Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Use your SunRail ticket to unlock art treasure

Did you know that your SunRail ticket is a key to one of Florida’s greatest art treasures?

Seriously, it is.

From now and through September you can present your SunRail ticket for free admission to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, 445 N. Park Ave. make sure you tell them you’re a SunRailRiders fan.

The museum -- only a 5-minute stroll from the Winter Park SunRail train platform -- is home of one of this nation’s most eye-popping collections of “leaded-glass” (stained glass) windows.

Don’t yawn. We didn’t realize what we were missing until we visited the Morse Museum last year. The works on display at this museum are stunning and you don’t have to be an art expert to enjoy the collection.

The museum showcases the opalescent glass windows and designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Surely you’ve heard of Tiffany & Co.? That business was founded by his family.

Our favorite part of the museum is the Tiffany Chapel, an awesome collection of mosaic art, leaded glass windows and Byzantine architecture that was originally created for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. It narrowly escaped destruction and has now been reconstructed in the Morse Museum. When you see it in person, you’ll understand why we’re crazy about it.

For more information on the museum and its programs, including tours, please click here.

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that the Morse Museum is usually closed on Mondays.

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