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Museum of Science & History plans $80m expansion: MOSH 2.0

Museum of Science & History MOSH 2.0 $80m expansion Jacksonville

The Museum of Science & History in Florida is planning an $80m project to renovate and expand its Jacksonville Southbank building: MOSH 2.0.

MOSH, a combined science and history centre, has released details about the expansion. The attraction revealed that in 2015-16, MOSH served nearly a quarter of a million students and visitors.

However, the centre noted that there’s a demand for more dynamic and creative access to online and technological platforms for interactive, experiential learning.

As such, the Museum of Science & History plans to expand and reconfigure the campus, and transform the museum experience for audiences.

MOSH 2.0 plan

  • Significantly expand MOSH’s campus.
  • Adjust the entryway to the river side of the property.
  • Enhance MOSH’s range and capacities for exhibits, installations, programming, educational alignment, and research and training opportunities.

The museum will completely restructure and renovate its existing 77,000-square-foot building, making room for more exhibits and a range of new experiences that will be housed in the environmental, cultural, and maker galleries.

MOSH also plans to adjust the entryway to the river side of the building, creating a seamless flow between indoors and outdoors.

The total anticipated cost of the renovation and expansion is $80 million. MOSH will seek a combination of public and private revenue streams, with the goal of raising $20 million in community support.

MOSH launched a capital campaign called MOSH 2.0: Expanding the Capacity to Inspire Innovation in January.

Jacksonville Landing aquarium

Also in Jacksonville, nonprofit group AquaJax are hoping to open a new state-of-the-art First Coast Aquarium.

AquaJax have put together an artist rendering of the First Coast Aquarium, which would boast 150,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, as well as a 4D experience and boat excursions on the St. Johns River.

Currently, the attraction is still in planning. AquaJax hopes to locate it on the site of the Jackson Landing.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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