351 Nassau Street South, Venice, FL 34285
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1st and 3rd Saturday, October-April 11am-3pm
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The Venice Museum & Archives houses four permanent exhibits and two changing exhibits. Here is a list and a short summary of what is on display at the museum for the 2017/2018 Season.


Venice’s Inhabitants: The Unique Cultural Heritage of the Land on the Gulf

As the title suggests, Venice’s Inhabitants: The Unique Cultural Heritage of the Land on the Gulf, focuses on the diverse and rich historic heritage of the Venice region. The exhibit will go from prehistoric Venice when woolly mammoths roamed the area, to its descendant, the elephant, being spotted crossing a local Venice bridge in the latter half of the 20th century. The displays put special focus on the human inhabitants including early Native American tribes, early settlers of the area, the first land developers, investors, planners, and the military men who occupied the town. Come see the development of Venice throughout the decades and learn of the men and women who had a significant impact on its unique cultural heritage.
The exhibit is the featured permanent display in the VMA’s Main Gallery focusing on the development of Venice, Florida. The exhibit answers the questions: What gives Venice its unique character? How was the Venice area developed? What were the challenges and triumphs that gives Venice its unique historical character visible here now in the present day? Come discover these answers for yourself!


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The Story of the Historic Triangle Inn

Explore the story of the historic structure that houses the Venice Museum & Archives, the Triangle Inn. Here, enjoy information and archival photos while you listen to former VMA Director, Dorothy Korwek point out interesting facts about the historic building’s design.


Fossils: Venice’s Land Before Time

Over 365 fossils collected from Sarasota and Charlotte counties are on display. They include specimens of creatures from land and sea such as mammoths, mastodons, giant sloths, camels, horses, rhinoceros, bison, turtles, alligators, and sharks. This is a great exhibit for kids of all ages.

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Dr. Fred H. Albee: A New Beginning for Nokomis and Venice 

The life and contributions of world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Fred Albee (1876-1945) and his wife Louella Albee are highlighted in this interactive exhibit, which includes a short video, oral history stories, and hands-on displays. Unique objects on exhibit include a model skeleton used by Albee for teaching and a special orthopedic table he invented in the early 1900s. (Closed for Refurbishment in Early 2018)


Opening Monday, March 12 is the museum’s new temporary exhibit
“Venice-Nokomis Woman’s Club: Over 90 Years Serving the Community.”

The club is one of Venice’s oldest social clubs. The exhibit travels through the club’s history from its first meeting in 1926 to its continued community fundraising and impact today. Come see for yourself and learn what famous Venice resident started the club and how the club’s foresight was used to start one of Venice’s most celebrated resources: its library!
The exhibit will run through July 31. Hours are MTW from 10am-4pm and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays through April from 11am-3pm


Venice’s Historic Waterways  (Dec.ember ’17 – July ‘18)

This exhibit located in the central hallway of the Triangle Inn features a photographic tour of Venice’s ever changing waterfront including areas such as the pier, beachfront, and jetties. You may even find remnants of one of Venice’s oldest water resident, a prehistoric shark!

Design for Living: John Nolen and the Renaissance of New Urbanism  (August ’17 – January ‘18)

Come see the planning, development, and impact of the John Nolen Plan within the City of Venice. Study the motivation behind Nolen’s city planning and how that inspired the New Urbanism movement of the late 20th century. Discover how the some of Nolen’s key elements are still present within today’s current city limits.

Venice-Nokomis Women’s Club: Over 90 Years of Community Contribution   (March ’18 – July ‘18)

The Venice-Nokomis Women’s Club is one of the oldest clubs in the area and was started by one of Venice’s most famous residents, Mrs. Louella Albee. Explore the club’s contribution to the area through their longtime community service and support.