Beaches Museum and History Park


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Explore pioneer life in our 1900 Foreman’s House and 1873 Oesterreicher Cabin.  Experience how people traveled to the Beaches with our 1911 Steam Locomotive and 1900 Train Depot. Experience the unique history that is still alive today.

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Preschool Programs-Down at the Station & Beaches History

Do your children love trains?  Let them experience the time when the railroad ran through town.  They will get to ring the bell on a real steam locomotive and learn about what life was like during the turn of the century as they tour Pablo Historical Park.  Your little engineers will want to make tracks to visit again and again!  Our youngest visitors will enjoy this fun learning experience as they tour the History Park and take a tour of the Permanent Exhibit, where they will search for objects on their picture scavenger hunt and have a docent tell them all about each item as they find it.

Beach Pioneers 4th Grade Program

Visit the Beaches Museum and explore the history of the pioneers at the Beaches, discover who Henry Flagler was, and experience the innovation of the railroads!  Students will be taken on a tour of the Museum and History Park with an experienced docent.  The field trip begins with a scavenger hunt in our Permanent Exhibit featuring the six beach communities of Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra, and Palm Valley.  Students will then move through the 1911 Steam Locomotive, the 1900 Florida East Coast Mayport Depot, and the 1900 Florida East Coast Foreman's House completing different activities and having the stories of each building brought to life by the docent.  Finally, students will discover our Heritage Demonstration Garden, maintained by the Master Gardeners through the University of Florida IFAS program.  In the garden they will have the opportunity to learn about seasonal vegetables, sugar cane, adn composting.  Students will gain a richer understanding of local history and gain a valuable experience in this fantastic beaches cultune.

Home School Groups

The Beaches Museum welcomes all home school groups looking for educational field trip opportunities!  Students will learn local Florida history when they visit the Museum and have the opportunity to experience that history through our historic buildings.  Home school groups may customize their field trips to best match the age range and grade levels of your students.  Options include: completing the scavenger hunt in the Permanent Exhibit, covering the beach communities of Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra, and Palm Valley, touring our 1903 Post Office, 1911 Steam Locomotive, 1900 Florida East Coast Mayport Depot, 1900 Florida East Coast Foreman's House, and 1887 Beach Chapel, as well as interacting with the Master Gardeners in the Heritage Demonstration Garden.