Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts

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Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts

Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts
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Named after the celebrated writer and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, this museum features old photos of the town of Eatonville.
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Keith H
Lakeland, FL450 contributions
Schedule a tour
Nov 2019
Visiting the Hurston Museum can be a meaningful experience now if you take the guided group tour. You will get an informative talk about the relationship between Eatonville and Hurston and then you will have a short walking tour of some of the locations associated with her, though little has been left as it was in her day. The museum galleries will re-open in their new location January 25th, which might be a better time to visit.
Written November 16, 2019
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Britt
3 contributions
Very Disappointing
Jan 2019 • Solo
I drove 30 minutes out of my way to get to this museum and see completely bare walls and a sign-in sheet. Upon my arrival, the employees explained they were preparing for a festival which was why they had taken everything down. Then I was pointed to a smaller office to purchase outdated t-shirts from the previous year's festivals and simple mugs. I was speechless when I left and out done because I had gone out of my way to get there. I was in and out in less than 5 minutes and I only stayed that long because I was pretending to be interested in the small amount of items they had for sale.
Written January 12, 2019
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Felixgd
New York City, NY1 contribution
Visiting Orlando During Black History Month
Feb 2018 • Couples
We visited Orlando in February to get-away from the brutal New York cold and to celebrate my wife’s birthday. As we are not big park goers, we looked up things to do for adults while visiting Orlando. Well, we decided to visit the Zora Neale Hurston museum. Zora Neale Hurston was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority (my wife’s a member) so she really was interested. Although the museum is small it’s very much satisfies the definition of a museum as it displays cultural and historical artifacts of the first incorporated African American town in the USA. Zora was a product of this town and indeed as she boasted, they too have a lot to boast and be proud of.
I’m hoping to return in January of next year for the Zora Neale Hurston Festival. I would be remissed if I did not give a shout out to Carolyn Atkins, museum associate - she treated us like we were long time friends telling us the history of Eatonville and Zora.
If visiting Orlando stop by the Zora Neale Hurston Museum.
I’m so glad that I did not feed in to the negative reviews.
Written February 20, 2018
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Lakeal E
1 contribution
The Zora Trip that was not Zora at all
Mar 2016 • Solo
I planned this trip after falling in love with the entire Zora Neale Hurston story of her life, work and sad death. I went here looking for knowledge I call 3 mths in advance I paid over 100$ for a 4 hr tour and lasted about 2 hrs and I walked away being disrespected insulted and I felt like it was just another slap in the face for Ms. Hurston's legacy there is nothing in the town in direct relation to her the museum is a total hoax and all they want to do is sell every thing not nailed to the floor. even a T shirt for 125$ very sad ans dishonorably attributed to Ms. Hurston. Sad.
Written April 26, 2016
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Geoff-5151
London, UK205 contributions
A thought provoking visit
Oct 2015 • Couples
The museum is small, so easily missed, you may pass it before realising this is it. Eatonville is an African American town and Zora is one of it's stars. The museum charts her life and experiences with portraits and other objects of interest. A small exhibition but worth seeing without doubt.
While your there, stop for lunch at Gordon Be Back Fish House 558 Kennedy Boulevard, the museum is 227. This is owned by a previous Mayer of Eatonville and talking to him you get more of the history plus a great food
Written December 5, 2015
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Regennia2015
Cleveland, OH3 contributions
Eatonville on a Beautiful (Sunny and Peaceful) Sunday Afternoon
Jun 2015 • Solo
The first time that I visited Eatonville. I was in Florida to conduct Hurston-related research in Gainesville, Florida, and, having flown into Orlando, I felt compelled to make the pilgrimage the nearby town that meant so much to Zora. Having read and taught Zora Neale Hurston's books for more than 20 years--and read and head so much about Eatonville's history as one of the first all-Black towns to be incorporated in America, I found that It was just as I thought it would be: small, clean, quiet, and historically linked to the life and legacy of of the brilliant writer who spent part of her childhood there.

Because I arrived late in the early evening on a Sunday, I missed the congregants who worshiped at the churches on Kennedy Boulevard, and both the Zora Neale Hurston branch of the public library and the Hurston Museum were closed. During most of the visit, I was the only person on the street, and, in my solitude, I enjoyed taking photos of everything around me. After the photo shoot, I drove up the road a piece, and had dinner in Winter Park, Florida. Like many small towns, Eatonville is quite charming. I didn't encounter the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan museum community, but that was not the reason for my visit. I found what I was looking for, and I was not disappointed.

My only regret is that I was not able to meet the Hurston Museum's staff members, since they were so polite when I spoke with them by telephone before my visit. No worries, however, since I am planning a return visit -- during their normal, weekday business hours -- in October of 2015.

PLEASE NOTE:
I visited Eatonville in June of 2013. I selected "June 2015" from the menu for this review, because I had to choose a date before moving on to the next section of this page, and I wanted readers to know that I visited during the off season, since the big Zora! festival is in January of each year.
Written August 3, 2015
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city-hiker
BROOKLYN106 contributions
Unique history
Mar 2015 • Couples
The museum is modest but the exhibit thought-provoking and original. Take the self-guided walking tour of this historic town, you will definitely gain a perspective that is unusual and interesting. Admission is free (donation requested).
Written April 13, 2015
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Felicia M
Tallahassee224 contributions
National Museum????
Jan 2015 • Friends
I have no idea why or how this got the name "national museum of fine arts" when there's no art. I visited the museum because I was in town for the Zora Neale Hurston Festival. I walked in and out in 60 seconds. The gallery space was slightly large than your average two car garage. The "art" on display was weird. Someone took a target that you would use at a gun range and painted or copied someone's face it. Museum staff weren't engaging at all; they didn't bother to welcome us or talk about the "artist" on display. The whole thing was just bazaar.
Written February 15, 2015
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DemainDeslAube
Luray, VA96 contributions
Best place to start visit of Eatonville
Jan 2014 • Family
It's not a museum about Zora but a gallery of art works. When we visited, it was showing beautiful posters for past Zora Hurston's festivals. It's also the office organizing the ZNH's yearly festival and the have all the information about it, as well as detailed info about the town and Zora's life. Very friendly and informative.
Written January 2, 2014
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CULITEACH
Lakeland, FL51 contributions
A quick stop
Aug 2012 • Family
The Eatonville Zora Neale Hurston experience can be a good one if you have background knowledge of Zora's early days prior to her many moves when she lived briefly in Eatonville. Seeing the town of Eatonville itself is a wonderful experience as it is one of the first all African American towns to be independently governed. Eatonville is in the process of alot of growth concerning their connections to Zora Neale Hurston, but I feel the town and museum is worth a quick stop. The primary place to be for Zora lovers would be a drive to Ft. Pierce, where Zora lived her final days. You can see her last home, the school she taught English at and her grave that was left unmarked due to her impoverished final days until famous author Alice Walker paid for a headstone. There are people there at a local restaurant that actually had Zora as their teacher. I will review the restaurant and reveal its location in another review.
Written September 24, 2012
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