3 Museums to Check Out in Jacksonville

Posted by on March 15, 2018

Explore the diverse assortment of museums located in Jacksonville. The variety of historical displays, modern art exhibits, and educational tours offered by this sunny Florida town makes it one the finest cultural destinations in the southeast United States.

Cummer Museum

Image via Flickr by Theme Park Mom

Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum sits on the banks of the St. Johns River and features one of the largest art displays in the area. The museum houses almost 5,000 objects on a permanent basis in addition to regularly highlighting special traveling exhibits. Tour the museum’s 2.5 acres of historic gardens that display examples of 20th-century garden design. Be sure to visit the Cummer Oak, one of the oldest trees in Jacksonville. Hours and admission prices vary, so check the museum’s website for more information.

When planning your visit to Cummer Museum and Jacksonville’s other destinations, choose a hotel near EverBank Field, home of the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Hotels near the stadium provide easy access to the area’s museums as well as many of the other cultural institutions that Jacksonville has to offer. This part of town features a wide variety of shops and restaurants, so you can relax, enjoy a nice dinner, and take advantage of the city’s nightlife after you’ve spent the day exploring Jacksonville’s many intellectual offerings.

Kingsley Plantation

Image via Flickr by RobBixbyPhotography

Kingsley Plantation is part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve managed by the U.S. National Park Service. The plantation is located on Fort George Island. The island’s history spans over 6,000 years, beginning with the Timucuan Indians, but Kingsley Plantation dates back to the plantation era of the 1800s. Visitors are free to explore the grounds, including the plantation house, barn, waterfront, and interpretive garden.

Park rangers lead tours of the plantation and surrounding structures on the weekends. Call ahead for reservations because the tours often fill up quickly. Kingsley Plantation is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Image via Flickr by Michel Curi

The Museum of Contemporary Art, located in downtown Jacksonville, is a private non-profit visual arts institution of the University of North Florida. The museum has one of the largest collections of contemporary modern art in the region. In addition to the 800 pieces the museum houses in its Permanent Collection, the institution also regularly hosts traveling art exhibits. Visitors can view paintings, photographs, and sculptures by world-class visual artists and take advantage of the tours, lectures, and films the museum offers. Kids will enjoy the children’s area and the art-making classes offered on the weekends.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 2 to12. Kids under 2 are free.

Explore Jacksonville’s museums to complete a trip to this northeastern Florida city. While Jacksonville is well-known for its blue skies and sandy beaches, its museums offer unique educational experiences that visitors to the area shouldn’t miss.


You must be logged in to post a comment Login