The most comprehensive and all-embracing Florida-themed show of its kind, Imagining Florida: History and Myth in the Sunshine State, presented a remarkable assemblage of 200+ works of art celebrating how the Sunshine State has inspired artists across three centuries. This stunning exhibition was a major anthology of art made in and inspired by Florida and its people, places, flora, and fauna. The Boca Raton Museum of Art brought together America’s leading masters and some of the world’s most renowned painters who visited Florida and were spellbound by the exotic beauty surrounding them.
Visitors were transported through Florida’s history via the paintings, photographs, drawings, and material culture from the 18th-to the mid-20th century, from naturalists to modernists. From natural landscapes to frontier outposts to burgeoning towns, the scenes featured in Imagining Florida portrayed many different aspects of the state: its deep-rooted Seminole and Miccosukee heritage, its historic African-American communities, and its identity as a tourist destination.
Three years in the making, the exhibition was guest-curated by Dr. Jennifer Hardin and Mr. Gary Monroe. Many of their selections have rarely been seen and are from some of the leading museums and collections throughout the United States.
Artists and photographers include:
- Doris Lee
- Milton Avery
- Purvis Young
- Bunny Yeager
- Winslow Homer
- Laura Woodward
- Garry Winogrand
- John Singer Sargent
- Louis Comfort Tiffany
- George de Forest Brush
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
- Martin Johnson Heade
- John James Audubon
- Frederic Remington
- Frederick Frieseke
- William Bartram
- Thomas Moran
- Sally Michel
- Robert Frank
- George Catlin
Imagining Florida was accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog.
In conjunction with Imagining Florida, the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum presented Imagining Boca Raton, an exhibition that exhibited paintings, posters, and other Boca Raton illustrations from the museum’s collections. Visitors could enjoy landmarks past and present as envisioned by local artists. The exhibition ran from November 13, 2018, through March 24, 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Museum follow CDC guidelines for COVID 19?
In consideration of your safety and the safety of our staff, the Museum has taken great care in adhering to all Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and precautions. We will continue to update our policies based on health official guidance and our policies may change at any time. For more on this, visit this link.
Do I need to book tickets in advance?
No. You can reserve an admission ticket the same day of your visit, if they are available. Please feel free to call and ask if there are tickets for the event you plan on attending.
Can I reserve my tickets via phone?
Absolutely! You can call the Box Office (ext.228) during it's hours.
Do I need to print my ticket(s)?
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Can I apply a discount code to any event at the Museum?
Most promotion and discounts codes are only for General Admission or specific to an event.
Do you offer group discounts?
Yes, adult groups of 12 or more can book a group tour and receive reduced ticket prices. For more information, and to reserve, please see our Guided Tours page.
Admission is free for a specific event. Do I still need a ticket?
Yes. Visitors are required to have a ticket for all events. This ensures that your reservation is secured as some days do sell out. Children ages 3 and up must have an admission ticket to the Museum.
Are face coverings required?
As of August 20, 2021, face coverings are required for all staff and visitors (ages 3+) inside the Museum.