809 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 877-2755
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Arts & Museums
Tallahassee, Florida is endowed with a significant historic house in the form of John Gilmore Riley Historic House. It represents the house of John Gilmore Riley who was a prominent member of the African-American community in the city. In present times, the house is referred to as the John Gilmore Riley Center/Museum of African American History and Culture. It provides engaging and knowledge-enhancing programs for kids, such as Riley's Kids Afterschool Program, Riley Inschool Heritage Lessons, Power-up Summer Camp, to name a few. It can be visited from Monday to Thursday, between 10:00a and 4:00p while the timings for Friday and Saturday are from 10:00a to 2:00p. The charges are a mere USD2 for adults and USD1 for children.
Nestled in the heart of Tallahassee, the beautiful building that once served as the Union Bank, has been functioning as a satellite of the Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum since 1996. Also known as The Capitol Complex Extension Branch, this educative facility is managed by Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. The Black Archives at the Union Bank takes visitors on a journey into Tallahassee's past, giving them a glimpse into the African-American history and culture.
Located in a building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this art center features changing exhibits in a wide range of media by outstanding local, regional, and national artists. They also feature a beautiful sculpture garden and offer an extensive art education program.
The Meginnis-Monroe House is the roof over the LeMoyne Art Gallery. The house was built in 1852, and is now restored to host the gallery. It is named after Jacques LeMoyne, one in a group of French travelers who arrived in Florida in 1564. The gallery exhibits the works of local artists. On display are the most beautiful sculptures, photography, pottery and paintings. Most renowned of all exhibits held here is then Art & Soul. The house also runs an art school, so for enrollment details and other information, do call ahead.
The Knott House Museum at the city center was built in the year 1843 and served as a residence for prominent people as well as a headquarters for Union Army during the Civil War. The house is believed to be built by free black builder George Proctor and it is on the footsteps of the house where the proclamation for freedom of slaves from Florida Panhandle was announced in 1865. Today, the house is under the administration of Museum of Florida History and houses collection of poems and belongings of the houses most beloved resident Luella Knott. Most of the poems were based on the furnishings of the house and thus, giving it the house the name 'The House That Rhymes'. Call or visit their website for information about guided tours.
The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science is a fascinating museum where art and science meet. Opened in 1998, the museum has a good blend of science activities and visual arts exhibitions. The museum aims to inspire, educate and create interest for its visitors by displaying works of great minds. There are exhibits in paintings, photography, anatomical and geological displays and so on. The place is buzzing with various events like conventions, lectures, seminars and so on.
The Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee is a 32,000 square-foot facility located on beautiful Kleman Plaza in downtown Tallahassee. The Center is the K-12 outreach facility of the Florida A&M University - Florida State University College of Engineering and uses aerospace as a theme to foster long-term interest in math, science, engineering and technology; create positive learning experiences; and motivate students to pursue higher education and careers in these fields. To accomplish this mission, the Challenger Learning Center features a state-of-the-art Space Mission Simulator and utilizes the immersiveness of an IMAX
The history of Florida is well displayed at this landmark museum in Tallahassee. Museum of Florida History has a large number of interesting artifacts on display. Admission is free but guided tour is chargeable and donations are suggested.
The Black Archives Research Center and Museum archives the history and culture of Africans and African Americans. Located in the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, the museum was established in 1976 and has a collection of photographs, artifacts, maps, history tapes and more that cater to the community. The museum aims to preserve, promote and disseminate the native culture and strives to chronicle its features for its posterity. You can find here information about their organizations, institutions and entities through books, documents and so on. Call ahead or visit the website to know more.
Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery is a haven for all fine art lovers though they also deal with visual arts and more.
Museum of Fine Arts of the Florida State University aims to disseminate arts in the varsity and conducts various exhibitions, art displays and works of students and budding artists. Several lectures, workshops and seminars are also conducted here.
The Goodwood Plantation is a historic house located in Tallahassee, Florida. Previously a cotton plantation, the estate includes the two story Georgian style mansion, now used as a museum housing family artifacts of the former owners and the adjoining gardens and grounds. The museum and grounds are open for tours for the general public and can also be rented for weddings and other private events.