The Downtown restoration effort is the latest topic in Jacksonville with the USS Adams Museum leading the way.
Recently, the American Institute of Architects Jacksonville Chapter (AIA) presented their vision for the Downtown river front resurgence. Their plan proposed illuminated “nodes” or focal points along the river to interconnect and enhance the river front experience.
AIA’s presentation showed tremendous support and potential for the Museum’s impact on the City. Its tourism, commerce, maritime heritage and educational benefits were recognized as being vital to the Downtown and river front rebirth.
AIA’s plan for the waterway positions the ADAMS Museum as the first focal point in their vision.
The concept of illuminated focal points is a compliment to the recent winning bid for development of the Shipyards and Metropolitan Park in Downtown. Iguana Investments which is also owned by Jacksonville Jaguars’ owner, Shad Khan, is currently negotiating those development plans with the City.
While AIA and Iguana Investments have embraced the concept of the ADAMS in their plans, the Museum remains a grass-roots effort. Funds are continually being raised through private citizens and sponsorships to bring the ship to Jacksonville.
The video below demonstrates AIA’s concept and how the ADAMS is a major player in their vision.
There is still time to become a sponsor of the USS Adams Museum. Our sponsors are community anchors who are helping to reinvigorate Downtown tourism and commerce, preserve and promote Jacksonville’s maritime heritage, and expand STEM education to our youth.
Call 904-910-5241 or email to find out how you can become one of the first to sponsor the USS Adams Museum.
More information on Iguana Investments’ plan for the Downtown property can be found here.
We’re working to make improvements to our website! We understand when it comes to finding information on the web, it should be simple and up-to-date. That’s why we are making it easy for you to find the information you are looking for on our website. We also want to be sure we are sharing our vision for the project with you and it’s impact on our community.
The changes you can expect to see on our website:
Frequent Adams Update
There is a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes of the USS ADAMS Museum project. We want to share that information with you. Your engagement is directly related to the success of the project and we are here to keep you informed. Coming soon, we are providing periodic updates on our website regarding the project’s progress. Best yet, the information will be accessible directly from our homepage!
More Relevant Content
The USS ADAMS Museum is built on years of important naval history. Soon it will be an exciting part of the future of Downtown Jacksonville. We are sprucing up our website content to provide you with a better understanding of the history behind the project. You will also find information on the vision and what the ship will be for the future of Downtown Jacksonville.
Easy to Find Information
Our website currently has an overflow of information which we are breaking down to better suit your search. Look forward to more specific sub-pages with information on the topics you find most important. Expect to also find easier ways to get involved with easy to find icons located on the website’s homepage.
Please bear with us as we make these changes over the next couple of months. If there is information you would like to see on our website, please let us know. We value your opinion! Please email any suggestions or feedback to .
Official City of Jacksonville Week of Valor Event!
November 6, 2016 @ 8am
Are you ready to hit the ground running for the USS ADAMS Museum’s annual Salute to Veterans 5K in Downtown Jacksonville?! Be part of one of the fastest growing and most patriotic 5K runs and an official Jacksonville Week of Valor event while supporting the USS ADAMS Museum, K9s For Warriors and other Veterans Service Organizations.
This year you can expect:
Military, Veteran and patriotic running groups will receive awards for place, size and spirit.
A $250 prize will be given to the 1st Place overall Male and Female finishers.
Thanks to CHASE, there will be FREE food, party favors and lots of patriotic giveaways!
Sing your favorite service songs with over 500 runners as we gear up for the race to begin!
We’ll be ringing the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) Bell to start the race!
All registered runners will receive a coveted tech shirt.
Best yet, we’ve added a Patriotic Paws Parade, a fun dog-walking event with a prize for the dog with the best patriotic costume!
Online registration closes the day prior to the beginning of packet pickup. After online registration closes, you can still register in any 1st Place Sports store or on Race day.
You can register at any of our 1st Place Sports stores on our in-store computers!
Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds!
Patriotic Paw Parade
This is a new 1 Mile event! Bring your dressed up pooches and critters! Some of the cutest Patriotic Paws participants will be recognized and have pictures posted on social media, maybe regular media too!
Packets will be available for pick up at your selected 1st Place Sports store location on Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. All packets will be moved to the race site for race day pick up beginning an hour before the race.
3931 Baymeadows Road, Jax, FL 32217
San Marco Store:
2018 San Marco Blvd., Jax, FL 32207
Town Center Store:
4870 Big Island Dr., Jax, FL 32246
Jax Beach Store:
424 S. 3rd Street, Jax Beach, FL 32250
Orange Park Store:
2186 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073
1st place overall Male and 1st Place overall Female will receive $250 in prize money!
Awards will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers and to the top three male and female finishers in age groups from 12 and Under to 80 and over.
Some of the cutest Patriotic Paws participants will be recognized and have pictures posted on social media, maybe regular media too!
Military Team Awards:
Largest Military Group
Fastest Military Group
Most Spirited Military Group
Top two Commodore’s Unit Award
Post Race Celebration
Post race food and beverage is sponsored by Chase Bank.
Each participant will receive a technical shirt!
A FUN and easy community service hours event! For information on volunteering, please email Ed Santiago at or call (757) 288-1079.
Sponsors and Vendors
If you are looking for more information on sponsoring this event or are a vendor, contact Ashley at or call (904) 910-5241.
Military/Veteran Teams interested in running as a unit and competing for “Best of” awards email Dennis Volpe or call (904) 861-9155.
Join the USS ADAMS Museum crew at Oktoberfest Jacksonville at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery on September 30 and October 1 while we raise awareness and funds for the project during a celebration of German cuisine, culture and great beer with a two day event in Jacksonville, Florida from 4pm – 10pm. Volunteer with our crew and enjoy a variety of entertainment including live music and traditional dancing, food vendors providing a smorgasbord of authentic German cuisine, traditional festival fare and thirst-quenching beverages. Games and activities will also be available Friday and Saturday.
Contact us by email at jointhecrew@USSAdams.com or through our website by clicking on volunteer, providing us with your contact information and specifying your interest. Remember, volunteering with us gets you in for free!
The USS ADAMS Museum has been chosen as 1 of 4 non-profit partner organizations for the St. Augustine Outdoorsman Adventure RV & Boat Show event on September 16 – 18 open 11am to 7pm daily. We will receive a portion of the gate admission and more! Our CEO, Joe Snowberger will be interviewed on radio during the event on Saturday to talk about our organization. The show is expecting to have 3,000 to 5,000 visitors! In addition to receiving a portion of the gate admission, we will also be manning a booth to raise awareness and funds for the project. Exciting stuff!
We would love to have you join the Adams crew in volunteering to help raise money and awareness at our booth during the event. Contact us by email at jointhecrew@USSAdams.com or through our website by clicking on volunteer, providing us with your contact information and specifying your interest.
Amazon created a program called AmazonSmile which allows customers to donate 0.5% of purchase to an organization of their choosing when they shop. By clicking on the link above you will be able to shop Amazon as usual, only now the USS ADAMS Museum will receive a portion of the proceeds! Shopping through AmazonSmile is the same as shopping directly through Amazon. It offers the same products, prices and service. The link is good all year round so please consider clicking on the link above for shopping and help us BRING HOME THE ADAMS in 2016!
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Every event we attend is staffed by our amazing volunteers and supporters of the USS ADAMS Museum. Join our crew for one of these upcoming fun events! Contact us by email at jointhecrew@USSADAMS.com or through our website by clicking on volunteer and providing us with your contact information. You may also reach us at our main number at 904-910-5241. Our events provide you with an opportunity to enjoy fun and energetic venues where hundreds of people come to enjoy local food, shopping and entertainment. Need a visual? Check out some of our photos right here from some of our prior events!
The Riverside Arts Market serves as a local market on the river with local produce, shopping, delicious eats, and live entertainment. Please consider volunteering for 2 to 3 hours and enjoy a day in the market on the river with your USS ADAMS Museum crew.
Congratulations to our winners of the USS ADAMS Museum Race to the Boat Show! Thank you to everyone who participated in our fundraiser and for all of your support to establish the USS ADAMS Museum in Jacksonville! You truly made our fundraiser a tremendous success and we could not be more grateful!
And now, for the winners! Drum roll please!……
Our grand prize winner for the year of free boating from Freedom Boat Club is Craig Smith of Alhambra Dinner & Theatre! Congratulations Craig! We hope you enjoy your year on the water from Freedom Boat Club!
The following boat owners won one of our many other prizes from our amazing sponsors for their participation:
John & Mary Hunt
Congratulations to our winners! We hope you enjoy your prize and we hope you will participate in another USS ADAMS Museum fundraiser in the future! We have contacted everyone by phone and/or email. If you have not contacted our organization to claim your prize, please contact Ashley at 904-910-5241 or by email at jointhecrew@USSAdams.com. We will gladly mail your prize to you unless you want to pick it up (or if pick up is necessary) at our USS ADAMS Museum Store at the Jacksonville Landing or donate it to a local military member. Please do not hesitate to contact Ashley if other arrangements are necessary. We’re happy to accommodate you!
Thank you again for sailing along with us in the USS ADAMS Museum’s Race to the Boat Show. Please follow-us on Facebook (USS Adams Museum) or explore our website (USSAdams.com). Please also feel free to reach out to us to talk about how you can help. We would love to have you join the crew and help us BRING HOME THE ADAMS in 2016!
We’ve just updated our volunteer events and we have several fun opportunities coming up and we need your help! Volunteer to sell boats, market the USS ADAMS Museum, or man the Visitor’s Center for one of our events. Don’t miss the opportunity to help us and enjoy free entry into fun events!
Here’s what we’re looking at so far:
Sunday, April 3rd – Adventure Landing 12:30pm – 6:30pm
We need a few volunteers, especially for the later shift from 3:30 – 6:30pm.
Wednesday, April 6th – Spark Walk Downtown (2 Opportunities) Noon – 8pm @ Chamblin’s Uptown, 215 N. Laura St – Downtown
@ ONE SPARK is one night this year and has combined with ART WALK to become SPARK WALK!
We are setting up a table outside of Chamblin’s, right in the middle of the party!
We need volunteers to sell boats as well as walk around Downtown in the cardboard ship.
@ THE USS ADAMS Musuem Store & Visitor Center
– We will also staff the Visitor’s Center at the JAX LANDING from 4pm – 8pm
– Volunteers to take shifts in the cardboard boat and walk around downtown selling tickets.
– We will need a volunteer to pack up the materials in their vehicle.
Saturday, April 9th – Riverside Arts Market – RAM 9:30am – 4:30pm
We need a few volunteers to enjoy the RAM and sell BOAT RACE tickets.
Sunday, April 10th – Publix @ San Pablo and Beach Blvd. 11am – ? (the store will allow us to stay until 7pm)
We need several volunteers to take shifts.
Tuesday, April 12th – USS ADAMS Museum Race to the Boat Show! 4pm – 6pm @ Metropolitan Park! THIS is an ALL CALL! We need LOTS of volunteers!
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 15 – 17th – Southeast US Boat Show (Times on each day available – email jointhecrew@USSAdams.com or call Pat at 904.647.5177)
We will need LOTS of volunteers. That means we need all hands on deck. We will break the hours up into shifts depending on how many volunteers we have.
Please join us and take advantage of the opportunities to enjoy these fun events. Please email Ashley at jointhecrew@USSAdams.com or call 904.910.5241 and let her know what time you would prefer to come (a time specific or in general – morning, afternoon, or evening).
Our online store needs just a little more time to be up and running. We anticipate its launch by mid April. The online store will have a fresh new look and navigation to give you a better shopping experience. Be on the lookout for monthly specials on merchandise correlating to significant periods in our military history and other events.
In the meantime, you can find some of our featured items right here OR on our Facebook page. Contact our store manager, Pat at 904-647-5177 for more information on our merchandise and shipping. We have over 700 individual military ball caps, various service shirts, challenge coins, jewelry, and more!
Our store and Visitor’s Center in The Jacksonville Landing now has Adams Class model kits for sale! Each kit can be configured to represent any one of the 23 US Adams Class ships and the Australians. The kits are difficult to find and are genuinely limited so don’t miss the boat (pun intended), get your model kit, and many other items today!
If you’re local, please stop by the USS ADAMS Museum Visitor’s Center at the Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 144, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Snap a picture in our gear or at the store and tag us on Facebook!