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. 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.
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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.
We require one chaperone for every ten students; chaperones admitted free.
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.
(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)
– 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SUNDAY- Groups by Appointment only
TUE – FRI 10:00am – 5:00pm
SAT – 10:00am – 2:00pm
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! 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.