The Ultimate Jacksonville Museum Guide

  • by Kristen Wagoner
  • May 12, 2020

There’s so much to enjoy in Jacksonville including beautiful art exhibits and museums that will expand your knowledge of the state, world and culture.

Cummer Museum and Arts Gallery

Located in historic Riverside, The Cummer Museum and Arts Gallery is a local favorite! The Cummer is the largest fine arts museum in Northeast Florida and houses over 5,000 works. It’s located on the St. Johns river and features beautiful gardens that are picture perfect.

829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204


Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA)

MOCA Jacksonville has works of art ranging from 1960 to the present, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. With a permanent collection and tons rotating installations there’s always something new to see! 

333 N Laura St, Jacksonville, FL 32202


Museum of Science & History (MOSH)

Located right on the downtown Southbank, MOSH has so much to offer! Whatever your age or interest, there’s always something to see and explore across three levels of exciting exhibits. From interactive exhibits like Currents of Time and Atlantic Tails, native Florida animals in Florida Naturalist’s Center, or to exploring distant galaxies in the planetarium programs, there is truly something for everyone!

1025 Museum Cir, Jacksonville, FL 32207


Beaches Museum

The Jacksonville beach area has a rich history, throw it back with events, exhibits, archives, and more. It’s easy to learn about Jacksonville’s Indigenous history and view local artists' work.

381 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250


James Merrill Museum House Tour

Experience Jacksonville at the turn of the 20th century! The James E. Merrill House, a fully furnished home, depicts life in Jacksonville in 1903. This house, the only one of its kind in Northeast Florida, exemplifies the Queen Ann style of architecture.

Tours will be held by reservation only. Phone the Jacksonville Historical Society office at 904.665.0064, or email [email protected] to get on the list to see this wonderful home.

301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202


Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

Located in historic Springfield, The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscript documents. The archives include Literature, Science, Religion, Political History, and Art. Exhibits are created around a particular theme and rotated every four months. The Museum also serves as an art gallery, showcasing the finest local and regional artists.

101 W 1st St, Jacksonville, FL 32206


Ritz Theatre and Museum

Located in the Historic African-American LaVilla neighborhood in Downtown Jacksonville, The Ritz Theatre was considered the “Harlem of the South”. What was once a movie house now is home to events and 11,000 square feet of exhibits.

829 N Davis St, Jacksonville, FL 32202


Museum of Southern History

The Museum of Southern History was established in 1975 by the Kirby Smith Camp 1209. It includes displays and interprets artifacts relating to the Civil War era, as well as Native Americans, the American Revolution, and current times. It is also home to a 6,000-volume research library including both period and later publications on the American Civil War.

4304 Herschel St., Jacksonville, FL 32210


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