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 Venice Museum & Archives (VMA) is to collect, preserve, and interpret historical and prehistorical material relating to the city of Venice and its neighboring communities.
VMA has a collection of 30,000+ photographs, archives, objects, and publications pertaining to area history and is housed in the historic 1927 Triangle Inn building. The museum engages the public in local history through changing and permanent exhibits, tours of the Triangle Inn, special events, newsletters, 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 requests and assisting with image request orders. 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 (351 Nassau Street South, Venice, FL 34285) 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.
HOURS: Monday – Wednesday 10am-4pm. Julia Cousins Laning and Dale Laning Archives & Research Center by appointment. (941) 486-2487 | firstname.lastname@example.org