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

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.