Econo Lodge Mayport
2401 Mayport Rd.
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Phone: (904) 249-0313
Fax: (904) 241-2155
Arts & Museums
Scenic, bustling University of North Florida, with a campus tucked away on a nature preserve off St Johns Bluff and Butler Boulevards, is home to the much-loved University Gallery. It can be found inside Building 002, Founders Hall, and is known for its variety of exhibitions. Works are on display from both regional and national artists, along with those showcased from the Visual Arts Department faculty and students. Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public.
Funded by the Jacksonville community, the Hands On Children's Museum has been entertaining kids since October 2000. The outside of the castle-shaped building is quite colorful, sure to catch the attention of children. With multiple hands-on exhibits inside, there are interactive activities for kids of all ages. If a birthday is coming up, the museum will pull out all the stops to make your kid's birthday a memorable one. As the museum is a non-profit organization, all donations are tax-free.
Norman Studios, the brainchild of film-maker Richard Norman, is the one of the few silent film studio complexes left in the world. Comprising five, once derelict, wooden buildings, these studios were the place where great ideas that lend to the making of motion pictures were put forth. Films made at this studio were pioneers in their own right as African-American actors were cast in rare positive roles. This site attempts to showcase Florida's contribution in the development of the silent motion film industry. Currently, it is undergoing major face-lift and renovations, so check the website for updates.
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.
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.
The Jacksonville Fire Museum houses as many as five hundred artifacts that aid in telling the story of Jacksonville's numerous trysts with the element of fire. It houses the equipment used to quench the City Fire of 1901. In the present day, the museum also participates in the Safe City Program that enables visitors to learn how to go about using their knowledge of fire safety, 911 and medical information. For organized tours of groups of 10 or more, do make sure to contact them beforehand.
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.
Who says learning can't be fun? The Jacksonville Historical Center has all manner of fun, hands-on interactive exhibits and films, relating to Jacksonville's rich history. Explore the past from the Native American Timucuan Indians, the region's original settlers, to the role played by the US Navy in the growth of the city, all the way to the present as Jacksonville enters a new millennium as a top-tier city. The small museum is located at Riverwalk close to downtown and I-95. Admission is free.
This gallery is located inside the Reddi Arts shop off Hendricks Avenue. It features an eclectic range of two and three-dimensional works in a variety of media by local artists. If you are an art collector or art lover, head to the gallery to witness budding artists. The gallery is known to play host to the work of local artists as well as students. This is said to be the hub of all budding local artists.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is among the most famous contemporary art museums in the country. This huge Jacksonville complex is home to many temporary as well as permanent exhibits along with the variety of cultural activities and events it hosts. It offers an in-house diner, Cafe Nola, that serves continental delicacies to ensure you don't let hunger pangs keep you from appreciating some of the finest contemporary art Florida has to offer.
Three eclectic women, each with a different skill under her belt, paint San Marco's red with their eccentric art boutique. Their goal is to create "functional pieces of art" and with this in mind, the stores houses many other works of art exclusive of just paintings/work on canvas. Fabric art, beautiful glass bead art, other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased here. They also have art, craft, sewing and knitting classes held intermittently, for more details please contact them.
Tucked away in the charming old San Marco district, this spacious, airy, full-service gallery is home to works from regionally and nationally acclaimed artists. Stellers gallery represents more than 30 artists whose work encompasses a wide variety of styles, from realism to impressionism and abstraction. In addition, it sells original works, limited edition lithographs, serigraphs and antique botanicals and illustrations.