Just as World War II came to an end, one artist with a vision and the people of Ormond Beach worked together to create something magical.
Artist, Malcolm Fraser, offered a collection of his life's work to any town along the east coast of Florida that would create an art museum that paid tribute to veterans. Ormond Beach and her residents rose to the occasion and worked together to create a living monument to creative freedom and equality of all persons, and to commemorate the service of World War I & II veterans who fought valiantly for that ideal.
Citizens raised $10,000 to purchase building materials. The City of Ormond offered the location which housed a charming 1920s office building, and the vision began to take shape.
Returning servicemen from World War II volunteered their time to help build the museum galleries and clear the land for the spectacular Memorial Gardens which embrace the Museum.
Working together, the Ormond Memorial War Memorial Gallery opened its doors in 1946.
While the Museum strives to showcase a variety of orignal artwork, pieces from the Malcolm Fraser collection are always on display free of charge for visitors.
Enjoy original artwork by diverse artists, stroll our garden oasis and pay tribute to veterans. We are located on the beachside in Ormond Beach just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the surrounding Ormond community and grab a bite at more than eight restaurants within a mile after picking up something unique in the museum gift shop.
Our art exhibitions change frequently, and there is always something new to discover in our lush gardens. Two original sculptures honoring veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars are on display in the gardens, and a plaque listing three local residents who gave their lives in World War I is located beneath our American flag pole at the corner of Halifax and Granada Blvd.
A bronze commemorative plaque of all Ormond Beach residents who served in World War II is housed inside the Museum. A selection of spiritual oil paintings from our from our permanent collection by founding artist Malcolm Fraser may be found in the original part of the museum which fronts Granada, in addition to our current exhibitions.
If you have more than an hour, sign up for one of our art classes, garden talks or children’s programs! A trip to the Ormond Memorial Art Museum can include viewing a variety of professional art, strolling through the memorial gardens, reflecting at one of the memorials located on the property or brushing up with a class or educational experience.
Hours: Monday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday & Sunday noon- 4 PM
Gardens open daily, sunrise to sunset
**closed holidays & weekends between exhibitions
Admission: Free, $2 donation requested
Free parking located at the south end of our gardens. Follow the light green sign for “public parking”
The Museum and Gardens are open free of charge seven days a week with free parking. (occasionally closed weekends in between exhibits--view calendar here).
Access to the museum and gardens is convenient with a public transportation bus stop located next to our north entrance, and a handicapped accessible drop off area located next to our south entrance.
The Museum and Garden paths are mobility accessible, and with advance notice of one week, we can often make plans for interpreters in Spanish, French and sign.