Relive Jacksonville’s distinct history by visiting one of our museums celebrating our vast heritage:
1. Beach Museum and Historical Park
Relive the days when railroad expansion made the beaches of Jacksonville a vacation destination for socialites, celebrities, politicians and gangsters alike. Beach Museum and Historical Park. Stroll along a replica boardwalk and soak up historical stories, including the devastating story of Hurricane Dora. Visit the Beach Museum with their online application.
Address: 381 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
2. Jacksonville Historical Society
The Jacksonville Historical Society actively works to preserve many 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 spearheaded the publication of six major books on Northeast Florida history.
Address: 314 Palmetto Street, Jacksonville 32202
3. Mandarin Museum and Historical Society
Discover what life was like in old Florida by visiting the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society. Visit restored buildings including an 1875 farmhouse, post office, and general store. Located in historic Walter Jones Park, the grounds include Harriet Beecher Stowe’s garden, spectacular live oak trees covered in Spanish moss, and a scenic riverside promenade.
Address: 11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223
4. Southern History Museum
This museum in the Avondale neighborhood covers the history of Jacksonville from the Native Americans, the American Revolution, the Civil War and continues to present day history. They are dedicated to historical accuracy in showcasing the Antebellum South lifestyle and culture.
Address: 4304 Herschel Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210
5. The Ritz Theater and Museum
History and music share the stage at The Ritz Theater and Museum, which celebrates the rich heritage of Jacksonville’s African-American community. Located in the LaVilla neighborhood, once known as the “Harlem of the South,” the museum features traveling exhibits from notable institutions and collections illustrating the city’s African-American heritage.
Address: 829 N Davis St, Jacksonville, FL 32202