Permanent Exhibitions

America’s first official WWI artist created an art colony in 1937 in Maitland, Florida, originally called The Research Studio. His 21-year tenure at the art center included friendships with Zora Neale Hurston, Mary Curtis Bok, and Annie Russell, while also serving as a location for invited artists to create their own work.
Maitland on the Move


The Maitland Historical Museum’s permanent exhibition Maitland on the Move features highlights of Maitland through the years in a timeline format. Visitors can learn about the Timucuan Indians, examine the days of the early citrus groves, check out milestones in the City’s history, celebrate the Maitland Little League, and more! Exhibit sponsored by Progress Energy and Mercantile Bank.

Destination Maitland

Destination Maitland at the Maitland Historical Museum takes visitors on a journey that traces the history of the South Florida Railroad and its arrival in Maitland. Learn about the Maitland Train Depot, the different uses for the railroad, and the different types of people who used it to arrive and leave from Maitland. Interactive activities for kids make this a great stop for school groups and families.


The Telephone Museum’s permanent exhibit takes visitors on a tour of communications technology. Try your hand at the working switching station and then take a look at how phones have changed through history. This exciting collection features the story of the Winter Park Telephone Company founded in Maitland by Carl Galloway in 1910.


This historic house museum reflects the life of a middle class Victorian family during the early days of the city of Maitland. The home was originally built by Maitland resident and carpenter William Waterhouse in 1884. Visit and learn about the Waterhouse family and the early days of Maitland and Central Florida.

Click the link below and preview a copy of a letter written by William Waterhouse to his brother in 1884!


Built in 1883 as the working shop of carpenter and home builder William H. Waterhouse, the Carpentry Shop Museum now houses a permanent exhibit of nineteenth century and early twentieth century tools. This museum offers hands-on opportunities as well!


The Learning Garden is located next to the Waterhouse Residence Museum, this outdoor exhibit features plants popular in Victorian Florida. Bring friends and learn together the many uses of these plants during the Victorian era.

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