MUSEUMS: Take in some history


Anna Maria Island Historical Complex: 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria

The Anna Maria Historical Museum, built in 1920 as an icehouse, features displays of life on a barrier island from 1890 to 1950. Visit the famous old island jail, “no doors, no windows, no roof, no bars” and tour Belle Haven Cottage, a beautifully restored 1920 cracker house filled with period antiques and furnishings. Outside the cottage, stroll along the “mangrove walk,” a natural Florida garden landscaped with tropical plants and trees. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 778-0492 or www.amihs.org.

Family Heritage House: 60th Avenue and 26th Street West, Bradenton

The Family Heritage House Museum at MCC is a gallery and resource center for the study of African-American achievements and celebrates the cultural diversity of our communities. The permanent collection includes an exhibition called “Timeline: A Walk Through History,” a diorama of old Central Avenue that is now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue; antiques; photographs; literature; and a research center on the Underground Railroad. A video collection that includes art, dance, music, history and other topics of interest also is available for viewing. Other exhibits feature sports, African masks, dolls, community builders, schools and educators, historic tools and more. The Family Heritage House has received national recognition for its Underground Railroad research center through its inclusion in the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom. Hours: 11 a.m.-6p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Information: 752-5319 or www.familyheritagehouse.com.

South Florida Museum: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton

The museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s west coast and is one of the oldest operating museums in the state. It includes the Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Admission: $15.95 adults, $13.95 seniors and $11.95 children ages 4-12. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5p.m. Sunday. Information: 746-4131 or www.southfloridamuseum.org.


John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art: 5401 Bay Shore Road

“Language of the Nude,” on view through July 26, is a look at nudity in the art process and how it was expressed in the European world. “Picturing Eden,” a traveling exhibition by New York’s George Eastman House, is on exhibit through Aug. 2. Apple iPod audio tours are available. The Howard Bros. Circus, the largest miniature circus in the world, is on permanent display in the Tibbals Learning Center. General admission includes the Ringling Museum of Art, Ca d’Zan Mansion, the Circus Museum, the Rose Garden and grounds: $20 adults, $17 seniors 65 and older and U.S. military with ID, $7 children 6-17, students with ID, and Florida teachers. Free for children 5 and younger and museum members. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Advance tickets: 358-3180. Information: 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.


Florida Holocaust Museum: 55 Fifth St. S.

The Florida Holocaust Museum houses the premier permanent exhibit, History, Heritage and Hope, a compelling history of individuals of strength, courage and spirit, who confronted the extremes of hatred and persecution in their homes and communities. Experience a collection of works of art, photographs and historical artifacts, in exhibits from all over the world, an extraordinary traveling collection, which changes on a regular basis. Hours: 10a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Admission: $14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students, $8 for people younger than 18; and free for museum members. Information: (727) 820-0100 and www.flhm2.org.

Museum of Fine Arts: 255 Beach Drive N.E.

“Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life and Legends” on exhibit through Aug. 16, showing 72 famous screen prints. “New Additions: Recent Acquisitions of Modern and Contemporary Prints” is on exhibition through Sept. 20. “More Than Words: Illustrated Letters from the Archives of American Art,” is through July 19. Because of the popularity of its summer jazz series, the museum will present a night of music from 6-9p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Admission is $15, and a beer and wine cash bar will be available. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5p.m. Sunday. Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors age 65 and older, $4 students age 6 and older, free to museum members and children younger than age 6. Information: (727) 896-2667 or visit www.fine-arts.org.

Salvador Dalí Museum: 1000 Third St. S.

On exhibit is “Dali, Freud and Surrealism” through Nov. 8: 70 works are presented centering on two influences in Dali’s life — Sigmund Freud and the 20th century Avant-garde movement. Upcoming: “Dali: Seen through Glass” on display June 24-Nov. 6. This exhibit features 20 pate de verre glass sculptures Dali produced. Family-friendly tours are offered at the museum, including Dalí Family Fun Saturday, which is 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each Saturday. Permanent art collections on display year round. Admission: $17 for adults, $14.50 for seniors and U.S. military, $12 students, teachers, military, police, EMS, $4 students and free for children 4-under. Thursdays after 5 p.m. are $5. Group and child rates are available. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, and noon-5:30p.m. Sunday. Information: (727) 823-3767.


Gulf Coast Museum of Art: 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo

There are more than 30 outdoor sculptures permanently installed on the museum complex grounds. The museum has resumed its schedule of regular, weekly docent-led highlight tours of the museum’s galleries for walk-in visitors. Tours are at 11 a.m. Saturdays and free to the public. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission prices: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 students, free for children younger than 10. Admission is free to the public 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Information: (727) 512-6833.

Tampa Museum of Art: Interim Location 2306 N. Howard Ave., Tampa

“Bit, Byte, Dot, Spot: Post-digital Art” is on view through July 11. Tampa Museum of Art keeps a full schedule of educational programs at its interim facility while construction of a new museum takes place downtown. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 8-11 p.m. the third Friday of each month. The museum is closed Sunday and Monday and offers free admission while in the interim location. Certain programs and events will have associated fees. Parking is free. Information: (813) 274-8130 (813) 274-8130 or www.tampamuseum.com.