UNDERWATER MUSEUM OF ART
The Underwater Museum of Art is the first permanent underwater sculpture garden in the U.S. Located in the Gulf of Mexico, off of Walton County, Florida, the museum lies at a depth of 58-feet and at a distance of .93-miles from the shore of Grayton Beach State Park. Each year, a juried selection of sculptural works, drawn from artists throughout the world, is installed in the underwater garden. The sculptures quickly attract a wide variety of marine life and, over time, metamorphize into a living reef. This eco-tourism attraction not only entices art lovers and divers from around the country and around the globe, it provides a much-needed habitat for local marine life and fisheries as well as providing marine scientists, wildlife management professionals, ecologists, and students, with an opportunity to study marine life and measure the impact of artificial reef systems on the Gulf ecosystem.
SUPPORTING OUR GUESTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County makes an ongoing effort to ensure all its programs are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Through the efforts of our Accessibility Committee using ADA self-evaluation, checklists, and guidelines, the CAA is focused on making its programs open and accessible to anyone who would like to participate.
Diving the UMA site is possible with a variety of disabilities, and the CAA will make every effort to connect interested persons with local dive/scuba centers that can provide resources for information, training, and diving. A regularly updated photo and video library can be accessed on the UMA website under the accessibility section. This ensures that all persons regardless of physical limitations or lack of dive certification can visually experience the museum, see its growth into an artificial reef, and witness the wonder of the underwater ecosystem.