The Brevard Art Museum has become the Foosaner Art Museum, situated in Melbourne, Florida with many outstanding artworks by local, regional, national and international artists being represented here, with rotating exhibitions show here regularly. This excellent museum would be started in 1978, until this past summer of 2011, when it would be merged with the Florida Institute of Technology, after it has received a generous gift from the Foosaner Foundation, in honor of Samuel J. Foosaner; who had been a prominent New Jersey lawyer that would settle in Cocoa, Florida, some thirty miles north of Melbourne. The museum has a fabulous menu of classes available at the center, that include drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, pottery, fused glass or photography. These outstanding classes can be enjoyed for a day, or in the nighttime, and has various classes for children, adults and other interested parties. The museum has many outstanding exhibitions with the next one called; Treasures Revealed: Selections from the Permanent collection that spans twenty centuries and contains just a few items that include; paintings, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts and industrial design. There are two outstanding collections that contain many works and depth, with the first being the Ernst Oppler archive that contains hundreds of the artist's prints and drawings; as well as the Enrique and AnaMaria Conill Mendoza collection of 327 pieces. Parts of these collections are being shown with significant works by 20th century women that include; Louise Nevelson, Alice Aycock, Jennifer Bartlett, Janet Fish, Viola Frey, Miriam Schapiro and Isabel Bishop. Also coming is a fabulous exhibit named Fear and Folly: The Visionary Prints of Francisco Goya and Frederico Castellon, that is sure to surprise and please you and your family. The most efficient way to visit the museum and enjoy the many sites in the area is to rent a car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, that provides the best deals and amenities for your vacation. There are a number of Enterprise locations found in Melbourne, making it very easy to get to one and rent a modern fuel efficient vehicle or whatever you desire, as the Enterprise rental office is able to provide you with any type of vehicle you want.
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The Brevard Zoo sits on fifty magnificent acres in Melbourne, Florida, with 577 animals representing 165 species of animals from Africa, Australia , South America and North America and divided into four loops named; Wild Florida, Expedition Africa, Australia/Asia and La Selva. During 2006 the zoo would install an exhibit with animatronics of dinosaurs that include many named dinos that are quite difficult to spell and would not tell anyone what they are, except that they are ancient dinos that lived here millions of years ago. In 2007, a record 328,973 visitors were welcomed to the zoo. The park areas include; Wildlife Detective Training Academy where younger children will learn about the zoo's reptiles, arthropods, amphibians and a naked mole rat. There are also many interactive activities for the children, like a sand pit, where the kids can learn to dig up bones from an animal crime scene or an animal hospital where they can learn more about the anatomy of animals and veterinary sciences. Expedition Africa provides kayaking on the zoo grounds, with trained staff members leading the trips and giving informative stories about the many animals held here and other African themed displays. Cape to Cairo Express is a train ride that encompasses Lemur Island where the zoo's lemurs are living and in the Australia/Asia area, you'll learn more about the animals from both of those countries, like red kangaroos, emu and wallabies. Wild Florida houses river otters, alligators, bobcats and crocodiles. The La Selva area has jaguars and cottontop tamarins along with golden headed lion tamarins. The easiest way to visit the zoo and see other sights around the city is to visit Enterprise Rent-A-Car where you will get the best deals on rental cars and vehicles.