Exhibits

The Venice Museum & Archives houses both permanent exhibits and changing exhibits. Here is a list and a short summary of what is on display at the museum for the 2018/2019 Season.


FEATURED EXHIBIT

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!



TEMPORARY EXHIBIT

Snook Haven: The History of
Movies, Mischief, and Music on the Myakka
October 8th, 2018 – July 31, 2019

The Venice Museum & Archives is pleased to present a new exhibit for the 2018-19 season. This exhibit will focus on the largely undocumented and truly unique history of the area today known as the Snook Haven Restaurant and Waterfront Park. Discover stories of movie stars, gangsters, “killer turtles,” and a 30 year old music society all in Venice’s backyard, on the banks of the majestic Myakka River.



PERMANENT EXHIBITS

Triangle Inn Exhibit-960

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.

Fossil Exhibit

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. Albee Exhibit

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.