We are so excited to share some very important news with you. Many of you know that the Mandarin Museum building in Walter Jones Historical Park was opened in 2004 – thirteen years ago. Since then we have collected many historical objects, photographs, documents and pieces of Mandarin art. We want to show the community more of what we have, but we have, in fact, outgrown our space.

So…we are launching a museum expansion campaign that will give us one more exhibit room and a larger archive / collection / work room. The new exhibit space will be a designated Maple Leaf gallery. We will be able to expand and refresh the fascinating Maple Leaf story with more artifacts and documents. Adding that space will also allow us to reopen our Art Gallery with rotating art depicting Mandarin scenes and Mandarin artists. We will also be able to expand our Harriet Beecher Stowe displays and add new stories and objects that have never been displayed before.

This will take some time, as we must raise the necessary funds, apply for a matching grant and then build. We need to raise $100,000 to apply for the grant and we currently have half of that. We expect it will take until 2019 to complete. But we are starting now!

We are off to a terrific start due to the generosity of several residents who we will name in the future. The Rotary Club of Mandarin has also selected the museum expansion project as the designated recipient of its Laughs for Charity fundraising event in April 2018. Additionally, some of the funds raised by the sale of Mandarin frogs will go towards the expansion.

If you would like to talk with us about a major personal or business gift or a fundraising idea, please give us a call at 268-0784 or send an email to mandarinmuseum@bellsouth.net. A Board member will be happy to meet with you.

If you would like to make a designated donation of any size, please select the “Donate” button at the bottom right of this page, or send a check to MMHS, PO Box 23601, Jacksonville, FL 32241.

All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support of our mission.

Mandarin Museum & Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and is registered with the Fla. Div. of Consumer Affairs, Registration No. CH16204. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer services by calling toll-free within the state (800-5435-7352) or by contacting the Division at http://www.freshfromflorida.com/. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.