Venice Museum & Archives
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Venice Museum & Archives

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The Venice Museum & Archives introduces visitors to local history by featuring both permanent and changing exhibits. Housed in a 1927 structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the collection contains more than 20,000 images and artifacts from Venice, Nokomis, Laurel, and Osprey, Florida. Also gift shop, research, online access to a portion of the collection, Facebook.
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lancsprop1
Preston, UK320 contributions
Sep 2022
Unfortunately we arrived just as the museum was closing however the friendly staff took the time to recommend a local hotel for us to stay, Will definitely visit on our next visit.
Written September 29, 2022
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Carmen C
4 contributions
May 2022
A small museaum with so much history and information. Very interesting and the personell extraordinary. 100% recommend you to add to your next visit to Venice.
Written May 11, 2022
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Mary M
8 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
This is a small museum packed with interesting information. We know about the circus and sharks, but did you know about mastodons in the area? There's that and much more.
Written February 19, 2022
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Diane K
Venice, FL3,789 contributions
Dec 2021
The docent was quite helpful in providing an overview of the museum and highlights of Venice's history. We spent a little over an hour exploring the small museum. It was nicely arranged and informative.
Written December 16, 2021
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Thanks for the review! Please plan to make a return visit as our exhibits do change.
Written January 14, 2022
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Russ009
Las Vegas, NV15 contributions
Jul 2020
As a 100% disabled veteran, I attempted to visit this museum with my 12 lb service animal to be carried through the visit. We arrived at 10 a.m. as the museum opened with no other visitors in sight. The woman who was in attendance simply said we do not allow animals and refused to listen to what a service animal designates. Frankly, as a military retiree and veteran, I am getting tired of people who profess to support veterans than do the exact opposite out of stupidity.
Written July 21, 2020
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Thank you for your service. A sign posted on the entrance door says service animals are welcome. We are sorry you had a less than pleasant experience.
Written August 3, 2020
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redheaddr
Venice, FL84 contributions
Sep 2019
The structure is a lovely 1927 broading house that was built by Mrs. Augusta Miner, a widow. It details the area before and after it was called Venice FL. Venice was one of the first planned communities! Beautiful architecture and on the Natl Historic Register.
Not large but full of information. Perfect for visitors and residents.
Written February 22, 2020
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Thank you for the review. The museum is small, but mighty!
Written February 24, 2020
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Mike M
Rotonda West, FL32 contributions
Jan 2020
It has some interesting facts about Venice but it is somewhat small and limited to what it can show you. If you are in the area, then by all means visit the museum there is always something to learn.
Written February 4, 2020
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Thank you for visiting. The museum is located in a unique structure that was built in 1927 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You're right; there is always something to learn -- some exhibits are permanent while others change, so be sure to visit again.
Written February 5, 2020
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2CaribTravelers
North Port, FL195 contributions
Sep 2018
From the very early times (pre white man) up thru the founding of Venice, if you're interested in history this is the place to find it.The railroad. The circus.Virginia Military Institute.Even Tamiami Trail. It's all here. It's amazing what is here in such a small place. Take your time and enjoy learning about the area.
Written August 24, 2019
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We appreciate the review and are pleased you found the museum worthwhile! Thank you.
Written August 26, 2019
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,018 contributions
Jul 2019
My wife and I have been spending more and more time in Sarasota, Florida, over the last 30 years while maintaining our home in Chicago. So it is only natural to become acquainted with the surrounding communities. Sarasota's closest neighbor to the south is Venice. A good place to start to learn about the history of the Venice region is the Venice Museum & Archives. Located at 351 Nassau Street, it has exhibits from prehistoric Venice when woolly mammoths roamed the area to a special focus on the human inhabitants, including early Native American tribes, early settlers, the first land developers, investors, planners and the military men who occupied the town. A new exhibit for the 2018-19 season focuses on the largely undocumented and truly unique history of the area today known as the Snook Haven Restaurant and Waterfront Park. Permanent exhibits include the story of the historic 1927 Triangle Inn, over 365 fossils of mammoths, mastodons, giant sloths, bison, alligators and sharks collected from Sarasota and Charlotte counties and the life and contributions of world renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Fred Albee, a longtime resident of the Venice and Nokomis area. The museum features over 30,000 items that span a time period from 1867 to the present. But Venice's rich pre-history is represented in a paleontological collection dating from about 20 million years ago to 10,000 years ago, during the last ice age. Imagine, ice in Venice. Only at Sharky's on the Pier.
Written August 14, 2019
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Chris M. Day
Homestead, FL78 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
This was my first stop during my first-ever visit to Venice Florida. It's a small museum, but it's packed with history. You can easily spend an hour or two checking everything out and learning all about the origins of this small seaside town.
Written May 10, 2019
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Thanks for the review! We are happy to hear we were your #1 stop and did not disappoint!
Written May 13, 2019
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