An Art Museum with a Bit of Whimsy

For those seeking culture, Sarasota is the capital of culture in Florida. This city is full of great museums, art galleries, theaters and so much more. Many seem to feel a bit mainstream, but the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy provides something a bit different.

The museum was founded in 2006, so it's a bit new to the Sarasota culture scene. Even though it's very new, this museum doesn't lack culture, art and fun. Marietta Lee founded the museum and the name was given to honor her Grandmother, Mother and Niece. It started as a non-profit foundation in Connecticut, but as the museum collected artwork, it needed a better location.

The current location was purchased in 2008 and opened in 2010 as the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy found in Sarasota at 2121 North Tamiami Trail.

Education Programs

Education is an si-highlight--primary part of the museum and it provides many different classes and demonstrations. Classes cover a variety of different types of art and demonstrations are often given by some of the best local artists.

The Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy also hosts a number of events throughout the year, such as Paint the Museum Plein Air Painting, Founder's Day Celebrations, Founder's Talk & Tea, Artists Receptions and many others.

Hours and Admission

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the museum is open from 1pm to 4pm from October 24th to May 31st. The museum will be closed over the summer of 2014 for construction and a planned expansion. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

If you're looking for a museum with something a little different, this may be the right one for you. It's certainly worth a look, even though the hours are limited for tours. As the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy grows, they do plan to open longer and more often.

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