Ritz Theater and Museum

Building on the community’s proud heritage, the Ritz is truly a Special Place, where history’s missing chapters are being restored, where talent is nurtured and creativity is celebrated in Jacksonville, Florida.  It is a community gathering place where ideas are exchanged, information is disseminated and a roadmap for the future is developed.

Whether visiting the museum, attending a concert, viewing a film or listening to a lecture, the Ritz has a special energy that leaves you with a special feeling. There is always an exhibition, music, dance or the dramatic arts inside the Ritz that will enthrall, educate and entertain.

Ritz Theater and Museum Florida

829 North Davis Street

Jacksonville, Florida 32202

P. 904-632-5555

F. 904-632-5553

W. Ritz Theater and Museum Florida

E. Ritz Theater and Museum Florida 

Museum Hours:

SUNDAY- Groups by Appointment only

MONDAY- CLOSED

TUE – FRI 10:00am – 5:00pm

SAT – 10:00am – 2:00pm

SCHEDULE A TOUR

Box Office Hours:

MON – FRI 10:00am – 4:00pm

THEATER VENUE RENTAL

THE STAGE IS ALL YOURS!

Hold your private event at the historic Ritz Theatre and Museum in Florida! The fabulous Art Deco Lobby and the Theatre are both available for special occasions. Our experienced production staff provides professional event management services, event staff, technical know-how and a link to professional services.

  • For a rate quote, please complete a Rental Application.  We will be happy to send more specific details and rates to you!

  • For Venue Technical Specifications, click here.

Museum Admission Adults (age 18-64): $8.00

Children (age 4-17) & Seniors (65+): $5.00

*Children age 3 and under are free.

Groups of 25 or more: $7.00 for Adults, $3.00 for children & seniors (call 904-632-5555 to schedule a group tour or click here)

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School - Camp - Scout Field Trips

Florida Field Trips for Schools – Camps – Scout at the Ritz Museum and Theater

YOU’RE INVITED TO VISIT THE RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM in Florida!

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.

SCHEDULING A GUIDED TOUR

To schedule a guided tour, please call (904) 632-5555 ext. 228 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 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.

ENTRANCE FEES:

(EXCEPT FOR SPECIAL ENGAGEMENTS)

Adults (18-64) $8.00; Children (4-17) $5.00; 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, 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.

ALONG THIS WAY (5th Grade Classes)

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The Ritz Theatre and Museum, in partnership with the Duval County Public Schools Office of School Programs, presents an exciting 5th grade Social Studies – American History Museum program: Along This Way. The program begins with the special delivery of a 1930s trunk to the classroom with a message from James Weldon Johnson, a noted figure from Jacksonville history, starting students on a journey through the Harlem Renaissance period in Jacksonville, Florida. With an innovative series of curriculum based interactive lessons using the museum’s African American history collection as a resource, Along This Way is an engaging learning experience from a historical and cultural perspective.

The Trunk, containing a Teacher’s Guide, Student handbooks, replicas of memorabilia and primary source materials, will arrive 3-5 school days before the scheduled field trip to the museum.

Selected standards based activities presented in individual keepsake sourcebooks prepare students for their visit to the museum.

During the museum visit, docents will guide students through specific standards based activities.

Following the museum visit, teachers may coordinate optional post-museum activities through the downtown Jacksonville Public Library.

Each museum field trip is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Maximum group size is 60 students.

The Museum fee is $3.00 per student. Transportation is the responsibility of the teacher.

Contact Adonnica Toler, museum assistant, to schedule a field trip, 904-632-5555 or atoler@coj.net.

Student Teen Programs

Student Teen Programs at the Ritz Museum and Theater Florida

Ritz Sound & Vocal Performers (RSVP)

RSVP is the combined musical force of the Ritz Voices youth choir and the Ritz Sound instrumental ensemble.  It brings together youth ages 12-18 to discover the power of singing learning and playing music together. RSVP provides a multifaceted music education and performance program for youth, fostering talent and a sense of community. Through concerts and frequent community performances, the Ritz Sound and Vocal Performers serve as ambassadors for the Ritz Theatre and Museum and the City of Jacksonville, using voice and music as a tool for youth development, social healing and community building. The youth perform concerts at the Ritz Theatre, around metropolitan Jacksonville, throughout the state of Florida and occasionally travel outside the state.


  Do you have questions about RSVP?

Email us at RSVPRitz@coj.net

Want to request them for a special event?

Peformance Request Application


Membership Requirements

Membership requirements are designed to insure high quality and standards for the RSVP members. Members take pride in developing a tradition of musical superiority, dedication and commitment to good citizenship.

  • Resident of the Jacksonville Metropolitan area
  • Ages 12-18
  • Completion of membership application
  • Complete an acceptable audition
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Annual membership fees are required for each student, and are due early in the performance season

RITZ YOUTH INSTITUTE

The Ritz Youth Institute offers educational programs for youth of African descent that will empower them to achieve and personally develop into productive and contributing leaders. The Ritz Youth Institute programs are designed to be an adjunct to the school curriculum providing an in depth knowledge of African American and the African Diasporan experience, critical thinking and training in public presentation and oration to inspire greatness at any level. Presently, there are two programs offered in Florida,

Young Black Intellectuals (YBI) and the Youth Oratorical Masters Initiative (YOMI)

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  • jacky

    i took my daughter, to this camp a few times.. she loves this place, the camp counslers are very nice and pleasant

    • margaret

      yes, i agree the camps are quite phenomenal, i take my daughterrs here every summer… they just adore this place, the faculty are very nice as well.. and becuase im a regular customer they give me a discount 🙂

  • jessica

    i have been here a few times with my family, i must say that the theater is really great, the music and dancing are just so phenomenal, especially the cool tricks they can do, i remember during the show one of the actors did a triple flip, it was crazy XD

  • sherry

    i have been here a few times, and i love it !! this place is really innovative and fun