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Northeast Florida

 

Amelia Island Museum of History

Visitors to the Amelia Island Museum of History are invited to "Unlock the Past," as they enter the renovated 1935 Nassau County Jail which houses historical objects and archaeological finds. Florida's only spoken history museum highlights the history of the Island of Eight Flags.

Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm - 4 pm. We have docent-led tours Monday through Saturday at 11 am and 2 pm.

For more information, visit ameliamuseum.org.

Appleton Museum of Art

The Appleton is an award-winning contemporary interpretation of classical architecture clad in Italian travertine marble. The 81,610-square-foot museum features 30,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to the Appleton’s permanent collections. The Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery 4,000 square-foot, two-story exhibition gallery, was added in 1996 and a 2,662-square-foot art storage facility was completed in 2009. Galleries in the original building are arranged in a quadrangle which surrounds an interior courtyard and fountain. The museum features a 250-seat auditorium equipped with state-of-the-art sound equipment. Facilities also include three art studio/classroom spaces and courtyard café which can accommodate 150 guests.

For more information, visit AppletonMuseum.org.

Beaches Museum & History Park

Located in Jacksonville Beach, the Beaches Museum & History Park works to preserve and share the distinct history and culture of the Beaches area through an exhibit on beaches history, area’s archives and collections and a park featuring six historic buildings and a historic locomotive. Programs and events are frequently hosted and admission to the Museum is free. Featuring Lana Shuttleworth: Nature Reconstructed.

For more information, visit beachesmuseum.org

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is the largest fine arts museum in Northeast Florida. The Museum was established in 1958, when art collector, garden enthusiast, and civic leader Ninah M.H. Cummer bequeathed her art collection and riverfront home to create a museum. Today, the core collection of 60 pieces from Mrs. Cummer's estate has grown to include more than 5,000 works of art. The 1.5 acres of historic gardens, set against the backdrop of the St. Johns River, serve as a centerpiece of beauty for all to enjoy. Featuring Todd McGrain: The Lost Bird Project, and Fields of Color: The Art of Japanese Printmaking.

For more information, visit cummermusuem.org.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

This is the place to be if you’re visiting the city with kids. With more than 1 million visits each year, the zoo sits at the mouth of the Trout River just north of downtown Jacksonville. Take a train ride or traverse the only walking safari in Northeast Florida to come face-to-face with giraffes, great apes, big cats, and more. Stop and feed the stingrays, watch a 4-D movie, or get wet at Play Park and Splash Grounds. Featuring Dinosauria, March 2 – July 7, with 21 lifelike, animatronic dinosaurs that snarl and move.  

For more information, visit jacksonvillezoo.org.

 

Lightner Museum

The Lightner Museum is located in Henry Flagler's 1888 Alcazar Hotel and now houses the collection of publisher, entrepreneur, and collector Otto Lightner (1887-1950). The stories of Flagler and Lightner set the backdrop for understanding the Museum's vast expanse of Gilded Age relics, which are elegantly exhibited on the museum's three floors. Costumes, furnishings, mechanical musical instruments, and other artifacts give visitors a glimpse into 19th century daily life. Featuring Lightner After Hours, an evening of enlightening conversation, exceptional music, and exquisite cuisine on March 29. 

 For more information, visit lightnermuseum.org.

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville

The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville promotes the discovery, knowledge, and advancement of the art, artists, and ideas of our time. MOCA Jacksonville, a private nonprofit visual arts educational institution and cultural institute of the University of North Florida, serves the community and its visitors through exhibitions, collections, educational programs, and publications designed to enhance an understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art with particular emphasis on works created from 1960 to the present. Featuring the exhibits project Atrium: anila quayyum agha (March 10 – June 24) and ART + POLITICS (March 14 - April 4).

For more information, visit mocajacksonville.unf.edu.

Museum of Science & History

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. Within the walls of MOSH are three levels of exhibits that make science, history, and innovation accessible for all. From interactive, award-winning favorites like Currents of Time and Atlantic Tails to the Florida Naturalist’s Center, which houses animals native to Northeast Florida, there is something for all ages to discover. Indulge your imagination with a science or live animal show, or explore distant galaxies in one of our planetarium programs. When visiting Northeast Florida’s only science and history museum, there is no limit to what you can discover! Featuring MOSH Mondays, Cosmic Concerts, Little Learners activities, and more.

For more information, visit themosh.org.

Ormond Memorial Art Museum

The Ormond Memorial Art Museum invites you to come for an hour and leave inspired! Our 72-year-old art museum and gardens are nestled on the beachside in Ormond Beach. The art exhibitions changes regularly, and our lush garden oasis is always open. Free parking.  $2 per person suggested donation.

Stroll. Discover. Create. Remember.

For more information, visit ormondartmuseum.org.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

Discover New Heights! Come explore maritime archaeology finds, preservation of the oldest city's maritime history through WWII, and an intriguing past with a unique ghost tour in the Lighthouse at night.

Behind the Scenes Tours are included with admission and run on the hour, every hour from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Exhibits include Legends of the Light, Wrecked!, and Artifact Conservation Viewing. 

For more information, visit StAugustineLighthouse.org.