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3001 Riverside Park Drive

Price & Hours

$8 for adults; free for children 17 and younger
Wed-Sat 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Sun 1-4 p.m.

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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Head to this nonprofit in Riverside Park (a green space on the barrier island that also houses Riverside Theatre to browse some of Vero's most impressive works of art. Within the property's 7 acres, you'll find five art galleries, a sculpture park, seven studios that host art classes, an interactive kids space, an auditorium, a cafe and a gift shop. With so much space dedicated to its 880-plus pieces, it's hardly surprising that the more than 55,000-square-foot facility is considered the largest of its kind on the Treasure Coast.

The museum's impressive collection means you'll discover plenty to admire, so consider prioritizing the kinds of works you gravitate toward. Recent visitors recommended checking out the sculpture park and the permanent collection of contemporary paintings by the likes of Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí. The museum's collection of glass objects by Dale Chihuly and Frederick Carder, among others, also shouldn't be missed. Depending on when you visit, you may also want to save time for perusing the museum's temporary exhibit. Past ones have focused on everything from the gold Chinese zodiac sculptures to astronomy photos to 19th-century posters from France.

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is currently closed because of the coronavirus. However, its galleries and sculpture park are typically open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays between 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students with valid IDs. First responders, healthcare workers, active members of the military and children 17 and younger can visit for free. To avoid paying an entrance fee, time your visit for the last Saturday of the month when admission is free. Complimentary parking is available by the museum and throughout Riverside Park. Learn more about the Vero Beach Museum of Art by visiting the property's website.

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