Arts & Culture on Anna Maria Island

Sure, we know you’re here for the surf, sand and blue skies but most beach destinations are lame when it comes to culture. Not us! Island galleries, fabulous museums, performing arts and concert venues beckon. Even when the weather’s nice! And they make excellent refuge when you’ve gotten a little too much sun. Here are some of our favorites.

The Studio at Gulf and Pine

Offering an eclectic array of exhibits, instructional classes and lectures, this venue serves as Anna Maria Island’s cultural art gallery and event facility. Founded by the First Lady of Florida, Rhea Chiles, the permanent collection is comprised of paintings that hung in the governor’s office.

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The Island Players

Founded in 1949, this creative group has produced a plethora of productions spanning comedy, drama and musical theater. A talented cast and crew perform each season, October through May. Located in the Old Community House on the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue.

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South Florida Museum

The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs that interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world, and our universe. A constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions make each visit unique and enriching.

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Sarasota Opera House

An intimate venue on the scale of European opera houses with fewer than 1200 seats. Superb acoustics add to the intimacy and feeling that the audience is part of the action. Each season brings an interesting mix of the familiar and less well known. Youth summer camp, lectures and education events make this a jewel of Sarasota.

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Asolo Repertory Theatre

The Asolo stages up to fifteen productions every season, spanning a diverse repertoire of newly commissioned plays, bold reinterpretations of contemporary and classical works, and provocative new musical theatre experiences. With over 60 seasons, The Asolo is is recognized as one of the premier professional theaters in America.

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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Pronounced “Van Wayzull,” presents a broad spectrum of more than 100 events each year. Spectacular Broadway musicals, top national and international performers, popular comedians, world-class symphony orchestras and a compelling mix of classical, modern and ethnic dance. Not to mention the stunning Sarasota location.

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