Naples has a very large artist’s community. When you come to Naples, or if you have been to Naples, you can understand why. With our gorgeous beaches, unique wildlife and the fact that we are located within the Western Everglades, it is not a surprise why any artist wouldn’t be inspired, or wouldn’t want to call Naples home!
Naples Philharmonic Orchestra
In addition to being an artists’ community, Naples is also a major hub for the arts in Southwest Florida. With major performance groups like the Naples Players and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, and major performance venues like The Artis and the Gulf Shore Playhouse. However, for years, Naples didn’t have its own fine arts museum.
Then fifteen years ago, Naples finally got its first, and currently only, fine arts museum. This museum was called The Baker Museum, founded and housed on the property of the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, now known as The Artis.
Why You Should Go
So, as a tourist, why should you even consider visiting The Baker Museum? Even though it is a small museum, it features a unique permanent collection of 20th and 21st century art. This includes a collection of art by Mexican artists like Diego Rivera, an original sketch for an art fan by Pablo Picasso, and paintings by American cubists and surrealists.
Rotating Temporary Exhibits
Additionally, there is always a temporary exhibit, featuring photography and other art pieces by artists from all art periods and from around the world.
Guided Museum Tours
The tour through the museum is self-guided, however, if you would prefer a guided tour, they start every day the museum is open at 2 pm from the museum’s lobby. For more information, please visit their website at www.artisnaples.org/baker-museum.
The Baker Museum is open Tuesday from Friday 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday, from noon to 4 pm. To visit The Baker Museum, go to the campus of The Artis, and pay the entrance fee of $10 per person at the museum’s gift shop.
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