Museum Tours

You're Invited to Visit the Ritz Theatre & Museum!

Our permanent museum collection presents the history of Northeast Florida's African American community, featuring a walk through old LaVilla and a dynamic multi-media display highlighting brothers James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson, Jacksonville native sons and composers of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing."

The Museum Gallery showcases a variety of changing art exhibits throughout the year. 

DOCENT GUIDED TOUR GROUPS

Guided tours are led by trained docents who will provide information about the exhibits featured in the museum.

STUDENT GROUPS
We require one chaperone for every ten students; chaperones admitted free.

SELF-GUIDED TOURS
Individuals and small groups can visit the museum without a guide at the discretion of museum staff.

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SCHEDULING A GUIDED TOUR


To schedule a guided tour, please call (904) 807-2014 or (904) 807-2012 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays. The following information is needed: school or group name, address and telephone number; contact person’s name; preferred tour date and time; grade level and number of students and chaperones.  The museum can accommodate 50 guests at one time.  This number includes chaperones accompanying student groups.  YOU MUST RECEIVE A WRITTEN CONFIRMATION OF YOUR DATE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE.  Please notify the Ritz Theatre & Museum of any cancellations at least 48 hours (2 days) prior to the tour date.  Tours may be rescheduled if space is available.  PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL AS THE MUSEUM TOUR SCHEDULE IS VERY BUSY.  LATE ARRIVAL MAY RESULT IN CANCELLATION.  THE MUSEUM CANNOT ACCOMMODATE GROUPS OF UNSCHEDULED VISITORS.

The Ritz Theatre & Museum is located at 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, FL 32202.

MUSEUM HOURS:

Tuesday-Friday: 10a.m. -  4p.m.

Saturday: 10a.m. – 2p.m.

Sunday & Monday: Closed

ENTRANCE FEES:

(EXCEPT FOR SPECIAL ENGAGEMENTS)

Adults (18-64) $8.00; Children (4-17) $5.00; Students & Senior Citizens (65 and older) $5.00; Children (3 and under free)

GROUP RATES:

- Groups of 25 or more
Adults (18-64) - $7.00, Children (4-17) - $3.00, Students & Seniors (65+) - $3.00

Payments can be made in advance or at the time of your tour.  Cash, cashier’s check or money orders payable to the Ritz Theatre & Museum -COJ.  Credit/debit card payment accepted.  Identification must match the name on the card.   Personal checks accepted with government issued identification.       

Click Here to schedule a guided tour.

PARKING:

After unloading visitors at the main entrance, buses should proceed to the church parking lot on Davis Street across the street from the theatre.  VISITORS MUST BE DROPPED OFF IN THE PARKING LOT AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO ENSURE GUEST SAFETY.

 

MUSEUM MANNERS

The Ritz Theatre & Museum is a repository of many rare and priceless collections.  Objects from our collections and from other museums are on display in the gallery and the permanent exhibit of our museum.  The following rules are for the safety and security of these objects and our visitors:

•    NO STILL OR MOVING PICTURES ARE TO BE TAKEN IN THE MUSEUM.
•    NO CELL PHONE, PICTURE CELL PHONE OR iPOD USAGE ALLOWED.
•    NO FOOD, DRINKS OR CHEWING GUM.
•    NO RUNNING, LOUD TALKING OR RECKLESS BEHAVIOR.
•    NO HANDLING OF OBJECTS.
•    NO BACKPACKS

Arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled tour to allow time for unloading and restroom break.
Do not bring more than the scheduled number of visitors.
Bring a minimum of one chaperone per 10 children.
Provide a name tag for each student.

Chaperones should:

•    Supervise their groups and maintain order.  Chaperones are responsible for the good behavior and discipline of students.  Uncontrollable students will be asked to leave the museum.
•    Stay with their students at all times including restroom visits and help students move quietly through the museum
•    Assist in providing a positive learning experience.


Ritz Theatre and Museum
829 N. Davis Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
(904) 632-5555