultural education of younger generations,” said Danny Trosset, Executive Director of the Seminole County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Through our participation in this event, we are helping to grow and encourage the appreciation of our local community and its diversity.”
The Museum Day Live! gives individuals a chance to learn about their local museums and to step into their local history. For a state like Florida, where many residents are transplants, this is essential.
“A family makes a house a home. That’s what history does for those who seek it out. It adds depth and context,” said Mary Rowell, Historic Seminole Consortium Organizer. “History makes a place home.”
To take part in celebrating Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! gather your friends and family and visit the following participating Historic Seminole museums:
Public History Center
301 W. 7th St., Sanford
Museum Day Hours of Operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Special Free Activity: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Bring the whole family and view “Courage, Confidence, and Character!” our featured Girl Scout exhibit highlighting uniforms, service and historical points of interest. Girl Scout Troop 248 from the Hanging Moss Service Unit will be on-hand to help visitors with an engaging craft activity..
Exhibits: Pioneer, Native American, Turn of the Century Classroom, Talk of the Town and the Geography Lab
Goldenrod Historical Museum
4755 Palmetto Avenue, Goldenrod
Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Special Free Activity: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Local Girl Scout Troop 1670 from the Shooting Stars Service Unit will help kids make a handkerchief doll.
11am-2pm – Members of the Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Department will be conducting safety classes and helping families make Child Identity Kits. Goldenrod Fire Station 63 will let visitors get a close look at a working fire truck.
Exhibits: Along with our regular exhibits, we will be paying tribute to the Girl Scouts with a display of vintage books historic uniforms.
Bradlee-McIntyre House Museum
130 W. Warren Ave., Longwood
Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Special Free Activity: 2-4 p.m. – Local Girl Scout Troop 683 from Star Angels Service Unit will help kids make a Victorian fan.
Exhibits: The Bradlee-McIntyre house is fully restored and furnished in the late Victorian period. Docent guided 20-minute tours begin on the hour and half hour.
Museum of Seminole County History
300 Bush Blvd., Sanford
Museum Day Hours of Operation: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Exhibits: Items in permanent collection include pioneer families, documents, maps, furnishings, agricultural implements, Native American artifacts, family histories and a research library.
Museum of Geneva History
165 First St., Geneva 407-349-5697
Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Exhibits: Aside from the ongoing displays there is a special exhibit running through Sept. 28, “Furs, Feathers, and Frocks,” as part of the Decades of Fashion Design exhibition. Fashions of the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s are now displayed on manikins and in family photos, along with period music/shows on a phonograph and cathedral style radio. Also, toys of the era are there for the youngsters to see and oldsters to reminisce upon.
The Oviedo Preservation Project
Downtown Oviedo, Oviedo
Museum Day Hours of Operation: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Parts of the museum are open 24-hours.
Exhibits: Downtown Oviedo’s collection of buildings, sidewalks and people are a living museum.
For more information on Museum Day Live! and to get tickets, please visit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/