Monday, February 21, 2011

The Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy

The area in and around Sarasota is loaded with more art. In fact Left Brain and I met a nice man named Art at the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy.

Actually he wasn't real, but you'd never know it!  I kept staring at him and waiting for him to blink. 

 The other lady sitting near him was obviously not real, but she was just as interesting...especially to a doll maker like myself.  I'm going to have to make more life sized dolls

Every aspect of this museum was fascinating...down to the tiniest details.  The colors chosen were wonderful, the art is exquisite and the staff very friendly.  I had the opportunity to meet Marietta herself while there.

There is more than just the inside of the museum - the back yard is vast and each area is tastefully arranged with eye candy to drool over.  She is hoping to be able to add a gift shop in the future.

The museum is located at 2121 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL  34234.  The phone number for the museum is 941-364-3399 and Marietta's email is

It is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 - 4PM.  There wasn't any website listed on the business card provided to me, so you'll just have to make the drive down there and check it out yourself.
Everywhere you turn the view is just stunning.  The walls are all gorgeous warm fun colors with statuary everywhere, including the rooftop.   I was taken back with the urinal in the mens room...not so unusual except that it was positioned near the ceiling.

They were setting up for a class on adding shells and glass to an archway when I was there that looked very interesting. 

I probably could have stayed longer because Left Brain looked very comfortable visiting with his new friends.  But.....alas we had places to go and things to see.

Long Live the Queen of Whimsy


  1. Oh wow! I love those dragon bookends! My daughter would flip for those. I really think I will try to take a trip to visit this museum while I am in Florida. It looks so interesting. However, I do have one perplexing question. What were you doing in the men's room checking out urinals????

    I am a very curious person too, but I can't ever remember checking out the men's room whenever I stopped somewhere fascinating. And this is cool with Left Brain? Hmmmmmmmmm. (I just figured out why the urinals are up near the ceiling. It's so the guys can test their pointing skills!)

    That life-like gent looks like the guy who used to take care of my computer. Are you sure he's not real? Gosh, that life sized dolly is just fabulous. She would make a stunning addition to anyone's living room or patio.

    I'm off now to see what sort of mischief I can get into today. You have a great day, hugs, Edna B.

  2. what is up. what is down. towel tales. museum madcap. left brain lucky living with such fine wit and entertainment. you go girl. lois