The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), the scope of which includes Tiffany jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass windows, lamps, and the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In its galleries, the museum also features a major collection of American art pottery and representative collections of late-19th and early-20th century American painting, graphics, and decorative arts.
The Morse was founded by Jeannette Genius McKean (1909–1989) in 1942 and named for her industrialist grandfather. Its collections were built over a half-century by Mrs. McKean and her husband, Hugh F. McKean (1908–1995), who served as the museum’s director until his death.
One of the neatest things to check out is the Tiffany Glass display on Park Avenue in Winter Park. If you are in the Orlando area in March you should make it a point to come up to Winter Park during the Winter Park Art Festival and check out the display of Tiffany Glass. They have the sidewalks of the park lined with famous glass displays. These displays are loaned to the City of Winter Park by the Morse Museum.
Winter Park is a great place to visit if you are looking to take a break from your Walt Disney World vacation. The Morse Museum is only located about thirty miles north of Walt Disney World.
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 am–4:00 pm Sunday, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Closed: Mondays and on most major U.S. holidays.
Address: 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park
Directions: Take I-4 Fairbanks exit (Exit 87) east to Park Avenue, turn left. Museum is at the corner of Park & Canton. Turn left on Cole to park in museum lot. If you are coming from the attractions area you will save yourself some time if you come around mid morning as traffic won’t be nearly as bad.