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!
Through July 2021
Playing in Paradise:
The History of Venice Sports
Information and artifacts on various sporting activities in Venice, Florida starting with the 1927 Tarpon Tournament to the recent Venice High School State Championship Teams.
Through January 2022
Celebrating a Centennial: The Origins of Sarasota County commemorates Sarasota County turning 100 with historic photos focused on the origin, controversy, and creation of the county we call home today. Learn about the specific role Venice played in its creation and the colorful characters who made the new county a reality!
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.
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.