Art & Museums

Arts and Museums in Jacksonville

Art and Museums to go in Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s arts and cultural community shines bright with stand-out museums, boutique galleries and performing arts galore. World-renowned artistic geniuses meld with an explosion of local artists, creating a blend of museums, festivals and performing arts.

The Jacksonville cultural scene is growing for both residents and visitors to enjoy. For art and culture events in Jacksonville, visit our events calendar.

Beaches Fine Art Series
  • Beaches Fine Arts Series
  • Address: 416 12th Avenue North
    Jacksonville Beach Florida, 32250
  • Phone: (904)388-7088
  • Website: www.beachesfinearts.org

In 1972, the Beaches Fine Arts Series began offering the people of the Jacksonville Metropolitan area the chance to enjoy world class music and dance in 8 free performances annually. The stunning structure of St. Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal Church in Jacksonville Beach is the setting for the majority of our concerts. However, we bring our extraordinary artists to downtown Jacksonville at various venues at least once per season for our annual “Beach Meets West!” program, introducing a wider audience to our unique series. Our programming encompasses an eclectic blend of styles from classical to contemporary, from jazz to world music and dance, from traditional to avant-garde.

Doing Dishes Pottery Studios
  • Doing Dishes Pottery Studios
  • Address: 5619 San Jose Blvd.
    Jacksonville FL 32207
  • Phone: (904)388-7088
  • Website: www.doingdishes.com

At Doing Dishes Pottery Studios, we believe that painting pottery and fusing glass should be fun and relaxing. We are very family friendly studios with a warm atmosphere and a welcoming smile.

We have over three hundred pieces of bisque to choose from and plenty of stamps, stencils, and idea books to help you create your perfect, personal design. Once you complete your piece, it will be dipped in a clear glaze and fired in one of our on-site kilns. Your pieces will be ready to pick up in 1 week.

You do not need a class or a reservation! It's that easy!

Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Address: 333 North Laura Street
    Jacksonville, FL, 32202
  • Phone: (904) 366-6911Fax: (904) 366-6901
  • Website: www.mocajacksonville.org

The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville explores contemporary culture and builds community through visual art.

Island Art Association
  • The Island Art Association
  • Address: 18 North 2nd Street
    Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
  • Phone: (904) 261-7020
  • Website: www.islandart.org

The Island Art Association is a non-profit cooperative of local artists in Fernandina Beach and Nassau County, Florida whose goal is to further the arts and fine art education.

St.Augustine Art Association
  • St.Augustine Art Association
  • Address: 22 Marine Street
    St. Augustine, FL 32084-4438
  • Phone: (904) 824-2310/ FAX:(904)824-0716
  • Email: staart@bellsouth.net
  • Website: www.staaa.org

The St. Augustine Art Association has been promoting excellence in the arts since 1924. Located in the Historic District of the nation's oldest city, the Association produces monthly juried exhibits of works by emerging and professional artists as well as the annual Thanksgiving Art & Craft Festival. The art gallery serves as the community's cultural hub, housing a collection of "Lost Colony" art and providing a gathering place for workshops, lectures, children's programs, concerts and special events.

Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts
  • Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts
  • Address: 283 College Drive,
    Orange Park, FL 32065
  • Box Office: (904) 276-6750/Main-line:(904)276-6815
  • Email: boxoffice@sjrcc.edu
  • Website: www.thcenter.org

Professional theater, dance, and music performances as well as visual art exhibits. Offers educational presentations for schools.

Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
  • Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
  • Address: 300 West Water Street,
    Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Phone: (904) 633-6110
  • Website: www.jaxevents.com

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University of North Florida Fine Arts Center
  • University of North Florida Fine Arts Center
  • Address: 1 UNF Drive,
    Jacksonville, FL 32224
  • Box Office: (904) 620-2878
  • Website: www.unf.edu/fineartscenter

The Fine Arts Center is one of northeast Florida’s largest performing arts venues with three unique stages — The Lazzara Performance Hall, The Recital Hall and the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Theater. The Center serves a dual purpose: to enhance the academic programs on campus and to complement the cultural offerings within Jacksonville. Both short and long term artist residencies engage students at UNF across colleges and disciplines and provide opportunities for in-classroom interaction. We host an eclectic mix of world-class performers, entertainers, ethnic music and dance, cutting-edge performances, and children’s programming. The Center is a vibrant community of artists, students and audiences with events spanning all performing arts disciplines, workshops, lectures, corporate training seminars, social events and receptions.

Pottery Works Inc.

Birthday parties, ceramics, art classes.

Planet Pottery Inc.

Looking for a new way to let your creativity shine? Or are you looking for that unique gift for someone special? Maybe you just want to unwind and relax! Come make time for yourself at Planet Pottery, Inc. We offer a wide variety of unfinished pottery to choose from, including: dinnerware, mugs, serving pieces, pet bowls, kitchen accessories, vases, and many other decorative items. We also have MOSAICS!!! Mosaic pieces include: picture frames, plaques, mirrors, vases and candle holders.

Alexander Brest Museum & Gallery

The Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery is an art museum in Jacksonville, Florida. It is a part of and located inside the campus of the Jacksonville University. Managed by the Jacksonville University’s Department of Visual Arts, the Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery presents an interesting collection of fine arts pieces. It aims to enlighten and entertain both novices and art enthusiasts with a wide array of works that are mostly made of specialty materials. The Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery presents a diverse collection of decorative arts in porcelains, ceramics, sculpture, prints, and paintings. They have some items that date back to the 3000 BC to 1500 AD. They also have Chinese porcelain, as well as glassware, Boehm porcelain, and Ivory pieces on display.

Amelia Island Museum of History
  • Amelia Island Museum of History
  • Address: 233 S. Third Street
    Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
  • Phone: (904)261-7378
  • Email: info@ameliamuseum.org
  • Website: www.ameliamuseum.org

We are the first spoken history museum in the state of Florida. We continue our story-telling tradition with a variety of tours that cater to many interests and age levels. Walking Tours and Docent-Led Museum Tours are scheduled regularly. Alternate tour times may be arranged for groups of four or more by contacting our Tour Coordinator.

Authentic Old Jail

Explore the sheriffs quarters where he and his wife lived adjacent to 72 prisoners. Guests can visit the male and female cells, maximum security area and see a large collection of used weapons.

Clay County Historical Society

The mission of the Clay County Historical Society is to preserve the heritage of Clay County through the collection, preservation, and display of artifacts and historical material; by maintaining a museum; and by conducting activities which, for the education and enjoyment of the community, promote awareness of this heritage.

Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum

A visit today to the Taberna de Gallo, known locally simply as the taberna, or tavern, will take you back to 1740 as you sit back, relax, and enjoy a unique selection of draft and bottled beer or one of the Spanish wines or sangria, and Boylans or Jarritos sodas. It is truly the only tavern of its kind in St. Augustine.

Florida Heritage Museum

At the St Augustine History Museum, a combination of historical displays and private collections bring over 400 years of Florida history to life. Guests can visit the Spanish sunken treasure room, a Timucan Indian Village and a Florida Cracker trading post.

G. Howard Bryan Museum of Southern History

The Museum of Southern History was established to maintain and perpetuate an educational facility for those who are interested in the history of the United States, its early problems and difficulties in becoming the Nation it is today. The museum is dedicated to historical accuracy in presenting the lifestyle and culture of the Antebellum South, a unique civilization, misunderstood by many, belittled and misrepresented by some, but deeply revered by the grateful descendants of the brave men and women whose sacrifices and dedication to a cause that created a chapter in our nation’s history that is unmatched. Special attention is given to the education of young people as groups of school children are given basic education in our nation’s history in the hope that they will better understand and perhaps develop an interest in learning more about their history.

Government House Museum

Government House located at 48 King St., is a stately Georgian Style stone mansion facing the 410-year old Plaza in the center of St. Augustine and occupies the site that throughout the colonial period (1565-1821) housed the residence and office of the colonial governors of Florida. The east wing of the present structure dates from 1710, when it was rebuilt following British destruction of the city in 1702. During the American Revolutionary War period (1763-1784), the British governors of East Florida ruled the loyal colony from this building, which was the scene of especially lavish parties under Governor James Grant.

Jacksonville Fire Museum
  • Jacksonville Fire Museum
  • Address: 1406 Gator Bowl Boulevard
    Jacksonville, FL 32202-1310
  • Phone: (904)630-0618
  • Website: www.jacksonvillefiremuseum.com

At The Jacksonville Fire Museum, you will see more than 500 items detailing the history of the fire service not only in Jacksonville, but the entire state of Florida. Exhibits include photos from the Great Fire of 1901, a fully-restored 1902 American LaFrance horse-drawn fire engine, and a working 1926 American LaFrance fire engine.

Jacksonville Historical Society
  • Jacksonville Historical Society
  • Address: 1015 Museum Circle ,
    Jacksonville, FL 32207-9006
  • Phone: (904) 398-4301
  • Website: www.jaxhistory.com

In the spring of the year 1929, a small group of Jacksonville citizens met to discuss the organization of a local historical society. In order to stimulate interest, invitations were sent to several hundred Jacksonville residents thought by the group promoting the plan to be interested in local history, inviting them to become charter members of the organization. These invitations stated that the name of the organization would be The Jacksonville Historical Society, and that the first meeting would be held in the Carling (later the Roosevelt) Hotel on May 3, 1929, at 8:30 p.m. All who joined the Society at or before that meeting would be deemed charter members. Similar invitations were extended to all interested persons, through the local newspapers.

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
  • Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
  • Address: 101 West 1st Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32206-4929
  • Phone: (904) 356-2992
  • Website: www.rain.org/~karpeles

The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents.The archives include Literature, Science, Religion, History and Art. Among the treasures are .... "

Lightner Museum

Relics of America's Gilded Age are elegantly exhibited on the museum's three floors. Costumes, furnishings, mechanical musical instruments and other artifacts give you a glimpse into 19th century daily life. The Lightner collection includes beautiful examples of cut glass, Victorian art glass and the stained glass work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Museum of Science & History

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history.

Potter's Wax Museum

Potter's Wax Museum is America's first and finest wax museum located in historic St. Augustine, Florida.

Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum

Whether visiting the museum, attending a concert, viewing a film or listening to a lecture, the Ritz has a special energy that leaves you with a special feeling. There is always an exhibition, music, dance or the dramatic arts inside the Ritz that will enthrall, educate and entertain.