It began with a group of artists in the 1920s displaying their work. Today, it's known as one of the best museums in the South. This local heavyweight handles some of the most prestigious traveling exhibits in the nation. The museum, founded in 1924, hosts special exhibits throughout the year, but even if you miss one, it's worth a stop to see its rotating permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art, pre-Columbian art dating from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1500, and African art. Allow 2 to 3 hours. The museum also has kid-friendly activities, with two Discovery Centers offering programs for the youngest art critics, and you can also find art education programs for adults, kids, teachers, and artists, helping you add some culture to your everyday life or much needed a respite from your theme park adventures.This cultural area plays host to a selection of events including the Festival of Trees, the Antiques Show and Sale, the Orlando International Fringe Festival, PlayFest, Pet Fair, and VegFest.