Street Address
351 Nassau St. S
Venice, FL 34285
Mailing Address
351 Nassau St. S
Venice, FL 34285
phone: 941-486-2487
e-mail: vmuseum@venicegov.com
web: www.venicemuseum.org
Hours
Monday - Wednesday10 AM - 4 PM
Please call 941-486-2487 to organize a large tour group or to arrange for a Thursday or Friday visit. Also open the first and third Saturdays of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from October through April.
Admissions
Free
Free. Donations Accepted.
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Jon Watson, Curator & Collections Manager
phone: 941-486-2487
Rhonda Rogers, Administrative Coordinator
phone: 941-486-2487
Nicholas Ciavolella, Intern

Description

The Venice Museum & Archives is housed in the historical 1927 Triangle Inn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Venice Museum & Archives (VMA) is housed in the charming and historical 1927 Triangle Inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is located near Venice Beach and within walking distance of downtown Venice. The VMA has temporary and permanent exhibits on display year round, such as "Dr. Fred H. Albee: A New Beginning for Nokomis and Venice" and "Venice Area Fossils from the Burgess Collection." It is located at the west entrance of the Venice Cultural Campus that includes the Venice Public Library, Venice Art Center, and Venice Community Center. The VMA is also across the street from West Blalock Park. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm, Thursdays and Fridays by appointment. Also open the first and third Saturdays of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from October through April.

Mission

The mission of Venice Museum & Archives is to collect and preserve historical and archeological materials relating to Venice and the communities of Laurel, Nokomis, and Osprey whose histories have been interwoven from 1867 to the present.

History

The Triangle Inn, home to the museum, is owned by the City of Venice. Built in 1927 as a rooming house or bed and breakfast, the building was threatened with demolition to make room for a parking lot. The building was saved and moved to its current location across from West Blalock Park in 1991. Restoration and renovation were completed in 1996. The museum is planning for an expansion and has launched expanded education and outreach programs for the area.

Permanent Exhibitions

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

Venice Area Fossils from the Burgess Collection

Artifacts Collections

The artifact collection includes a public art collection; paleontological specimens; clothing, uniforms and textiles; furniture; ephemera; and assorted items relating to the history and culture of Venice, Laurel, Nokomis, and Osprey. Subjects include the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Kentucky Military Institute, Venice High School, Hotel Venice, City of Venice, among many other local organizations, businesses, people, places, and events.

Research Collections

There are several large photographic collections with images dating from the 1860s to the present; bound volumes of the Venice Gondolier newspaper from 1946 to 1986; reference books pertaining to area history; telephone and city directories; genealogical information; manuscript collections on 200+ local organizations and individuals; maps, plats and aerial photos; tax digests; Venice High School and junior high yearbooks; architectural blueprints; and an assortment of archived materials and information on people, places and events.

Educational Programs

The museum's educational programs include workshops, tours, and presentations onsite at the museum and offsite in the community.

    Facilities

    The museum is located in the historic 1927 Triangle Inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Governance

    The Venice Museum & Archives is owned by the City of Venice and operated by the Department of Historical Resources.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: No

    Publications

    Publications relating to the history of the Venice area are available in the Venice Museum & Archives gift shop.

      ADA

      Is Wheelchair Accessible

      Many areas of the museum are wheelchair accessible; however, some areas are not, due to the limitations of its 1927 architectural layout.

      Wheelchair Accessible

      Parking

      Restrooms

      Services

      Answering research requests

      You will find a Research Request Form to download on our museum website at http://www.venicemuseum.org/collections/archives/

      Photo reproductions from the collection

      Many images from the VMA’s collections are available for reproduction. Use the download form for Image Reproduction on our museum website for instructions and to view the price list, available sizes, formats, and the user agreement.

      Group Tours

      Please call 941-486-2487 to organize a large tour group or to arrange for a Thursday or Friday visit.

      Gift Shop

      Group Tours