Welcome to the Historic Thomas Center

Mission Statement: We create meaningful experiences and a feeling of connection and belonging for all through exceptional programs and services with well-maintained parks, public places, natural resources, and historic sites.

What was once a private residence and hotel is now a cultural events center for the community and surrounding areas of Gainesville, Florida. This Mediterranean Revival-style building is the settling for contemporary art exhibitions multiple restored period rooms and numerous historical exhibits. Its meeting rooms and performance spaces have become sought-after venues for weddings, conferences, and social events. The Thomas Center provides a versatile space that contributes to the cultural, civic and social life of Gainesville.

The Thomas Center is available for bookings for events with limited attendance.

Six artworks by Paul Shortt
“Signs Up Here” features artworks that manifests as signage by nine local and emerging artists. Letterpress, digital design, silkscreen, linoleum block prints, and neon are some of the materials to be seen among the colorful works.

John Ward art
Works by American realist painter, art historian, and UF Professor emeritus John Ward, including large paintings, rarely seen pieces, and new work for this exhibition.

Sometime in 1969, at age 60, Eddy Gallimore Mumma decided to paint. Learn more about this important collection of sixty-seven paintings.