History Museums

Learn about Jacksonville’s extensive history at these unique museums!

Beaches Museum

Look back at Jacksonville's distinct history with a visit to one of our museums celebrating our extensive heritage:

1. Beaches Museum and History Park
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 Park. Walk along a replica boardwalk and soak in historical tales, including the story of devastating Hurricane Dora.
Address: 381 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Website: http://beachesmuseum.org

2. Jacksonville’s Historical Society
The Jacksonville Historical Society works actively to preserve numerous historic buildings, promote education and awareness of our city’s history, and expand the Society’s Archives. As part of its advocacy role in the community, the organization has spearheaded the publication of six major books about northeast Florida’s history.
Address: 314 Palmetto Street, Jacksonville 32202
Website: www.jaxhistory.org

3. 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.
Address: 11964 Mandarin Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32223
Website: www.mandarinmuseum.net

4. Museum of Southern History
This Avondale neighborhood museum covers Jacksonville’s history from the Native Americans, American Revolution, Civil War and continues forward to current history. They are dedicated to historical accuracy in presenting the lifestyle and culture of the Antebellum South.
Address: 4304 Herschel St, Jacksonville, FL 32210
Website: www.museumsouthernhistory.com

5. 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.
Address: 829 N Davis St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Website: www.ritzjacksonville.com

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