Comfort Suites Oceanview, Amelia Island
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Phone: (904) 261-0193
Fax: (904) 261-4501
Arts & Museums
Spanning an impressive 4,000 years of the barrier island's past, the Amelia Island Museum of History takes you on a journey back in time with help from spellbinding narrations, lectures and walking tours of the historic district. Numerous artifacts of both land and marine archaeology are on display, detailing the island's occupation under eight different flags. The Historic District tour is by appointment only.
Beautiful paintings and creative sculptures await your attention at this gallery, which is conveniently located on Center Street in beautiful downtown Fernandina Beach, on scenic Amelia Island. A co-op gallery of Nassau County artists, this attractive collection features a variety of mixed media works, from watercolors and acrylics to pottery, stained glass and woodcuts. Works from more than 52 artists are on display and there is no charge for admission.
Just a short drive north of Jacksonville in southern Georgia, you'll learn more about the history of these underwater crafts, including the history of submarine use in the United States, all here at St. Mary's. The museum displays a large collection of memorabilia, military models, photos, and even a maritime library. Browse through the gift shop for hats, shirts, gifts and submarine patches. Children under age 6 are admitted free. Tour times vary according to group size. Call for details.
From military uniforms, artillery and artifacts from the last battle of the War of 1812 to displays of the luxurious lifestyles of the Carnegies of New York, their family and friends at their winter retreat and 59-room mansion called Dungeness on Cumberland Island. The museum also exhibits how early Native Americans and African Americans lived in the area. This museum is a treasure of an attraction regarding the history and development of St. Marys and Cumberland Island. There is a small gift shop with books, guides and other memorabilia regarding the town. Admission is free and there is on-site parking. - Natasha Lawrence
A 45-minute boat ride from historic St. Marys aboard the Cumberland Queen will take you to the Gilded Age of the wealthy Carnegie family and 59-room Dungeness, their 1880s winter retreat. Forty square miles of beaches, salt marshes, bike trails, a camp ground, a maritime forest, historic buildings and about 150 feral horses draw thousands of visitors each year. Maintained by the National Park Service, guided tours of the grounds are included with the admission fee. The Sea Camp Ranger Station offers a children's program on ecology, wildlife and island history. Bring a picnic lunch, water and a camera.
Located in the Phillips Fine Art Building on the campus of Jacksonville University, Alexander Brest Museum offers a fabulous collection of decorative art and artifacts. Lovely Steuben Glass is featured with the Tiffany Collection of glassware, and Chinese porcelain and cloisonné from the 18th century. Works by students, faculty and other artists are displayed in the Premier Gallery. Give the museum a call for more information on special events and traveling exhibits.