It's one of the most quaint and intimate art museums in Orlando, and it's worth adding to the list for your next daytime date. There are plenty of art-inspired date ideas in Orlando, but locals love the unique art at Mennello Museum.

The focus is on American artists and the contributions they've made to the artistic world. It's a small museum, with just a few galleries and a beautiful sculpture garden (one of our favorite free things to do in Orlando), but the Mennello packs a big punch in terms of what you and your sweetie can see and learn together during a visit.

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By the way, this museum often hosts free admission days and special events, so you're in for a treat. And it is one of the best memberships and annual passes in Orlando. Keep reading to learn all about it.

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Things to See at Mennello Museum

The Mennello Museum of American Art preserves a permanent collection of paintings created by twentieth-century American folk artist Earl Cunningham, who was known for using bright colors and a flat perspective to paint mostly landscapes.

There's an entire gallery at the museum dedicated to Cunningham's art, and it's both beautiful and interesting to take in.

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Throughout the museum, there are tributes to Marilyn and Michael Mennello, who founded the museum after Marilyn Mennello discovered the work of Cunningham and began displaying his paintings inside her home.

Today, in addition to the work of Cunningham, the museum showcases artists through limited-time exhibits that are always changing, so be sure to explore Mennello's website before your visit to gain an understanding of what you'll see during your time there.

Picnic in the Sculpture Garden

The Mennello also has a stunning sculpture garden along the waters of Lake Formosa, making it an incredible spot for a picnic date.

After you peruse the exhibits held inside the museum, venture outside into the garden for a walk and a picnic lunch. While some benches are scattered throughout the garden's walking trails, pack a blanket along with your picnic to ensure you've got prime seating along the beautiful waters of the lake.

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Special Events

The Mennello also holds special events like free admission on the second Sunday of each month and docent-guided tours, which cost a nominal fee. The website is also kept up-to-date with details on events like fundraiser dinners and festivals.

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Plan Your Visit

Mennello Museum of American Art
900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803 | (407)246-4278

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. (The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.)

Admission: Adult admission to the Mennello is just $5, with discounted admission available for seniors, students, and kids ages 6 and older.

Kids under 6 and members of the military are admitted for free.

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In summary, Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando is an inspiring venue that offers a diverse collection of art. Connect with the world of art during a relaxing date together.