When are you open?
November to May
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 1pm-4pm
When are you closed?
We will Close for major holidays (Christmas eve, Christmas, New Years Eve, New Years
Day, Good Friday, Easter) and, for really bad weather...Hurricanes, High Winds, Flooding and Tornadoes
Do you have an Admission?
We have a Suggested Donation of $10.00 per person,
per admission - Children under 12 - free
Where can I Park?
We have three parking
lots for use by our visitors:
Parking Lot A
2229 North Tamiami Trail - our Sculpture Garden and Parking Lot. Enter off 22nd Street
Parking Lot B 2121 North Tamiami Trail- the Main Museum Building. Enter directly
from US 41
Parking Lot C 2005 North Tamiami Trail - the
Whimsy Waterfront Studio and Parking Lot. Enter off Sylvan Drive
Musem of Art & Whimsy is located on US 41,West of the Trail, in Sarasota just north of Greater Downtown Sarasota and is
nestled between Whitaker Bayou and the Ringling College of Art & Design on Sarasota's fabulous North Tamiami Trail.
There is No
Direct Entrance from US 41 to either 2229 North Tamiami Trail or 2005 North Tamiami Trail
use the side streets on 22nd St or Sylvan Drive
Are you ADA
Yes. We are ADA accessible. Please bring your own
Can I bring my dog?
We all love dogs, BUT please do not bring yours!
or dogs allowed in carriers, handbags, backpacks, strollers or in a Visitor's arms or on their neck.
We do allow Trained Service Animals as permitted by the Federal Americans with Disabilities law and
are trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.
A Trained Service Animal is not a pet. To determine
the difference between a trained service animal and a pet, we will ask what work or tasks the animal has been trained to perform. If the Visitor refuses to answer these
questions, then it can be assumed that the animal is NOT a trained service animal and the animal must leave.
The trained service animal must be be on the ground, with
a leash and under direct control of the Visitor with the Disability at all
If the animal is out of control, growling, snapping, biting,
or unable to control it's bodily functions, then the Visitor will be asked to remove the animal. The Visitor will be allowed back in, but not the animal.
We share this property with the local wildlife such as racoons,
possum, black snakes, lizards, and mosquitos. Please let us know if you should find some racoon poo, try not to
step in it, and notify a volunteer. Please try not to terrorize the black snakes...they keep our rat population under
control and we only have one black snake at present.
PS We are all volunteers!
No Smoking anything legal or illegal. Including no e-cigarettes or vaping
in the museum or on the grounds...including entryways, gardens, and parking lots
Can I photograph the artwork and vegetation with a camera?
YES! Snapshots are allowed with CELL PHONES ONLY!
No Long, Medium, or
Short Lenses, No Compact, Sub-Compact Cameras, NO IPads, and No Selfie Sticks
Commercial Photography or Commercial Video is permitted
This includes: No selling, reproducing, publishing, distributing or transferring any photography or videos even if it
is for "Personal use"
Why cell phones only ? Why are you
so strict about other cameras?
1. Most of the artwork you see here is made by Living Professional
Artists who make their living by selling their artwork.
2. We are trying to help protect their copyright.
(Some of their images have already been stolen, reproduced, and sold.)
3. The museum is actually
very small, other people might bump into you or you might bump into them.
4. When you go out to dinner tonight with your friends, you probably will not
bring your big camera, but we hope that you will share
your cell phone images with your friends.
Can I bring in Food or drinks?
Water only. We do provide fruited water.
What can I or my family touch?
Please use your very best good judgement. In general, please do not touch the
artwork inside the museum unless assisted by a Volunteer. Please do not sit on the chairs obviously painted or made
by an artist.
Some of the artwork was designed
to be interactive and the Volunteers will assist you.
Family gardens were designed for your enjoyment. You'll find a variety of sculptures, plants, windchimes, and games
such as Dominos, Checkers and Chess. Please
do not climb on or try to rock the sculptures or landscape features.
Can I schedule a wedding, reception, or other event?
Not at this time
Thank you for your help keeping this museum a nice clean place to visit!