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A nice piece on MOSH in the FTU opinions page today. The authors are MOSH executive director Maria Hane and American Association of Museums President Ford Bell.

A recent national survey found America's museums and libraries to be the most trusted sources of information by the public.

Museums have also become essential community-gathering places - what one researcher calls a "sanctuary for respite and renewal."

This places great responsibility upon the nation's museums to uphold the highest standards of excellence. The American Association of Museum's accreditation is the field's primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability.

The Museum of Science & History has earned its third reaccreditation, affirming its position in the top 4 percent of 17,500 museums in the country.

MOSH has been serving our community for 70 years and recently commemorated its 60th anniversary of continuous service to the Duval County public schools in 2009.

MOSH is home to the largest single-lens planetarium in the world, is a partner with local schools to integrate informal science learning into the classroom and ignites a passion for lifelong learning through adult and senior educational programs.

MOSH further supports the local economy through employment of 48 people and a $2.3 million operating budget. In 2010-11 alone, MOSH renovated three exhibit spaces and the new Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, contributing more than $1 million in goods and services purchased locally or regionally.

Attaining accreditation involves intense reflection and self-assessment by the institution and allowing peers from across the nation to lead a formal review to be judged superior in all areas.

Jacksonville residents can take great pride that their local cultural institution is a national leader and in a class with America's premier museums.

The authors:

- Ford M. Bell is president of the American Association of Museums.

- Maria Hane is executive director, Museum of Science & History.

Do you believe that when the blue jay or another bird sings and the body is trembling, that is a signal that people are coming or something important is about to happen?


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That's great but can they update the whale exhibit please?


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^^save the whale!
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I do like MOSH, but a lot the exibits could be updated. I feel like they have had the same stuff in there since I was a kid.