The Morse Museum’s biggest draw is its collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, which includes jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass windows and lamps, and the chapel interior the artist designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In fact, it’s the largest in the world, and it’s all housed in Winter Park, in several buildings on North Park Avenue that were converted from former bank and office buildings to create the simple, modified Mediterranean style complex.
In addition to the Tiffany collection for which it’s known, the museum also exhibits its other comprehensive collections of American decorative art and sculpture, American and European glass and ceramics works, and rich holdings of Arts and Crafts works, including those by William Morris, the founder of the movement.
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art – The Morse Information
- Public Transportation: Good (a 5-minute walk from Lynx buses 102 and 443 at West Morse Boulevard/South New York Avenue and from Amtrak trains at the Winter Park Station)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good. A limited number of wheelchairs are available at the Visitor Services Desk
- Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. on Fridays from November–April); Sunday 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Closed Mondays
- Admission: $5 Adults; $4 Seniors; $1 Students; Free for children (under 12) and members. All visitors free every Friday 4 p.m.–8 p.m. from November–April
- Tour: Free Docent-led tours are available during public hours. These tours provide a highlight of the Museum, which does not include the new Tiffany Wing. Free Curator-led tours, which highlight the Museum’s new Tiffany wing, are available at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. These tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance reservations are not required. Group Tours are available for groups of 10 or more, and last about 45 minutes, but can be modified to meet the time requirements of the group. A discounted rate of $4 per person is offered to tour groups. Spanish-Language tours are also available. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance for group and Spanish-language tours
- Membership: Student/Teacher ($5); Individual ($20); Family ($30); Contributing ($50); Benefactor ($100); Sustaining ($1,000). Member benefits include free admission; guest passes for friends and family members; invitations to lectures, films, concerts, art-related trips, gallery receptions for special exhibitions, and other special events; a subscription to the Museum newsletter; a 10% discount on Museum Shop items, 20% on Member Appreciation days; and volunteer opportunities.