Museums Celebrating Jax History
Learn about Jacksonville’s unique history.
The Ritz Theatre and Museum
History and music share the stage at The Ritz Theatre and Museum, which celebrates the rich legacy of the African-American community in Jacksonville. Located in the LaVilla neighborhood, once known as the "Harlem of the South,” the museum features traveling shows from notable institutions and collections depicting the city's African-American heritage.
Mandarin Museum & Historical Society
Find out what life was like in old Florida with a visit to the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society. Tour restored buildings including a 1875 homestead, post office, and general store. Located within the Walter Jones Historical Park, the grounds feature Harriet Beecher Stowe’s garden,dramatic live oak trees covered in Spanish moss, and a scenic river-front boardwalk.
The Beaches Museum and History Center
Relive the days when the railroad expansion first made Jacksonville beaches a vacation destination for socialites, celebrities, politicians, and gangsters at The Beaches Museum and History Center. Walk along a replica boardwalk and soak in historical tales, including the story of devastating Hurricane Dora.
Jacksonville Fire Museum
The Great Fire of 1901 devastated Jacksonville’s LaVilla neighborhood and left more than 10,000 people homeless. The free Jacksonville Fire Museum is close to the Maritime Heritage Center and displays the original pumps and artifacts from the great fire.
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