Permanent Exhibitions
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America’s first official WWI artist created an art colony in 1937 in Maitland, Florida, originally called The Research Studio. His 21-year tenure at the art center included friendships with Zora Neale Hurston, Mary Curtis Bok, and Annie Russell, while also serving as a location for invited artists to create their own work.


Maitland Art Center Galleries
231 W. Packwood Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 AM – 4 PM




William Waterhouse

The story of Maitland’s legacies united all of the Art & History Museums – Maitland, and extends beyond local geography, mirroring many American communities.  The important individuals and families that made up these legacies include André Smith, the Waterhouse family, the Galloway family, the Dommerich family, the Hill family, and many more.


What united these people that founded our institutions?  These pioneers were creative, innovative, entrepreneurial, and visionary.  They came to this unfamiliar place and made opportunities for themselves and others.  Drawn from a variety of social classes, they built both culture and community.  Using archival photographs, artifacts, and documents, the exhibition explores these stories as they relate to the economic, technological, and social aspects of the American experience.


Maitland Historical Museum
221 W. Packwood Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751
Thursday – Sunday 12p.m. – 4p.m.




The Telephone Museum’s permanent exhibit takes visitors on a tour of communications technology. Try your hand at the working switching station and then take a look at how phones have changed through history. This exciting collection features the story of the Winter Park Telephone Company founded in Maitland by Carl Galloway in 1910.
221 W. Packwood Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751
Thursday – Sunday 12p.m. – 4p.m.



This historic house museum reflects the life of a middle class Victorian family during the early days of the city of Maitland. The home was originally built by Maitland resident and carpenter William Waterhouse in 1884. Visit and learn about the Waterhouse family and the early days of Maitland and Central Florida.

Click the link below and preview a copy of a letter written by William Waterhouse to his brother in 1884!

William Waterhouse Letter
See video of Waterhouse & Carpentry Shop Museums


820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland, FL 32751
Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 4 PM





Built in 1883 as the working shop of carpenter and home builder William H. Waterhouse, the Carpentry Shop Museum now houses a permanent exhibit of nineteenth century and early twentieth century tools. This museum offers hands-on opportunities as well!

820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland, FL 32751
Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 4 PM


The Learning Garden is located next to the Waterhouse Residence Museum, this outdoor exhibit features plants popular in Victorian Florida. Bring friends and learn together the many uses of these plants during the Victorian era.

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