The centerpiece of Jacksonville's Naval Museum opens to the public next week. The USS Orleck will officially welcome guests on board starting Wednesday.
The USS Orleck has been docked on the Northbank since the end of March, and visitors will soon have a chance to experience what life was like on board.
Downtown has a different look now that the Jacksonville Fire Museum and the USS Orleck are along the St. Johns River, but it’s going to be a while before either open to the public.
The vision for a museum district is starting to take shape downtown with the impending arrival of the USS Orleck and the move of the Jacksonville Fire Museum this weekend.
The USS Orleck on Thursday finally began its voyage to Jacksonville after spending its preservation period at the Gulf Copper and Manufacturing Corporation in Port Arthur, Texas.
There is still work to be done on the topside of the USS Orleck, but work on the ship is “nearing completion soon,” according to a news release from the Jax Naval Museum.
The JHNSA has been working with the city to make the USS Orleck a downtown attraction on the St. Johns River. They now hope to have the top tier open to the public in 30 days.
The city of Jacksonville and local Navy and military Veterans have something to be thankful for this holiday season!
The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association is moving forward with its plan to bring the Orleck Museum to Jacksonville -- creating what will become the Jacksonville Naval Museum.
The Jacksonville Naval Museum could soon be a reality after City Council approved a plan to bring the former USS Orleck to Jacksonville.