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Beat the heat while treating your brain at Orlando's (literally) coolest museums

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Orlando Museum of Art

2416 N. Mills Ave., 407-896-4231, omart.org, $15 admission

Through June 11: Matthew Weinstein: The Living End -- Videos, paintings and drawings by a conceptual artist who works extensively in 3-D animation and explores the technical and narrative concerns of this medium in his art (pictured above).

Through Oct. 30: J. Hyde Crawford and Anthony Tortora Collection -- Works by important American artists who rose to prominence in the decades following World War II.

June 2–Aug. 20: Florida Prize in Contemporary Art -- Cutting-edge work from 10 of the most progressive and exciting artists working in the state today; the winning artist receives a significant monetary award.

Orlando Science Center

777 E. Princeton St., 407-514-2000, osc.org, $19.95 admission

June 3-Sept. 4: Identity: An Exhibition of You -- A three-part interactive experience that explores the science of our unique identities.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-645-5311, morsemuseum.org, $5 admission

Through Sept. 24: The Bride Elect – Gifts From the 1905 Wedding of Elizabeth Owens Morse -- A group of gifts from the 1905 Morse-Genius wedding, including Tiffany art glass, Rookwood pottery and Gorham silver.

Through Sept. 23, 2018: Celebrating 75 Years: Pathways of American Art -- Commemorative exhibition celebrating 75 years of the Morse Museum.

Art & History Museums ­– Maitland Art Center

231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland, 407-539-2181, artandhistory.org, $3 admission

Through July 2: Architect as Artist -- Work by Andre Smith, an accomplished architect and noted visual artist; Composing Maitland -- Featuring the architectural plans of William H. Waterhouse and Andre Smith. Unveils the techniques of the creators and a behind-the-scenes look at the building's restoration.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, 407-646-2526, cfam.rollins.edu, free admission

May 25-Sept. 10: Patrick Martinez: American Memorial -- An exploration of public mourning through memorials and altered vernacular ephemera; Sea and Sky: Watercolors and Drawings by Paul Signac -- Landscape watercolors and drawings by late-19th/early-20th-century French artist Paul Signac.

Orange County Regional History Center

65 E. Central Blvd., 407-836-8500, thehistorycenter.org, $8 admission

Through May 29: Memories Matched: The Art of Camilo Velásquez -- In this exhibition, Velásquez re-creates short stories and family histories by juxtaposing imagery and words to produce meaningful visual works. 

June 24-Oct. 8: Threads of Our Lives: Celebrating 75 Years of Weaving in Central Florida -- Explore the history of weaving, and experience surprising colors and textures in functional, wearable and decorative art made by Central Florida craftspeople who bring a modern twist to an age-old tradition.

Mennello Museum of American Folk Art

900 E. Princeton St., 407-246-4278, mennellomuseum.org, $5 admission

Through June 18: Our Orlando -- A collection of work by five rising local artists who have shaped the visual fabric of the City Beautiful through art; American Youth: Our Identity -- Outstanding work by local high-school-age artists.

June 23-Sept. 10: The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston -- The work of William Eggleston, renowned American photographer acclaimed for elevating color photography and transforming ordinary scenes into fine art. Curated by American novelist Megan Abbott.

UCF Art Gallery

UCF Visual Arts Building, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., 407-823-2000, gallery.cah.ucf.edu, free admission

June 8-June 30: Resilience: Remembering Pulse -- An exhibition of photographs, quilts, paintings, stories and more to honor the victims and LGBTQ community on the one-year anniversary of the Pulse shootings.

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