If you haven’t been to the ship since the move, we are now located at 610 East Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.
Our hours have stayed the same:
Closed on Monday & Tuesday
9 to 3 Wednesday to Friday
9 to 4 Saturday
10 to 4 Sunday
Holidays May Vary
When coming to the ship, look for the old red brick firehouse. There is a dirt entry into the grassy parking area to the east of the firehouse. Drive to the river and park near the ship. Please be careful of the construction on the west side of the firehouse. The city is currently building Catherine St which will give the museum better access.
We now have a ticketing office complete with AC! No more canopy at the end of the gangway! Upon arrival proceed to the Ticket Office and present your membership card or purchase admission. You must have a wristband to be on the ship. There are also airconditioned restrooms at the ticket office for your convenience. We also have picnic tables for you to rest on as well as cold water & soda for purchase inside the ticket office.
Presently all tours are self-guided. There are docents available to answer your questions. We are planning to add guided tours at various hours during the day for no additional charge.
To access the ship, you will go thru the gate and walk up the ramp. The ramp is handicap accessible at both ends. However, the ship itself is not handicap accessible. Wheelchairs can navigate the main deck only up to the forward break on the port (left) side. They are not able to get thru any of the watertight doors. At the end of the gangway on the ship, please exercise caution while walking on and off the ramp.
While we were closed after the move, we upgraded tour route signage so that you can follow the tour route more easily. We still have blue and orange arrows on the decks and bulkheads in addition to the new signs. The blue route is the entire ship. The orange route is just the main deck for those who cannot climb the ladders (steps). We also added the locations that you will be seeing as you follow the tour route. If you follow the signs, we promise that you will see all the sights on the ship.
Please remember, if a door is closed, locked or marked no access, do not enter that area. Those areas are unsafe for the public and the majority do not have lights turned on. If you get injured in one of these restricted areas, we may not find you. Cell phone service is very poor in the ship the further inside that you go.
We have also been adding signage for each space describing what the space is. Next up we will be working on specific equipment descriptions for spaces that you are permitted to enter.