Mandarin Museum & Historical Society, Jacksonville

4.6
Museum and schoolhouse are open every Saturday from 9-4.

Located on the beautiful St. Johns River in the 10-acre Walter Jones Historical Park, the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society takes visitors back to old Florida. Explore a restored homestead site and relax on a riverfront boardwalk. Interactive exhibits present the history of the area. It is FREE.

Mandarin Museum:

Permanent exhibits explore the history of Mandarin and the river that defines the community. Displays include artifacts from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Mandarin winter home and items recovered from the Civil War-era steamboat “Maple Leaf.”

Next to the museum is the St. Joseph's Mission Schoolhouse for African -American Children, opened in April, 2016. This building was built in 1898 moved to the park in 2015. The interpretive exhibits tell the stories of this school as well as others in the area like it during the post-Civil War era.

The Mandarin Museum offers a Gift Shop of books and art of local authors and artists. We are also the only place where you can buy a concrete frog, made by the famous "Frog Man" of Mandarin.

Visit our website to learn more about the museum: http://www.mandarinmuseum.net/
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Mandarin Museum & Historical Society Reviews

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  • This tells the story of a family and their history and the impact they had. Lots of gardens with old buildings. Plenty of shade many people just walking their dog there  more »
  • Mandarin is beautiful and green, and the museum is located in a lovely park within historic Mandarin. The museum is well laid-out and has historical information next to the displays of artifacts...  more »
  • I came with my dog and I loved this park . The park is open everyday until sunset, it has great historical houses and a lot of trees . Great for walk, ride bikes or just have a relax trip.  more »
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  • Great place to take your dog and while walking the trails, you can take in a bit of history. We really enjoyed it. We will definitely be going back.
  • Great place to walk next to the river. Full of trees & benches that you can rest & enjoy the breeze. Peace & calm.
  • Verry cleen and nice, a great place to take your dog for a walk without anyone askingif it is a service dog
  • Really cool little park, but for the life of me I can’t seem to find a sign that gives the museums open hours. But the gates are always open and haven’t seen one cop come through. Good place to go and watch the water at night along the river.
  • It was very interesting, museum about a local ship that sank in the St. John's River. The Maple Leaf. They had some things found on the Maple leaf. Two Civil War uniforms and a WW1 uniform from the family of a local soldier. They also had a model of the Maple Leaf. They have a local one room school, that had the old desk and writing implaments of the children that attended the school. I was nice for being small. My 5yr. old grandson enjoyed it.

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