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