History, Arts & Culture

Jacksonville is a Top Arts Destination in the nation.

Jacksonville’s history, arts and cultural community shines bright with stand-out museums, boutique galleries, and performing arts galore. Experience a unique blend of festivals, live music, art events, and exhibitions.

As a melting pot of cultures and races since 1564, Jacksonville is proud of its vast heritage and culture, and eager to welcome new visitors to discover it!

Art and history are an everyday/everywhere occurrence in Jax and you can experience it in our hip historic neighborhoods, in Downtown through our active Art in Public Spaces Program, at one of our Jacksonville Symphony concerts, at our Jacksonville Jazz Festival, during our numerous street fairs and craft markets, and inside our thought provoking world-class museums, some of the most visited in the Southeast. This vibrant mix of old southern charm, and modern Florida flair, make Jacksonville one of the Top Art Cities in the Southeast.

So, make sure to stop, look around you, and experience the culture of the city everywhere you go. Local, national and international artists have left their mark all over Jacksonville while drawing inspiration from our river, our beaches, our many natural wonders and our long list of outstanding residents.

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Museums

18 Museums & Galleries to Explore

Visit our museums and galleries for inspiration, interactive exhibits, and hours of fun.

Live Theater

Live Theater

Jacksonville's theatre scene is thriving!

Concert at everbank

Music in Jacksonville

Jacksonville is the birthplace of Southern rock and home to a strong tradition of jazz, blues, and classical music.

Art Walk

Monthly Art Events in Jacksonville

Our arts calendar is packed with regular events including open gallery tours, Broadway theater productions, crafty marketplaces, and more!

Art in Jacksonville

Explore the local art around town or attend one of our public art events throughout the year! Jacksonville boasts a thriving arts scene.

Downtown Skyline

Architecture in Jacksonville

Downtown Jacksonville’s iconic historic buildings tell the real story of Jax, one of the most progressive cities at the turn of the last century.

Jacksonville Area History

Learn how Jacksonville’s history and development are linked to its beautiful climate, abundant natural resources, and ocean and river trade access.

African American Heritage Trail

Brave, innovative African Americans have paved the history of Jacksonville and are featured on Florida’s Heritage Trail.

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