Did you know that the Sarasota and Manatee area is home to some of Florida's most unique museums? Whether you're interested in art, history, culture, classic cars, or whimsy, there's a local museum waiting to be explored. In addition to being great places to visit, museums add character to neighborhoods while preserving local history. Our REALTORS® have all the details on the best museums to visit in the Sarasota and Manatee area.
- The Ringling Museum of Art – 5401 Bay Shore Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234
Located close to Sarasota homes for sale you'll find the fantastic Ringling Museum of Art, which is the State Art Museum of Florida. Once the home of circus magnate, John Ringling, The Ringling Museum features art from local and national artists, a circus museum, and the incredible Ringling Mansion – Ca' d'Zan. This family-friendly museum includes everything from vast art collections, and gorgeous gardens, to traveling exhibits that make every visit unique. The Ringling also features live performances in it the Historic Asolo Theatre, along with films on the big screen.
- Sarasota Classic Car Museum – 5500 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
Whether you love classic cars or want to experience something new, the Sarasota Classic Car Museum is a great place to spend an afternoon. The museum features a collection of more than 75 classic automobiles from around the world, including exotic, one-of-a-kind creations.
- Manatee Village Historical Park – 1404 Manatee Ave. East, Bradenton, FL 34208
Just around the corner from Bradenton homes for sale is the Manatee Village Historical Park. Take a step back in time with a visit to this historic outdoor park, complete with an 1860 Courthouse and One Room Schoolhouse, all beautifully preserved. With free admission and 14 points of interest, this is a great way to learn about the history of Manatee County and Old Florida long before paved roads and electricity.
- ArtCenter Manatee – 209 9th St. West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Just across the river from Palmetto homes for sale, you'll find ArtCenter Manatee. Looking to enjoy some beautiful art, or find a place where your kids can pursue the arts in a supportive, encouraging environment? ArtCenter Manatee has everything that you need to enjoy the arts locally. Stop by to take in a rotating collection of unique, new exhibits, from local, state, and national artists. This is also a great place to participate in art classes for all ages.
- Manatee County Agricultural Museum – 1015 6th St. West, Palmetto, FL 34221
Close to Palmetto homes for sale, the Manatee County Agricultural Museum is a fun place to learn about the local history of agriculture, and how the industry has shaped the community. Also, this museum is home to the Manatee County Agricultural Hall of Fame where you can learn more about the people who brought agriculture to the area.
- Marietta Museum of Whimsy – 2121 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
If you're searching for a museum that's a little different from the rest, then you'll certainly enjoy visiting the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy in Sarasota. This museum features a little bit of everything, from whimsical outdoor art to family heirlooms. The museum was founded by Marietta Lee, who has made it her mission to showcase the unique history of local families.
Still searching for a home close to the art, history, and fascinating museums? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties.