Atlantic Beach: From the Continental to a Coastal Community


Fri 03-03-17


Sun 06-11-17

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The Beaches Museum will open its next history exhibit, “Atlantic Beach: From the Continental to a Coastal Community”, Friday, March 3, 6 p.m.


The Museum is proud to host an exhibit showcasing the fascinating history of Atlantic Beach. The exhibit was originally on display at the Adele Grage Cultural Center in December 2016 as a celebration of the City’s 90th anniversary.  Since that time, contributions ranging from Harcourt Bull’s original business documents to record albums and photos of a regular singer at Le Chateau have been contributed to the Museum for display.


ABCC-turtle-logo-final-MED-cmyk.jpgHosting national golf tournaments, weathering infamous storms, and preserving sites filled with local nature and history, Atlantic Beach has made a name for itself. Join local leaders, Museum supporters, and interested community members for an Opening Night Reception on March 3, 2017 from 6-8 p.m.  Drinks and light appetizers will be served.


This exhibit made possible by our Presenting Sponsor, Atlantic Beach Country Club; as well as our Supporting Sponsors, The Bull Family and Chao Framing!

Island Reflections




Sun 02-26-17

front-of-mailer-snipIn a continued celebration of local artists, the Beaches Museum & History Park is proud to present the works of Gary Mack, Linda Olsen, and William Meyer in its upcoming exhibit “Island Reflections”.

Join all three artists Friday, December 2 from 6-8 p.m., for the first look at “Island Reflections”. All artwork will be available for purchase, just in time for the holidays!

Mack draws inspiration from the colors of nature, and places around the world he has visited. He prefers to paint using oil, acrylic, and watercolor and has created beautiful works of locations and scenes immediately familiar to locals.

A professional photographer by trade, Olsen specializes in weddings and portraits. She is also an accomplished painter; most of her paintings are related to ocean and beach landscapes as a result of her love of the sea.

As a member of The International Decorative Artisans League, Meyer focuses on aesthetic collaboration with interior designers, builders, architects and clients. Born in the Canal Zone, Panama, Meyer lives and works in Jacksonville Beach where he creates works of abstract expression.

All events are free to Museum members with a $5 suggested donation for non-members.

For additional information on this very special exhibit, please call 904-241-5657

Mayport Village: On the River of Change


Thu 08-11-16


Sun 11-27-16

Mayport Village PostcardExhibit Extended!!

Due to the extreme popularity of this exhibit, “Mayport Village: On the River of Change” will be extended through Sunday, November 27.

Presented by The Beaches Museum & History Park and opening on August 11, “Mayport Village: On the River of Change” is part of a series of events that will continue through October, and include items of interest to railroad enthusiasts, film buffs and students of archaeology.

Focus of the Mayport Village exhibit will be the history of the area, beginning with the Timucuan Indians who inhabited the southeastern United States for more than 5,000 years, followed by the French who first settled in 1562. The timeline continues into the early 1800’s when the area really began to grow, and ends with Mayport in the 21st century.

For additional information on this very special series of activities please contact The Beaches Museum & History Park at 904-241-5657.

Aug. 11 Exhibit Opening Reception from 6-8 p.m.
Stop by for a first look at the exhibit, some steamed shrimp and meet the people who made this exhibit possible.

Aug. 27 Mayport Village Storytellers at 1 p.m.
Come hear tales (some taller than others) of life and adventure in the Village.

Sept. 10 Riding the Rails: Pablo Beach Train Day from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Visit the History Park for an incredible day of all things trains!

Oct. 13 Special Feature! at 5:30 p.m.
Screening of The Flying Ace in partnership with Norman Studios, at the Museum Chapel.

Oct. 27 Boardwalk Talk at 5:30 p.m.
Johnny Woodhouse shares the story of the sinking of the Donald Ray.

Oct. 30 Mayport Cemetery Tour at 1 p.m.
Take a historic walk through the Mayport-Pablo Cemetery (Reservations required).

All events are free to Museum members with a suggested $5 donation for non-members.

The exhibit is supported by The Friends of the St. Johns River Ferry, Safe Harbor Seafood, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and Chao Framing.

For additional information on this very special series of activities, please call 904-241-5657.

Hiromi Moneyhun


Thu 05-05-16


Sun 07-24-16

Facebook card image In a continued celebration of talented beaches artists, the Beaches Museum & History Park is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibit by artist Hiromi Moneyhun.

Born in Kyoto, Japan, Moneyhun began drawing at an early age, and by her teen years had developed a style that combines traditional Japanese visual art forms with the super-modernity found in Japan’s

biggest cities. The woodblock prints of Giro Takihira had a major influence on her early work, and as with woodblock, Hiromi’s three dimensional cut paper pieces require a multistep process.  The end

result is an art that the viewer will find to be both amusingly lighthearted and startlingly alive.

A resident of Jacksonville Beach, Moneyhun has exhibited nationally including the famous Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas and locally at MOCA, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and the Haskell Gallery at JIA. The Beaches Museum is proud to join the list of exhibitors for this emerging talent.

Opening Night: Thursday, May 5 at 6:00pmDSC_0091_BW

Join the artist, Museum members, supporters and patrons as this fascinating exhibit is opened. The three-dimensional cut paper pieces are best appreciated in person and this festive evening will be the first opportunity to see the exhibit.

Gallery Tour: Saturday, June 25 at 11:00am

For a more intimate opportunity to immerse in her work, technique and inspiration, join Hiromi Moneyhun at the Museum. The morning will include a tour of her pieces as well as demonstration of her craft.

Admission to both events is free to Museum members, with a $5 donation from non-members. A portion of the proceeds from any pieces sold will benefit the Beaches Museum & History Park.


Naval Station Mayport: Guardian of the Southern Frontier


Tue 10-13-15


Tue 02-16-16

75 years after the US Naval Frontier Section Base at Mayport was established on land occupied by Wonderwood by-the Sea, East Mayport and Burnside Beach, this exhibit explores the history of the base and its impact on the Beaches community. From Elizabeth Stark to the USS Stark, from the home front to homeland security and to the ships that will carry the base in to the future-Naval Station Mayport has played a major part on the local and global stage.

Thank you to our exhibit sponsors:

Aluminum Distributing Bing Associates, P.A.
Orion Solutions, LLC Capital Analysts of Jacksonville Florida
PV Rotary
Chao Picture Framing
Jacksonville Area Ship Repair Association,
Morgan McKenzie Design.
75 Years of Mayport Sponsor: UltraTech International, Inc.,
Captain & Mrs. Matthew W. Tuohy USN (Ret)
For more information contact the Beaches Museum at 904-241-5657.

381 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-5240

Heather & Holly Blanton: Hblanton2


Thursday 07-23-2015


Thursday 10-08-2015

The Beaches Museum & History Park is proud to announce that it is featuring the work of Heather & Holly Blanton.

Twin sisters who have lived in Northeast Florida throughout their lives, Heather & Holly became artists at a very early age. Heather focused on photography, including hand-manipulated Polaroids, along with a career in fashion, portrait and celebrity photography, and now focuses on fine art photography. Holly’s mixed-media artwork explores a scene simply, but with a texturally and intellectually complex approach.

While both artists can certainly stand alone, this show will display how their works overlap and intertwine as they each uniquely explore and interpret the world around them.

Opening night: Thursday, July 23 at 6 P.M.

Join Heather & Holly Blanton, Museum members, supporters and art patrons as the exhibit is opened. This will be the first opportunity to experience the exhibit as it opens to the public and a portion of any artwork sold will benefit the Beaches Museum & History Park.

Admission for opening night is free to Museum members with a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers. For more information please call 904-241-5657.

381 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-5240

Celebrate 25 Years of Enrique Mora Art on the First Coast


Thursday 04-30-2015


Wednesday 06-22-2015

Enrique Mora ArtIn a continued celebration of talented beaches artists, the Beaches Museum & History Park will be featuring the work of Enrique Mora in its upcoming exhibit, MORA: 25 Years on the First Coast.

Beginning with an opening night party on Thursday, April 30 at 6 P.M., the exhibit will run through June 30.

About Enrique Mora

Mora, who was born in Puerto Rico, uses his heritage to infuse color, passion and the aesthetics of the island in to his work. A self-taught artist, Mora works in oils and mixed media and focuses primarily on the female form in his work.

After touring the United States and Puerto Rico and developing an international following, Mora settled in Northeast Florida in the 1980s, developing a niche in Jacksonville. “We are very excited to celebrate the 25 years of his life and his art in our community” says Chris Hoffman, Museum Executive Director. “We hope to share his work with a wide and diverse audience through display at the Museum.”

Admission for opening night is free to Museum members with a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers. For more information please call 904-241-5657.

Check out a Video of Enrique at Work

381 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-5240

Palmettos, Piers & Pioneers: The Story of Palm Valley


Thursday 02-19-2015


Wednesday 04-22-2015

Palm Valley PostcardThis quiet community is alive with history and stories from the early Spanish settlers to the pioneers who called it home and the families who protect its legacy today, this quiet community is alive with history and [memorable] stories. Join us as we travel through the areas of Palm Valley-Twenty Mile Station, Palm Valley Bridge, the Neck, Mickler’s Pier, Diego Plains and Palm Valley Landing,-and learn about the families and industries that have shaped this community.

Opening Night, Thursday, February 19, 6:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M.

Palm Valley Exhibit MapJoin some of Palm Valley’s most well-known residents, authors and historians for the opening of this exhibit and enjoy the tastes and sounds of old Palm Valley. Guests will be the first to hear an exciting announcement regarding the preservation of one of Palm Valley’s best-known homes, the Oesterreicher-McCormick Homestead.

  • A donation of $5  is suggested to support the Museum. The reception will be located in the museum lobby.

Tales from Palm Valley: Saturday, February 28, 1 P.M.-2:30 P.M.

Storytellers from Palm Valley including Sid Mickler, Worley Faver, Michel Oesterreicher and Hugo Mickler will sit back on rocking chairs and tell the tales (and some tall tales) that make Palm Valley one of the most unique and interesting areas of Northeast Florida.


Thanks to our exhibit committee:

  • Michel Oesterreicher
  • Donna Mickler Wilson
  • Deborah Andrews
  • Sid Mickler
  • Suzanne McCormick Taylor
  • Neil McGuinness
  • Greg Leonard
  • Sarah Jackson, Curator

Thanks to our exhibit sponsors:

  • Chao Framing
  • Glen Layton Homes
  • Jack & Lori Schmidt
  • Palm Valley Community Center

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The Art of Leigh Murphy


Thursday 11-19-2015


Sunday 02-08-2015

As part of the Beaches Museum and History Park’s continuing commitment to showcase work by talented local artists, they are pleased to announce an exhibit of Leigh Murphy’s work beginning Wednesday November 19.

Although Leigh’s talent extends to a variety of mediums, her first love is watercolor and its capacity to provide incredibly fine detail with brilliant colors and varied texture. Her art has appeared in numerous exhibitions and collections, among them the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, various US Embassies and the Disney Corporation. She has also received honors that range from recognition by Who’s Who in American Women to Artist in Residence for Duval County Schools.

The exhibition opened at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday November 19. Admission for opening night was free to Museum members with a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers. For more information please call 904-241-5657.

381 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-5240

Remembering Hurricane Dora: The 50th Anniversary


Wednesday 09-10-2014


Sunday 11-09-2014

Remembering Hurricane DoraFifty years ago Hurricane Dora blew into the Jacksonville Beaches area. The Beaches Museum is observing the anniversary of this awe-inspiring storm with a new exhibit opening September 10 to November 9. The 1964 hurricane season produced a great deal of destructive activity in Florida, but no other storm affected the northeast area of the state quite as much as Dora. In fact, Dora was the only hurricane-level storm to directly hit the Beaches area in the 20th Century. The 50th Anniversary exhibit looks back at the wave of destruction that Dora brought to the First Coast and the determined efforts of residents to restore their homes and livelihoods.

  • Wednesday, September 10th, 5:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M.  Admission is $5 and free for museum members. The reception will be located in the museum lobby.

Ferris WheelSince hurricane tracking started, Hurricane Dora was the first direct hit to the First Coast. The Category 3, turned into a Category 4 Equivalent storm, dropped to a Category 2 storm as it reached landfall, causing tremendous damage to businesses and homes along the First Coast, and reaching far inland as well.

Inthis exhibit, you will see why the Boardwalk, Roller Coaster, Ferris Wheel, and many coastal businesses ended for good.

Sponsored by: Preferred Government Insurance Trust

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Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-5240

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