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Jacksonville Beach - Beaches Museum and History Park

381 Beach Boulevard
904-241-5657

Mission:

To nurture civic pride for the distinct history of the Beaches, while providing education, information and entertainment for those who live, work and vacation in our communities.

Beaches Museum and History Park is operated by the Beaches Area Historical Society at Pablo Historical Park, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

History:

Founded in 1978 by a group of longtime local residents, the Beaches Area Historical Society (BAHS) is the only organization dedicated solely to preserving the history and heritage of Florida's First Coast beach communities including Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, and historic Palm Valley.

The Society opened first as a research facility and repository for historic photographs, but soon like-minded local citizens began bringing in their cherished family pieces, and a small museum was born. By 1996 the society had accepted, relocated, and restored the FEC Section Foreman's House, the Mayport Depot, an early Pablo Beach Post Office, and a 28-ton 1911 steam locomotive.

In 2001, initiated by strong public interest, the BAHS Board of Directors began a capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of a new museum and archives facility. On March 7, 2006, the Beaches Museum & History Park, operated by the Beaches Area Historical Society, opened its doors to residents, tourists, and school children.



Reviews

Ashley Kean

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Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
The Beaches Museum consists of one large main "museum," and several outlying historic structures set beside the Museum in a park-like setting. We attended their Polar Express were delightfully surprised! All the volunteers were so cheerful and helpful! It was nice to see Santa, but really his Helper Elf was worth the trip! She wore oversized elf slippers, reindeer sunglasses, and laughed with her whole body! The Polar Express movie played on continuous loop in one room while hot chocolate and cookies were dispensed in the foyer. Well-informed docents greeted us in the museum proper, answering questions about exhibits and offering reading suggestions. The village of collected historical buildings is so cheerful and well upkept. They've twined gardens along walkways with photogenic results. It was beautiful, well-planned, and cheerful. We SO enjoyed it!

Darren Fava

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
This compact spot along Beach Blvd. is packed with things to do: 1) learn the history of The Beaches in the informative museum 2) explore historic structures rescued from the surrounding community (guided tour) 3) pick-up Jax-area tourist info 4) enjoy one of the changing art exhibits and, 5) for the kids...see the train and model train set-up of the Beaches area Best part...everything is FREE! I was greeted by their friendly staff and directed to a brief movie about the area. The museum's exhibits highlight the area's history including the native people, early settlers and their battles for control, the railroad era with its grand hotels, and the 20th-century developments that followed. Mike, a volunteer docent, gave me a great tour of the collection of historic structures across the street from the musuem. I enjoyed seeing such a variety of early-Florida structures in one place. We toured a post office, train station, railroad foreman's house (part of the Flagler East Coast Railway empire), an old farm house, and a chapel. Mike was a knowledgeable and energetic guide. Back at the museum, I was furnished with a host of brochures, maps and pamphlets by Susan, a veritable font of Jacksonville information. She selected info on historic attractions at my request. If you're visiting The Beaches area, I recommend a stop here whether it's for a quick orientation or to sink your teeth into history.

Scott Roen

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Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
Ready for some fine Florida music from the Prestage brothers!!! Caaawww Caaawww!!!

Lisa Binder

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Thursday, April 26, 2018
Great place. Parking is needed.

Deanna Dare

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Friday, April 20, 2018
Loved it. Great information on Jacksonville!

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