The Whimsy Museum & Lee Family Gardens

Opened Saturday-November 26, 2022


Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1-4 PM

until May 27, 2023


The Whimsy Museum ® & Lee Family Gardens are Open  

We close Holidays and for really awful weather--downpours, tornadoes, hurricanes & high winds
We will be open during intermittent light rain showers. 
Face Masks are now Optional-this is Your Personal Choice. Please be Kind.  Some people may need to wear a mask to protect themselves or their family.

Please consider a $10.00 Donation per person using cash, check, or the really small PayPal button below.  If you have PayPal on your phone, go to Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy and then click on Donations.  Children under 12 are free.  Thank you so much!  

2121 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota,FL 34234


North Parking Lot A (2229 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota) entrance on 22nd Street (the big sculpture garden)
Museum Parking Lot B  The Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy is located at 2121 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 

SOUTH Parking Lot C  (2005 North Tamiami Trail) of the museum entrance on Sylvan Drive (on the waterfront)

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"Tickled pink about our Museum and Gardens"

Orange Flamingo Giant by Fredrick Prescott

"Pigs" by Fred Prescott and "Lace Slipper" by Joe DiMarco



Closed for major holidays

including Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Years, New Years Eve, Good Friday & Easter

We do Not have a Cafe or Retail Store

No food or drink from the outside and No picnicking,  

We are ADA accessible, Please bring your own wheel chair.


No Dogs or Pets Allowed! 

 No emotional support, therapy, comfort or companion animals or dogs allowed in carriers, handbags, backpacks, strollers, a Visitor's  arms or on their neck

No Exceptions! 


 We allow Trained Service Animals that are trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.  No service dogs in training.  

A service animal is not a pet.

To determine the difference between a  trained service animal and a pet, we will ask if what work or tasks the animal has been trained to perform. If the Visitor refuses to answer these questions, then it can be assumed that the animal is NOT a service animal and the animal must leave.

The amimal must be be on the ground, with a leash and under direct control of the Visitor with the Disability at all times.

  If the animal is out of control, growling, snapping, biting, and unable to control it's bodily functions, then the Visitor will be asked to remove the animal. 

the Visitor will be allowed back in, but not the animal. 



The Lee Family Arch

The Lee Family Arch welcomes our visitors with a fascinating archway of sea shells, gems, beads, crystals, stones, pearls, marbles, Mom and Dad's watches, stick pins, earrings, Lee Company lapel pins, tie tacks, and even a minnow. These are actual family momentos and other items that represent the rest of the generous, creative, and supportive family members and friends of Museum Founder and Curator, Marietta Lee; such as her parents, Leighton and Marietta Lee; her five brothers; Aunt Bev; Cousin Newy;  Grandmother and  Grandfather Fagan and Aunt Mary who encouraged her to paint.  This arch was created to honor them and all of the ongoing hard work of the Lee and Fagan Families that made this Museum possible. 

Suggested $10.00  Donation per person, per admission (Children under 12-free).

We are a Private Operating Foundation, 501 (c) 3 non profit organization and your Donations really make a difference! 






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