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Arts & Museums
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.
Located off Main Street in Downtown Jacksonville, Karpeles Manuscript Library is billed as the world's largest holding of historical documents on literature, medicine, science, music and anthropology. Rare books and documents, some a century old, are on display here to the public. This library has seven different locations throughout the country, so it frequently rotates its historical exhibits before returning them to the archive. You can visit again and again without seeing the same documents twice.
Located beside the historic Ritz Theater, Ritz Museum occupies a space of approximately 11,000 square feet and is comprised of a collection of artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia that portrays the importance of the African-American culture of the region. The region of LaVilla was once dubbed as the 'Harlem of the South,' and a visit to the museum would help you better understand why by taking you through the collections under the permanent exhibit called "Lifting Every Voice in LaVilla." The title of the exhibit refers to a hymn composed by Jacksonville natives James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson. Call or visit their website to know more.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is among the most famous contemporary art museums in the country. This huge Jacksonville complex is home to many temporary as well as permanent exhibits along with the variety of cultural activities and events it hosts. It offers an in-house diner, Cafe Nola, that serves continental delicacies to ensure you don't let hunger pangs keep you from appreciating some of the finest contemporary art Florida has to offer.
Norman Studios, the brainchild of film-maker Richard Norman, is the one of the few silent film studio complexes left in the world. Comprising five, once derelict, wooden buildings, these studios were the place where great ideas that lend to the making of motion pictures were put forth. Films made at this studio were pioneers in their own right as African-American actors were cast in rare positive roles. This site attempts to showcase Florida's contribution in the development of the silent motion film industry. Currently, it is undergoing major face-lift and renovations, so check the website for updates.
The Jacksonville Fire Museum houses as many as five hundred artifacts that aid in telling the story of Jacksonville's numerous trysts with the element of fire. It houses the equipment used to quench the City Fire of 1901. In the present day, the museum also participates in the Safe City Program that enables visitors to learn how to go about using their knowledge of fire safety, 911 and medical information. For organized tours of groups of 10 or more, do make sure to contact them beforehand.
Nicknamed MOSH, this museum overlooks the St. Johns River and is near Downtown Jacksonville. Great fun and an educational experience for the whole family, it comes with its own planetarium. Exhibits include marine life, native Florida wildlife, local history, and the Holozone, full of interactive games and simulator rides. In addition, classroom activities and planetarium programs allow for hands-on, interactive fun. Don't miss The Living Room, MOSH's animal exhibit.
Located inside Jacksonville Museum of Science and History, it offers regular shows for the whole family focusing on our solar system. Famed summertime Cosmic Concerts combine laser light shows with music ranging from classic rock to modern pop. Admission is free with paid admission to the Museum of Science and History. Originally named the Alexander Brest Planetarium, but after the Henry and Lucy Gooding Endowment and the Bryan family made a gift of nearly half a million dollars to the Museum, the planetarium was officially renamed the Bryan Good Planetarium in the Alexander Brest Science Theater
Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center overflows with exhibits dedicated to nautical history, particularly that relating to the St. Johns River and the Port of Jacksonville. Browse through the artifacts from the Civil War and models of the Titanic, Florida's famous tugboat - The Three Friends, sailing ships and steamboats. A small gift shop sells an assortment of nautically themed collectibles and gifts. Volunteer help is always needed.
Who says learning can't be fun? The Jacksonville Historical Center has all manner of fun, hands-on interactive exhibits and films, relating to Jacksonville's rich history. Explore the past from the Native American Timucuan Indians, the region's original settlers, to the role played by the US Navy in the growth of the city, all the way to the present as Jacksonville enters a new millennium as a top-tier city. The small museum is located at Riverwalk close to downtown and I-95. Admission is free.
This gallery is located inside the Reddi Arts shop off Hendricks Avenue. It features an eclectic range of two and three-dimensional works in a variety of media by local artists. If you are an art collector or art lover, head to the gallery to witness budding artists. The gallery is known to play host to the work of local artists as well as students. This is said to be the hub of all budding local artists.
Opened in 1961, this museum and art education center has handsome gardens with fragrant blooms, and peaceful, winding walkways. The permanent collection at Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens focuses on the history of art with exhibits spanning the eras from ancient times to the 20th century. Temporary exhibits are also presented throughout the year. The museum is located off I-95, and approximately five minutes from downtown.