Celebrate International Museum Day by visiting one of Highlands County’s many museums! Or make a day of it and visit a few!

Children’s Museum of the Highlands will celebrate IMD with two special offerings on May 18.  First, don’t miss Third Thursday from 4pm-7pm for FREE entry for open play! This event will celebrate all our differences that make each of us uniquely special! The Museum hosts families with sensory sensitivities, disabilities, and special needs along with their therapists to provide a safe play space for all. All are welcome to come and play! FREE entry from 4pm-7pm.

Also on May 18, families with toddlers are invited to our Tot Time Playtime program at 10:30 am. Mention its International Museum Day for free entry to attend our Tot Time program and open museum play for the day. Tot Time Playtime program runs for 30-45 minutes in a group setting where the toddlers and parents do a creative activity together. Families are welcomed to stay and play in the museum afterwards.

Address: 219 N. Ridgewood Drive, Sebring                          Phone: (863) 451-5385

Website: https://www.childrensmuseumhighlands.com

Admission: Free if you mention International Museum Day


Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum Curator David Schmidt Smith will present a program, ‘Florida’s Fabulous WPA Murals’ on May 20 at 6:30pm in the CCC Museum. Florida has an extensive collection of murals that were created for post offices constructed in the 1930s and early 1940s and other public buildings. Schmidt, who is a Roosevelt scholar, has conducted research on the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Project Administration (WPA), two of the most successful programs initiated by Franklin Roosevelt to counter unemployment during the Depression. Highlands Hammock is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of the many New Deal Era structures in the park.

Address: 5931 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872                 Phone: (863) 386-6094

Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Highlands-Hammock

Admission: Free for anyone attending this program on May 20; let the guard gate know.


Lake Placid Historical Society Depot Museum

The museum will celebrate IMD with a special Open House from 4-6 pm.  The museum is home to a Highwaymen Art Exhibit and local artifact.  features, Lake Placid storytelling, local authors, live entertainment and refreshments.

Address: 12 Park Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852                Phone: (863) 465-1775

Website: www.LakePlacidHistoricalSociety.org

Admission: Free


The Military Sea Services Museum will celebrate IMD with extended hours, a special exhibit and docent led tours.  The Museum will open two hours early at 10am and close at 5pm.  Docent led tours will be conducted throughout the day and will share the history of America’s Armed Forces by highlighting the contributions of individual veterans.  A special exhibit about the Korean War will be featured on Museum Day (May 18).

Address: 1402 Roseland Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870           Phone: (863) 385-0992

Website: www.milseasvcmuseum.org

Admission: Free


The Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC) will offer extended hours, a special exhibit, and a free raffle on May 18.  Stop by the Museum from 12:30-7:00 pm and enter to win a signed, limited-edition print of a painting in MOFAC’s permanent collection “On Sacred Ground,” by Christopher Still.  On exhibit will be the Annual Juried SFSC Student Art Show, a solo show of Sebring artist Jim Leary called Reflections & Transmissions, and the History of Florida exhibit which is always on view.

Address: 600 West College Drive                                                 Phone: (863) 784-7240

Website: https://mofac.org

Admission: Always free


Peter Powell Roberts Museum of Art and Cultural Center will celebrate International Museum Day on May 18 with extended hours (10am-6pm), docent-led museum tours and a special reveal of two never exhibited pieces of art from the Peter Powell Roberts Collection.  There will be an education program at 4PM to coincide with special exhibits and refreshments will be served.

Address: 310 W. Main Street, Avon Park                              Phone: (863) 402-8238

Website: https://peterpowellroberts.org

Admission: Always free


Other Highlands County Museums include:

  • American Clown Museum & School
  • Archbold Biological Station
  • Avon Park Depot Museum
  • Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA)
  • Sebring Historical Society


Click here to access an interactive map of local museums in Avon Park, Lake Placid and Sebring. 

Click here to learn more about International Museum Day, and the 2023 Theme – Museums, Sustainability and Well-Being. 



May 18 2023
All Day


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