Top Museums in Orlando to Visit During Your Trip

Planning a vacation to Orlando? Our local experts put together a list of top Orlando museums that you should consider adding to your itinerary.

Orlando is home to a thriving museum culture that offers a variety of specialties and topics worth exploring such as art, culture, architecture, history, and wildlife.

Make the most of your time in Orlando by visiting some of its unique and inspiring museums.

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  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Kennedy Space Center

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Visit an operating NASA launch headquarters, just a short distance from Orlando, at the Kennedy Space Center.

You’ll get to go on a tour of the facilities, see the launch and landing areas, ‘train’ in interactive flight simulators, see live shows, get up-close with massive rockets and NASA astronauts, watch an IMAX film, and more.

The Space Center features an IMAX theater, the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and several engaging attractions like Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted. You’ll also find lots of space-themed on-site dining options.

Getting in: Kennedy Space Center tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

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Get a feel for what it would have been like to travel on Titanic by walking through “the greatest Titanic room re-creations in existence.”

You’ll learn all about the tragically famous shipwreck and be able to tour various rooms, suites, boilers, and decks, including the Grand Staircase, First Class Parlor Suite, Veranda, and Marconi room (the ship’s operating room).

Trained actors in period costumes will help transport guests back in time with tales of the ship and crew providing a unique, interactive experience.

This exhibition includes over 200 artifacts and historical pieces, including movie memorabilia from the James Cameron film, Titanic.

Getting in: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

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You better believe this is the most bizarre museum you’ll ever set foot in. From the minute you walk up to the Odditorium, which looks like it’s falling into a Florida sinkhole, prepare for some wacky surprises.

Explore an unbelievable variety of artifacts, exhibits, and displays in 16 unique galleries devoted to all things peculiar.

Among the tons of displays, you’ll see an actual human shrunken head, an Egyptian mummy, a two-headed calf, and a Rolls Royce made from more than one million match sticks.

Getting in: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Some of the wax figures you'll see at Madame Tussauds Orlando: Neil Patrick Harris, Dan Marino, Selena Gomez, Jimmy Fallon, Shrek, Neil Armstrong, and more.

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Visit Madame Tussauds, located right in the popular I-Drive 360 area, and interact with all of your favorite celebrities and historical figures.

Sing and dance on stage with Taylor Swift, take a selfie with Brad Pitt, interview Oprah, shake hands with President Trump, and more.

Getting in: Madame Tussauds Orlando tickets are included as an attraction option on the Go Orlando Card Explorer Pass.

SKELETONS: Animals Unveiled

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Head to the educational and entertaining exhibit of over 450 real skeletons of Florida wildlife, reptiles, marsupials, and more – even human at the largest skeleton museum in the US.

You’ll learn about each of the animals on display through their creative exhibits, interactive videos, and more. You can even take a look at the museum’s flesh-eating beetles.

Getting in: SKELETONS: Animals Unveiled tickets are included as an attraction option on the Go Orlando Card Explorer Pass.

Harry P. Leu Gardens & Leu House Museum

Enjoy 50 acres of an exquisite botanical oasis just outside downtown Orlando. The Harry P. Leu Gardens and Leu House Museum serves as Orlando’s only historic home open to the public.

Named after its last owner, Mr. Leu and his wife were horticulture enthusiasts who traveled extensively collecting plants and seeds for their garden creating a legacy meant to inspire the public to understand plants and be inspired by nature.

Visitors will appreciate a tour of the plantation style estate that offers insight into its 19th cotton and sugar cane farming days. Highlights include the Butterfly Garden, permanent and temporary art exhibits, The Garden House (the entrance, meeting place, and art gallery), a gift shop, and the Leu House Museum, a the meticulously restored farmhouse.

The Gardens offer guided or self-guided tours, access to the reference library, and horticulture workshops for children and adults.

Getting in: Admission is separately ticketed and not included on the Go Orlando Card.

The Mennello Museum of American Art

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Located just north of downtown Orlando on the shore of Lake Formosa is The Mennello Museum of American Art.

The Mennello Museum of American Art showcases changing exhibitions featuring American art of all styles and periods, including travelling shows. Housed in a building that was once the private home of Howard Phillips, this intimate museum is home to the largest collection of paintings by self-taught artist Earl Cunningham.

Visitors will also enjoy the lakeside sculpture garden which plays host to the annual Orlando Folk Festival.

Getting in: Admission is separately ticketed and not included on the Go Orlando Card.

Orange County Regional History Center

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Situated in the masterfully restored 1927 Orange County Courthouse, the History Center is consistently ranked the top museum in Orlando.

The 5-floor attraction tells the story of 12,000 years of central Florida history and how this region made the transition from a small town of citrus groves and cattle ranches to the thriving metropolis it is today.

The museum is home to extensive collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. and features fascinating permanent exhibits that explore the region’s natural environment, first people, aviation, and more.

Visitors will enjoy testing out household items such as a butter churn at the Pioneer Cracker Home exhibit and learning about the role Walt Disney World played in making Orlando a tourist-centric community.

This vibrant Center is full of hands-on history for all ages to enjoy.

Getting in: Admission is separately ticketed and not included on the Go Orlando Card.

Orlando Museum of Art

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This top quality art museum is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. It features treasures in art and architecture spanning the globe from the 19th century to the present.

Upon entry, you’ll be fascinated by Dale Chihuly’s glass Cobalt & Citron Tower standing 20-feet high, drawing your eye toward the glass skylight above… and that’s just the beginning.

The Orlando Museum of Art has the most comprehensive collection of African art and art of the ancient Americas in the entire Southeast.

Visitors will enjoy the museum’s display of 20th century contemporary print collections with works from iconic artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Bryan Hunt, Lesley Dill, Katherine Bowling, Jane Frielicher and more.

Getting in: Admission is separately ticketed and not included on the Go Orlando Card.

Orlando Science Center

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One of America’s top hands-on science centers, the Orlando Science Center inspires curiosity and exploration with fun, engaging exhibits for visitors of all ages. Become a meteorologist for the day at the Severe Weather Center or take to the air in the F1-11 and F-16 flight simulators.

This innovative museum features a giant screen domed theater for films and planetarium shows, 4 floors of exhibits, an observatory, and much more.

Insider tip: Visit the museum on a weekend to check out cool events, like Laser Light shows and The Science of Wine.

Getting in: Admission is separately ticketed and not included on the Go Orlando Card.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

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This art museum is famous for housing the most comprehensive collection of work by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including Tiffany jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded glass windows, the iconic lamps, the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and art and architectural objects from his Long Island country estate, Laurelton Hall.

The museum’s galleries also hold major collections of American art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Educational and entertaining films, lectures, family programs, music performances, and temporary exhibitions are all regular features as well.

Stop by the Museum Shop to pick up exclusive merchandise inspired by the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Getting in: Admission is separately ticketed and not included on the Go Orlando Card.

Museum of Science and Industry

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The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), located in Tampa, is a non-profit educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology.

MOSI is home to more than 450 interactive S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) based, hands-on exhibits and programs that visitors of all ages will enjoy.

Take your turn pedaling a bicycle on a one-inch cable suspended 30 feet in the air, lie on a bed of nails in the Kids in Charge! exhibit, fly drones in the MOSI’s new Drone Zone, ride in a driver-less car, and more.

Getting in: Museum of Science and Industry tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card All-Inclusive Pass.

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