morse museum

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art houses the most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany found anywhere. One of the leading American Art Museums, it contains Tiffany’s collection of American art pottery and representative collections of late-19th and early-20th century American paintings, graphics and the decorative arts. Founded by Jeannette Genius McKean in 1942 and named for her industrialist grandfather, its collections were built over a half century by Mrs. McKean and her husband, Hugh F. McKean. The complete chapel has been reassembled and is on exhibit at the Morse Museum.

Charles Hosmer Morse, in whose memory the Morse Museum was created, was the grandfather of Jeannette Genius McKean who founded the museum and with her husband, Hugh F. McKean, formed its collection.

From the start of his interest in Winter Park, Morse was deeply concerned that development maintain the charm and grace he found in the town he chose for his permanent home. He gave Winter Park its first town hall but adamantly refused to be acknowledged for it, to the point that he permitted mistaken acknowledgment to go to someone else.