A day at the Museum of Science & History

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Located on the Southbank, the Museum of Science History (MOSH), is the city's most popular cultural attraction. Primarily intended as a hands-on science and history experience for children, MOSH features interactive, award-winning exhibitions such as Currents of Time, which explores 12,000 years of Northeast Florida history, and Atlantic Tails, presenting the mammals indigenous to northeast Florida's waterways. One of the most popular attractions is the 200-seat Alexander Brest Planetarium with several shows daily. The 60-foot diameter dome-shaped projection screen allows the audience to gaze at the stars and learn about astronomy, past and present.

Morrison's Cafeteria on Hemming Park during the 1960s. Today, this building is home to the Dalton Agency and Subway.

History of the Museum of Science & History

1941 The Association for Childhood Education charters The Jacksonville Children's Museum

1948 The Jacksonville Children's Museum moves in a Victorian mansion in Riverside

1965 Construction begins on the current, centralized location downtown - on the south bank of the St. Johns River.

1969 The newly-constructed Jacksonville Children's Museum opens its doors.

1977 The Jacksonville Children's Museum becomes the Jacksonville Museum of Arts and Sciences

1983 The Jacksonville Museum of Arts and Sciences is accredited by the American Association of Museums

1988 The Jacksonville Museum of Arts and Sciences become the Museum of Science and History. 37,500 square feet of space is added including the Alexander Brest Planetarium

1994 The current building is renovated to expand the core exhibition galleries, add program and classroom space, increase collection storage spaces, and upgrade all of the support systems

1996 Atlantic Tails - Whales, Dolphins and Manatees of North East Florida is opened

1997 Currents of Time - A History of Jacksonville and North East Florida is opened to the public

2000 Jacksonville Jaguars: History of a Hometown Team opens

2002 JEA Science Theater and Aqua Expo opened to the public

2004 Universe of Science opened to the public

2006 Florida Naturalist's Center opened to the public

2008 Water Worlds opened to the public

2009 The Body Within opened to the public

The 1950s were the decade Jacksonville transformed from an urban to suburban community.

At one time, there was life on Julia Street.

MOSH Hours

Monday- Friday: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Open every day except Easter Day,
One & Only Genuine Original MOSH Party, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day


Adults : $9.00
Seniors (55 + ) : $7.50
Active Military : $7.50
Children (3 - 12) : $7.00
Members & ASTC : FREE

Extreme Science Shows: $1.00 per person with paid admission

Planetarium Shows: $1.00 per person with paid admission


Images by Ennis Davis