Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center Jacksonville
Where is it at?
Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center
The Jacksonville Landing
2 Independent Drive
Parking in the Jacksonville Landing parking lot during the week is only $2 for less than 3 hours stay (entry before 4pm). You can find the entrance by driving east from Laura St on Independent Drive, and from the riverfront west of the Hyatt Hotel parking garage.
There is also free metered street parking on weekends and holidays. (Paid meter other times)
Where are we going today?
Man those winches, hoist those sails and get ready to set sail into the fascinating world of Jacksonville's history! The Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center is ready to give the whole family a nautical day out together!
The beautifully laid out Maritime Museum hosts a variety of displays that tell the stories from the present day all the way back to the arrival of the French in 1562. (If you just learnt that fact, that's only the beginning of what you'll learn at the museum!)
The museum makes it fun to learn. There are shop model on display including US Naval destroyers and even a German WWII submarine. There is also an impressive 15ft model of an aircraft carrier, a diploma of a Civl War transport ship, and even a diorama of the now infamous RMS Titanic!
Kids will love the hands-on exhibits, where they can really immerse themselves in the history, as well as a fun play area.
There are some really interesting and unusual artefacts too - such as super old submarine helmets, and original ropes, clocks, and navigational pieces from the years gone by.
There is a great historical section on the city of Jacksonville itself. When you have finished at the museum, imagine what the city was like hundreds of years ago as you walk round later in the day!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsDonations of $3 welcome
- ChildrenDonations of $1 welcome (ages 7-13)
When can we go?
Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 5pm
Closed Monday and Sunday.
There are educational programs for elementary aged school children. Give them a call for more details, but it would make a great addition to any history class. .
There are plenty of places to grab food in Jacksonville before or after your visit! .
Doing our bit
They are dedicated to the history of the oceans, and want to educate all visitors on the stories that are waiting to be told! .
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, just give them a call to see the accessibility.
Can I get one of those?
There are lots of very cool and nautical gifts to buy at their gift shop! Note cards, magnets, prints, shirts, hats....make sure you allow some time to have a browse after you have finished your sailing experience around the museum!.
Donations are tax deductible! So if you had a great time at the museum, they have suggested donation amounts to show how much you loved your experience. .
What people are saying?
by Hazel Ghiotto
This nautical museum is full of hidden historical treasures. A must visit for families when visiting downtown. One important note: As of July 1, 2013 the Maritime Center is only OPEN Tuesday-Saturday - from 11 AM to 5 PM and is CLOSED on Sunday and Monday.
by Mary Way
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