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6802 Commonwealth Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32254
Phone: (904) 781-6000
Fax: (904) 781-2784
Arts & Museums
R. Roberts Gallery offers fine art, sculpture and professional framing services. Such well-known artists as Mackenzie Thorpe and Frederick Hart are featured, and the gallery boasts a large collection of sculptures by Hart. Local artists' works are also on display in a separate gallery. Custom-framing professionals can help you choose from more than 1000 frames and give you some nifty ideas on unusual framing of your treasured artwork. Contact the gallery for information on upcoming events.
This pleasant gallery features a wide range of artwork from contemporary to traditional art and prints from local, national and international artists. The Venice Collection features the work of Louise Freshman Brown, Larry Wilson, Bob Fagin, Alynne Sharp and others. The gallery also stocks one of the largest lines of designer moldings in north Florida. You will find this gem of a gallery south of the historic Riverside neighborhood in Jacksonville, just two blocks from Roosevelt Boulevard.
This small but informative 25-year old museum, located minutes from I-10 off US 17, celebrates both the history and culture of daily life in the South during the 19th century. At the Museum of Southern History there are artifacts and memorabilia from the Civil War, and from everyday Southern life, politics and fashion. Friendly staff can assist visitors who are interested in tracing the genealogy of Southern families, leading you through the extensive research library that features more than 3,000 volumes. A spectacular assortment of original military items is on sale in the museum's gift shop, called The Florida Depot.
Pedestrian Gallery focuses on contemporary art and features Southeastern US artists. It sponsors numerous shows and exhibits and helps local artists establish careers. In addition, the gallery promotes education in the visual arts with its Regional Artist Workspace (RAW), a center that holds monthly classes on everything from drawing and painting to bookbinding and portfolio review, along with art programs for kids. It is a great way to appreciate the variety of local and regional artwork.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.