VHI supports Venice Museum & Archives
Along with its preservation efforts relating to historic properties and landscapes within the City of Venice, the Department of Historical Resources also manages the Venice Museum & Archives (VMA). The mission of the VMA is to collect and preserve historical and archaeological material relating to Venice and the communities of Nokomis, Laurel and Osprey, whose histories have all been interwoven from 1867 to the present time.
The VMA has a collection of 30,000+ photographs, archives, objects, and publications pertaining to area history. The museum engages the public in local history through changing and permanent exhibits, tours of the Triangle Inn, special events, newsletters and social media, as well as onsite and offsite educational outreach programs to youth and adults. Additional services offered also include assisting the public with research and image requests. The museum’s gift shop offers books, DVDs and other merchandise pertaining to local history available for purchase.
The museum is located in the historic Triangle Inn and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1927 as an inn, the building was saved from demolition in 1991 and is a beautiful example of Venice’s Northern Italian style architecture. The Venice Museum & Archives is free (donations appreciated) and open to the public Mondays through Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. [Additional days are offered during October through April, on the first and third Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.]
The city of Venice is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. On May 9, 1927, the State Legislature changed the designation of Venice from “town” to “city” by amending the enabling legislation and the Venice Charter. The photographs and items on display at the VMA present an overview of the development of Venice over the course of the city’s history. Along with the museum’s permanent exhibits, this temporary exhibition provides a glimpse of the forces, people and organizations that were instrumental in creating the city of today. The exhibition includes information and photographs on the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Kentucky Military Institute, the Venice Army Air Base, and the Winter Quarters of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, as well as other influences. It provides images and objects that capture the changes that took place to create contemporary Venice, with reminders of its past still prevalent.