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Museum Of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, also known as MOCA Jacksonville, is a contemporary art museum in Jacksonville, Florida, funded and operated as a "cultural resource" of the University of North Florida. One of the largest contemporary art institutions in the Southeastern United States, it presents exhibitions by international, national and regional artists.HistoryMOCA Jacksonville was founded in 1924 as the Jacksonville Fine Arts Society, the first organization in the Jacksonville community devoted to the visual arts. In 1948 the Museum was incorporated as the Jacksonville Art Museum, and in 1978 it became the first institution in Jacksonville to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.In late 1999 the Museum acquired its permanent home, the historic Western Union Telegraph Building on Hemming Plaza, adjacent to the newly renovated City Hall, and became the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art (JMOMA). In 2000, a series of preview exhibitions opened in a temporary exhibition space while the building facade was restored to its original Art Deco style. The interior was completely refurbished to house the Museum’s galleries, educational facilities, a theater/auditorium, Museum Shop and Café Nola. Total renovation of the 60000sqft, six-floor facility was completed in 2003, culminating in a grand re-opening in May of that year.GrowthAfter moving to its downtown location the Museum experienced rapid growth in both membership and the size of the permanent collection. The many substantial additions to the collection increased not only its quality, but also its size to almost 800 pieces. After completing a recent review of the current scope of the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, discussions were held regarding the distinctions between modern and contemporary art, as well as the Museum’s mission and vision for the future. It was decided that in order for the Museum to convey a strong sense of identity and purpose to both the community and other art institutions across the country, its name should change. Therefore, in November 2006, JMOMA became the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.
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  • We have visited twice on trips to Jacksonville. The exhibits have been very interesting both times. It is a manageable size, and you can see everything in 1-2 hours. We also had dinner in the museum r...  more »
  • Small gallery . The art was good but limited. The gift shop was really nice. Did not eat there but the cafe looked good.Staff rather subdued . I liked the city skyline going in. The visiting photo mus...  more »
  • The museum exhibits are wonderfully curated. The layout over three floors with open spaces is beautiful. There are special community programs and a nice shop that features some local artists work. 
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  • It was wery interesting , my first time there with school trip but will definitely be back when I will have more time to enjoy it and take the time to explore more
  • Great experience with Modern and contemporary arts! Excellent location in beautiful downtown Jacksonville. Across from Hemming Plaza and next to Jacksonville Public Library. Three levels of beautiful displays including a kids zone on the 5th floor. At the end of your visit you can enjoy an excellent lunch or meal at the small, yet cozy rest. locate on the first level.
  • The building and the building around this location is stunning. Just as stunning as the art inside. I went at 6 pm on a Thursday (gallery is open 5 to 9 pm on Thursdays) and was the only one In the gallery. The art was beautiful and contained many different media's and canvases.
  • It was an amazing place, I love their projects and idea of art therapy. Also on Wednesday there is a free admission for students.
  • Amazing exhibit, lots to see, chill atmosphere, great scenery, and beautiful art.