Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville

Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville (must see)

Nestled along the scenic Southbank Riverwalk in Jacksonville, stands a beacon of knowledge, wonder, and exploration—the Museum of Science and History (MOSH). This private, non-profit institution has solidified its place as the city's most visited museum, captivating the minds and hearts of visitors with its engaging blend of science and local history exhibits. It offers a diverse range of experiences, including a main exhibit that changes quarterly, three floors of permanent exhibits that delve into the realms of discovery, and the awe-inspiring Bryan Gooding Planetarium.

The museum's roots can be traced back to 1941 when the Jacksonville Children's Museum was first chartered. The journey began modestly, finding its first home within a charming Victorian mansion in Riverside. However, the yearning to expand its horizons and deepen its impact led to the establishment of its current location in downtown Jacksonville. Construction commenced in 1965, and the doors to the MOSH facility swung open in 1969, marking the beginning of a new chapter in Jacksonville's pursuit of knowledge and understanding.

In 1977, the Jacksonville Children's Museum evolved into the Jacksonville Museum of Arts and Sciences, and in recognition of its dedication to excellence, it gained accreditation from the esteemed American Association of Museums. The name underwent a transformation once again in 1988, and the Museum of Science and History emerged, encapsulating the essence of its purpose.

As the years passed, MOSH expanded its physical and intellectual boundaries. The addition of 37,500 square feet (3,480 square meters) of space, including the planetarium that was once known as the Alexander Brest Planetarium, breathed new life into its offerings. In 1994, the museum underwent its most recent building renovation, resulting in a total space of 82,200 square feet (7,640 square meters)—a testament to the institution's dedication to growth and evolution.

In 2010, the planetarium experienced a significant upgrade, complete with a new projector, sound system, and interior work. The result was the awe-inspiring Bryan Gooding Planetarium, a place where visitors could not only gaze upon the stars but also be transported to the far reaches of the cosmos.

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Sight Name: Museum of Science & History
Sight Location: Jacksonville, USA (See walking tours in Jacksonville)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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