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Arts & Museums
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.