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Tropical Dreams | Reflections | Nicaraguan Caribbean

Explore different aspects of this unique tropical region through exhibitions on Southern Florida and the Caribbean.

Paintings at top, from left:
Fuel Stop, Sanford, by Jules Andre Smith
Natural Limestone Bridge at Arch Creek, by Louis Comfort Tiffanay
Gates of St. Augustine, Florida, by William Staples Drown

Permanent Exhibition


Tropical Dreams:
A People's History of South Florida

Tropical Dreams explores South Florida history from prehistoric times to the present. Throughout the ages, the story has been characterized by arrivals—the immigration of people from many different places and cultures into the region—and by adaptation to the region's unique subtropical environment.

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Current Exhibitions

Painting by N. C. Wyeth
Dance of the Whooping Cranes
by N. C. Wyeth

Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965
from the collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown

February 18 through May 15, 2011

Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965 from the collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown, highlights 69 paintings depicting the natural beauty and eco-history of Florida before the post-World War II building booms. Drawn from the largest private collection of Florida-based art in existence today, the exhibition includes:

  • representations of famous landmarks and structures from St. Augustine to Key West;
  • historical portraits of native Floridians; and
  • landscapes capturing the lush green tropical environment of the state.

Reflections features masterworks by well-known American artists representing the “Florida School of painters,” including Thomas Hart Benton, William Aiken Walker, Martin Johnson Heade, Frederic Remington, Herman Herzog, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Walt Kuhn, N.C. Wyeth and Jane Peterson.

Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965 from the collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown is organized by the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, Florida.



Estampas del Caribe Nicaragüense
Portraits of the Nicaraguan Caribbean

September 17, 2010,
through April 3, 2011

Journey to the Nicaraguan coast through the lens of award-winning documentary photographers María José Alvarez and Claudia Gordillo. Often described as the forgotten region of the country, Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast is home to a diversity of cultures that include Creoles, Sumos, Miskitos and Garífunas.

On display in this exhibition will be over thirty-five photographs offering an anthropological view of the region, its people and their cultural practices.




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