1000 Water Street Jacksonville, FL 32204 +1 904 630 4000
This impressive building with 42-foot high Doric columns, 75-foot barrel-vaulted ceilings and handsome marble floors was once the nation's largest railway station. Restored and renovated, it now hosts meetings and conventions of varying sizes, including traveling shows, corporate and charity events. The 265,000 square feet (24619.3 square meters) of space boasts fully equipped kitchens and banquet facilities that can serve up to 3,000, with 22 separate rooms able to accommodate groups of up to 1,000. Plenty of lodging is close by, as well as a variety of dining and entertainment facilities at Jacksonville Landing.
Locals know all about the Morocco Shrine Auditorium as it is home to some of their favorite events and get-togethers. Located across the street from the University of North Florida off St Johns Bluff and Butler Boulevards, it is easily accessible from any part of town. A number of local events occur here including beer festivals, computer expos, craft shows and assorted club meetings open to the public. More than 28,000 square feet of rent space includes a dance floor or stage, if needed. The auditorium is home of the local chapter of the Shriners organization. Call for timings and more information on upcoming events.
2141 Park Street Jacksonville, Florida 32204 +1 904 381 8844
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.
Black Heritage Trail honors the African-Americans who have made a significant impact on state and regional history, mapping a trail of historic sites in both Duval and St Johns counties. Among the sites are American Beach in Amelia Island, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, Catherine Street Fire Station No.3, Centennial Hall, Kingsley Plantation State Historic Site, Masonic Temple Building, Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church, Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church and more. Other tour sites are available in St. Augustine. Call for further details and directions.
1015 Museum Circle Unit 2 Jacksonville, FL 32207 +1 904 398 9011
Jacksonville Maritime Museum 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.
At Koger Gallery & Gardens Museum abundant natural and artificial lighting highlight display cases filled with delicate objects of art featuring Chinese ceramics and Asian culture. The museum's inaugural exhibit, entitled The Chinese Potter: Artists of The Millennia, remains on permanent display. Works by other Chinese painters, as well as some American and English painters, rotate through the museum's collections. Check in with the museum from time to time for special events (such as weekend concerts), when admission may be free.
4304 Herschel Street Jacksonville, FL 32210 +1 904 388 3574
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.
2800 University Boulevard North Jacksonville, FL 32211 +1 904 745 7375
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.
1840 Perry Place Jacksonville, FL 32207 +1 904 306 2200
Take a trip in the spirit of Mark Twain and the American frontier on an old-time paddle boat tour up the historic St Johns River. This authentic stern-wheeler has a fully shaded upper deck to view the broad river as the earliest Florida pioneers did. Private charters, complete with refreshments and entertainment, can accommodate up to 150 people. Annabelle Lee can also host your dream tailgate party to and from the Jacksonville Jaguars home games. Call them for more information on ticket prices and private cruises.
101 West First Street Jacksonville, FL 32206 +1 904 356 2992
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.
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