The 5 Best Museums In Jacksonville

Photo of Kelly Bradshaw
9 February 2017

Known for its vast array of history, culture and arts, Jacksonville is home to a distinctive variety of tourist attractions. To understand more about the history behind Jacksonville, read on. Below is a list of the best museums in the large city of North Eastern Florida.

The Cummer Museum Gardens | © Erin Murphy/Flickr

Cummer Museum

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Promising to engage and inspire visitors through the arts, gardens and education, Cummer Museum offers dynamic learning experiences through displaying a range of wonderful artefacts and artwork. Located in the historic riverside area of Jacksonville, Cummer Museum overlooks two and a half acres of wonderful historic gardens and is situated on the banks of the St. Johns river. Combining fantastic education, beautiful arts and gardens, Cummer Museum has much to offer. Price: budget Opening hours: Tues 10am-9pm, Wed-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12pm-4pm Watch out for: pieces of art deriving from 2100 B.C.

Museum of Science & History

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Bringing to life the sciences and regional history, the Museum of Science & History provides an interactive learning experience for everyone. Home to a spectacular range of artefacts and hosting a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, the Museum of Science & History demonstrates innovation and creativity. This highly renowned museum also showcases an array of intriguing artwork produced by local artists. Price: budget Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm Watch out for: a range of travelling and signature exhibits 1025 Museum Cir, Jacksonville

Museum of Contemporary Art

Showcasing a spectacular range of modern artwork, the Museum of Contemporary Art is ideal for tourists who wish to discover a greater sense of Jacksonville’s culture. Also home to a shop offering visitors the opportunity to buy a range of lovingly made handcrafted gifts, jewellery, and a selection of contemporary art books, the Museum of Contemporary Art ensures that visitors leave with authentic memoirs. The museum also hosts a variety of intriguing exhibitions throughout the year, creating the perfect environment for lovers of modern art.

Price: budget

Opening hours: Tues-Wed 11am-5pm, Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

Watch out for: Café Nola, which provides a range of tasty bites

333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, +1 904 366 6911

Jacksonville Fire Museum

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Inviting many visitors over the years, Jacksonville Fire Museum bears a rich history and serves to provide visitors with an educational link between the past and present. Giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, Jacksonville Fire Museum is the ideal place to visit for those who wish to learn more about the city’s local history. Home to a range of rare artefacts, Jacksonville Fire Museum is sure to provide tourists with an unforgettable experience. Price: budget Opening hours: Tues-Sat 9am-4pm Watch out for: the antique hand pumper on display 1406 Gator Bowl Boulevard, Jacksonville

Lavilla Museum

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Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum
Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum | © amateur photography by michel/Flickr
Constructed in 1999, LaVilla Museum is located inside the Ritz Theatre, and offers collections of Jacksonville’s historic African American community of La Villa. Embarking on a mission to research, record and preserve the material and artistic culture of African American life in north-east Florida and the African Diaspora, LaVilla Museum bears an impressive reputation and is an incredibly distinctive establishment. Revealing the community’s rich heritage, LaVille Museum is certain to impress its visitors with its demonstration of knowledge and culture. Price: budget Opening hours: Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm Watch out for: Amateur Night every Friday, which hosts a variety of musical talents with the opportunity to win cash prizes 829 North Davis Street, Jacksonville

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