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Ritz Museum

Visit the historic Ritz Theatre & Museum!

Reflecting on the triumphs and tribulations in our past guides our own personal stories and gives us a road map for our collective future. Please join us on our path of discovery. The Ritz Theatre and Museum is the perfect place for a first date, afternoon outing or a school field trip. Please review the operating hours to ensure you arrive in time to enjoy everything this historic museum has to offer.

What to expect on your visit

The health and safety of our guests remains our highest priority and we will continue to abide by the guidelines laid out by our local government. In accordance with this, our museum will only be open to 50% capacity, temperature checks will be administered upon entrance, and we strongly encourage purchasing tickets online ahead of time to avoid cash transactions.


Museum Hours

Monday – Friday
10:00 AM until 4:00 PM (tickets must be purchased by 3 PM)

Saturday and Sunday
By appointment only

Group Rates and Tours
Please contact us at 904-630-3900 if you have questions about rates for a group of 25 or more. To schedule a group tour, please call 904-807-2014.

Museum Admission
Museum Admission
Price Varies


Permanent Collection: Lift Ev’ry Voice

The Ritz Museum connects and celebrates our rich African American heritage through the stories of some of our greatest Floridians. Listen to Jacksonville’s native sons, James Weldon and John Rosamond Johnson tell you how their song Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing became the African American National Anthem. Peek into Clara White’s Mission. Feel the vibe of the “Harlem of the South” nightclub in the 1940’s. Find your relative or neighbor in the society photographs of Ellie L. Weems. Experience a sit in at the Woolworth’s counter as the Civil Rights Protestors did in the 1960’s.

Reflecting on the triumphs and tribulations in our past guides our own personal stories and gives us a road map for our collective future. Please join us on our path of discovery.


Click here for hours and admission rates.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, SCHEDULING TOURS AND PROGRAM UPDATES CALL 904-807-2010



In the Gallery:

Living Legends and Lives of African American Entertainers

From the collection of Willis Hakim Jones

October 1, 2020 - January 18, 2021 | Come visit the exhibit!

Explore a curated collection of memorabilia, music, costumes, and photographs of the lives of African Americans in the entertainment industry from 1850-1970.

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