5 Best Jacksonville Museums

Posted by Krista Fracke on Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 2:54pm.


When it’s raining outside and you can’t hit the beach, what better place to go than the museum? Luckily for you, there are so many great ones in Jacksonville!

The Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens

With a very impressive art collection of nearly 5,000 objects, plus 2.5 acres of historic gardens, the Cummer Museum is definitely a must-visit when in Jacksonville. Not just exhibits, they have many events for people of all ages, including adult classes and children’s workshops. Exploring on your own or with a guided tour, you’ll learn so much about what the museum has to offer. The Family Guide Garden Tour is a favorite or you could do a docent tour and luncheon for your group of more than 10. It is also an amazing place to hold a wedding or special event.

Museum of Science & History

A very unique experience, tickets are priced affordably for all members of the public. Kids will love some of the amazing exhibits and adults will marvel at the artwork on display. The signature exhibits are collaborative and community-based partnerships displayed to highlight current topics and research. Many of the core exhibits are interactive and, in a word, fun, but still a great learning experience. The Kidspace will let kids explore all on their own and the space science gallery will have visitors awestruck.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Exhibits change frequently and there are weekly events at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Now a downtown destination, MOCA had a humble start as a simple art society. Kids can learn so much at MOCA and there are a number of programs, like Art Fusion and Art Camp, to inspire a love of the arts in Jacksonville’s children. Art Aviators is a very special program designed for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder to help them discover new ways to communicate and express themselves.


Hands On Children’s Museum

Shhh…. Don’t tell the kids they’re learning at the Hands On Children’s Museum. They are too busy having fun. With a very affordable $4/$5.50 admission, kids will participate in “hands on” discovery while learning about tv and radio, fire and emergency, and they can even shop and ring up their own groceries.

Mandarin Museum

Sharing stories and exhibits based on the “Mandarin Experience”, this museum is a unique stop in Jacksonville. Located on the St. John’s River in the Walter Jones Historical Park, you’ll feel like you are in old Florida. They’ve currently got a WW1 exhibit happening and you’ll learn about farming, timber and citrus – all the beginnings of this historic area.

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