18 Museums & Galleries to Explore

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

Explore the history, science and culture of Jacksonville at one of our many museums.

From arts to history to science and everything in between, we guarantee you will learn something new at our museums year-round! Which museum interests you most? Read below for descriptions of each museum and use the map below to help you get there!

1. Beaches Museum & History Park

Located just across A1A from Jax Beach, experience the history and culture of the beaches at The Beaches Museum and History Park. Travel back to the past with interactive and informative exhibits that display the deep history of the Beaches community.

2. Clara White Mission/Eartha M.M. White Museum

The Clara White Mission was founded in 1904 by Clara English White, a former slave, who was moved to advocate for the poor. The Clara White Museum serves as a memorial to Clara White and her daughter Dr. Eartha White, showcasing the lives and careers of these two women and their impact on Jacksonville's community.

3. Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Located in the historic Riverside neighborhood, The Cummer Museum houses over 5,000 works of art spanning 8,000 years including significant European and American paintings and a renowned Meissen porcelain collection. Visitors can also tour the beautiful formal gardens overlooking the St. Johns River.

4. Durkeeville Historical Society

Durkeeville was a community founded in the 1930s for African Americans during the period of racial segregation. The Durkeeville Historical Society has created exhibits of materials and historical artifacts from the community to tell the story of Durkeeville..

5. Fort Caroline National Memorial

Located along the banks of the St. Johns River, Fort Caroline is a National Memorial that showcases the history of the first French settlement in Florida in the sixteenth century.

6. HandsOn Children's Museum

The Hands On Children's Museum creates an interactive learning environment for kids of all ages through creativity, problem-solving, role-playing and more.

7. Jacksonville Historical Society James Merrill Museum

The James E. Merrill Museum House depicts life in Jacksonville in 1903 by showcasing how middle-class families lived in that time.

8. Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

The Karpeles Manuscript Library serves to preserve and educate the manuscripts of great authors, philosophers and leaders. This is one of nine Karpeles Museums across the country, each committed to sharing original manuscript exhibits to their community.

9. Kingsley Plantation

The Kingsley Plantation, located within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, is the site of a former estate owned by Zephaniah Kingsley and Jacksonville's oldest home. Visitors can tour the estate and the 23 slave cabins located on the plantation.

10. Mandarin Museum & Historical Society

The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society serves to preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of Mandarin by managing the Mandarin Museum and four historic 19th century buildings in Walter Jones Historical Park, as well as the 1911 Mandarin Store and Post Office. Learn about Harriet Beecher Stowe's life in Mandarin, the Maple Leaf, a National Historic Landmark Civil War shipwreck, and visit a one-room schoolhouse that was built for Black children in 1898. Then take a stroll through the 10 acre park and boardwalk and enjoy views of the beautiful St. Johns River.

11. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville

With more than 1,000 pieces in its permanent collection, MOCA Jacksonville encompasses one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the Southeast. View paintings, installations, prints, sculpture, and photography by some of the biggest names in the visual arts.

12. Museum of Science & History (MOSH)

Located on on Downtown's beautiful Southbank, the Museum of Science & History brings thousands of years of Northeast Florida’s cultural and ecological history to life. Featuring interactive exhibits and the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, the largest single-lens planetarium in the world!

13. Norman Studios

Founded in 1916 as Eagle Film City and later purchased by Richard E. Norman in 1921, Norman Studios is Jacksonville's only surviving silent film studio complex. The studio is located in Jacksonville's Old Arlington neighborhood, and is striving to drive education, research and tourism to the film industry. Open by appointment only.

14. Ritz Theatre and Museum

The Ritz Theatre and Museum is located in the LaVilla neighborhood of Downtown, considered "the mecca for African American culture and heritage" in Florida. The Theater was once a movie house for black families. It now houses a museum for Jacksonville’s African American History.

15. The Ribault Club

Located on Fort George Island, The Ribault Club is a waterfront location with beautiful views perfect for a public or private event.

16. The USS Adams Museum

The USS Adams Museum will be Florida's first naval warship museum. The plan is to house this decomissioned warship in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. Coming soon to Jacksonville.

17. Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

Experience the history and nature of Jacksonville at the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, with thousands of acres of woods, water and marsh, it is a place for families, childrens, schools and individuals looking to get in touch with nature.

18. Tree Hill Nature Center

Hands-on education of nature, animals, plants & trails can be found at the Tree Hill Nature Center.