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Welcome to the Beaches Museum & History Park home on the web. We are the large two-story yellow building at 4th and Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, next to the steam engine train enclosure, a train depot, a two-story house, and the newly restored Beaches Museum Chapel, where you can have weddings, recitals, presentation programs, or other uses. Most of our buildings are available for rental.
Hopefully our menu will guide you through our web site to find the most common items. You can learn a lot about our events, exhibits, our facilities and tours right here on the web. The links at the bottom of each page may help get you to other resources, including the site map. If you are looking for anything but cannot locate it, please contact us.
Exhibits and Events
- December 13, 2013 - March 9, 2014 - Don Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, Spanish Hero in the American Revolution
- Don Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid (July 23, 1746 – November 30, 1786), Spanish Hero in the American Revolution is a magnificent story that is seldom told. Gálvez aided the American Thirteen Colonies in their quest for independence, and led Spanish forces against Britain in the Revolutionary War, defeating the British at the Siege of Pensacola (1781) and reconquering Florida for Spain. After the war, he returned to Spain (1781), but four years later returned to New Spain where he spent the last two years of his life as the 61st Viceroy of New Spain, succeeding his father (Matias de Gálvez y Gallardo). He accomplished a lot in only 40 years of life.
- March 20, 2014 - Whistle Talk - Kevin R. Bodge, Ph.D., P.E.
- The Beaches Museum & History Park March 2014 Whistle Talk with speaker Kevin R. Bodge, Ph.D., P.E. Ph.D. Bodge's presentation will be on beach history and restoration of our beach at the Jacksonville Beaches.
- Times: 5:30 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
- March 30, 2014 - The Cemetery Tour
- Rain caused us to cancel our February Cemetery tour but we are back for March. Put on your walking shoes and spend an hour following Johnny Woodhouse, The Beaches Leader resident history detective, as he leads a tour of the historic H. Warren Smith Cemetery on Sunday, March 30th at 2:00 P.M.
- Times: 2:00 P.M.-3:30 P.M.
- April 3 - May 11, 2014 - Waiting for the Train: Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railway
- Henry Morrison Flagler (January 2, 1830 – May 20, 1913) was an American industrialist and a founder of Standard Oil. He was also a key figure in the development of the eastern coast of Florida along the Atlantic Ocean and was founder of what became the Florida East Coast Railway. Originally from New York state, he met John D. Rockefeller in Ohio. An early partnership lead to what became Standard Oil Company. With his success in refineries, he ventured out to railroading in Florida, with a grand start at St. Augustine and Jacksonville Beach.
- April 3, 2014 - Exhibit Opening Reception Event for Waiting for the Train exhibit.
- Introducing the Waiting for the Train: Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railway exhibit.
- Times: 5:30 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
Recent Press Release:
A History Anniversary Note for Today:
• On this day (March 8), 501 years ago (1513), Ponce de León and his crew reaches a portion of the Lucayan Islands (today Grand Turk) on his historic expedition to locate the land named Bimini.
Full Description: Well, not necessarily actually on this day exactly. See why.
For more history tidbits, visit our History Timeline.