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Arts & Museums
Funded by the Jacksonville community, the Hands On Children's Museum has been entertaining kids since October 2000. The outside of the castle-shaped building is quite colorful, sure to catch the attention of children. With multiple hands-on exhibits inside, there are interactive activities for kids of all ages. If a birthday is coming up, the museum will pull out all the stops to make your kid's birthday a memorable one. As the museum is a non-profit organization, all donations are tax-free.
Scenic, bustling University of North Florida, with a campus tucked away on a nature preserve off St Johns Bluff and Butler Boulevards, is home to the much-loved University Gallery. It can be found inside Building 002, Founders Hall, and is known for its variety of exhibitions. Works are on display from both regional and national artists, along with those showcased from the Visual Arts Department faculty and students. Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public.
At Koger Gallery & Gardens Museum abundant natural and artificial lighting highlight display cases filled with delicate objects of art featuring Chinese ceramics and Asian culture. The museum's inaugural exhibit, entitled The Chinese Potter: Artists of The Millennia, remains on permanent display. Works by other Chinese painters, as well as some American and English painters, rotate through the museum's collections. Check in with the museum from time to time for special events (such as weekend concerts), when admission may be free.
Located at the southern tip of Jacksonville, this museum is dedicated to promoting Floridian history. Housed inside the historic Walter Jones general store it is an example of a one-story, crossroads country store. On display are artifacts detailing the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, who lived in Mandarin, as well as artifacts and memorabilia recovered from the Maple Leaf, a Union naval ship sunk off Mandarin Point in 1884. Admission is free.
Tucked away in the charming old San Marco district, this spacious, airy, full-service gallery is home to works from regionally and nationally acclaimed artists. Stellers gallery represents more than 30 artists whose work encompasses a wide variety of styles, from realism to impressionism and abstraction. In addition, it sells original works, limited edition lithographs, serigraphs and antique botanicals and illustrations.
Three eclectic women, each with a different skill under her belt, paint San Marco's red with their eccentric art boutique. Their goal is to create "functional pieces of art" and with this in mind, the stores houses many other works of art exclusive of just paintings/work on canvas. Fabric art, beautiful glass bead art, other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased here. They also have art, craft, sewing and knitting classes held intermittently, for more details please contact them.
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.
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.
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.
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