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 exhibit focuses on the diverse and rich historic heritage of the Venice region, and will explore the area from prehistoric Venice when woolly mammoths roamed, to mammoth's descendant, the elephant, being spotted crossing a local Venice bridge in the latter half of the 20th century. The displays put special focus on the human inhabitants including early Native American tribes, early settlers of the area, the first land developers, investors, planners, and the military men who occupied the town.