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.