Exploring the Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville

By: Carrie McLaren


The Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville  (MOSH) is one of our favorite places to go. Growing up in Jacksonville, I have so many great memories going there as a child and I love experiencing it with my own children too. 

One of my girls’ favorite areas is the Florida Naturalist Center.  It’s a great place for kids to see snakes, lizards, birds and even baby alligators up close. Each of the animals can be found in the state of Florida  on our last visit, the naturalist introduced the girls to a baby possum. How’s that for a neat learning experience?

While you’re there, be sure and ask about Tonca the turtle – he’s MOSH’s 47-year-old alligator snapping turtle.  You’ll usually find him in the outdoor atrium in the nature center hiding under a lily pad. 

I’m a Northeast Florida history buff, so I enjoy spending time in the Currents of Time exhibit.  You’ll take a step back in time and see how the Timucuan Indians settled in the area, learn about the large military presence in Jacksonville and relive the excitement of Super Bowl XXIX in 2005. 

In the coming weeks, I’ll have a video blog to share with you of our adventures.  For now, check out the Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville web site for a full list of events, including the planetarium schedule.  There are so many great things to see and do there!  

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