Are you ready to immerse yourself in the world of superheroes, crime-fighters and gadgets? Let your imagination run wild as you learn the origins of superheroes, discover the ideals that heroes uphold and push the boundaries to see what it truly means to be heroic. The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) hosts an interactive and fun exhibition, Hall of Heroes, which celebrates and explores both the history of and science behind America’s fascination with superheroes and how they impacted our popular culture throughout the 20th century and beyond.
The exhibition, opening on September 22, divides the spectrum of superpowers into four categories – powers of the body, powers of mastery, powers over the elements and the powers of gadgets. Guests are encouraged to explore these categories and test their skills through a series of engaging and interactive stations and games.
“Last year, the Museum conducted a four-round poll, both online and onsite, in which the public voted for their favorite among 16 available exhibits,” said MOSH curator Paul Bourcier. “Hall of Heroes won the competition, which isn’t surprising considering the tremendous popularity of superhero movies and television shows these days. For MOSH, the exhibition provides a great opportunity to use popular culture as a springboard for learning about science.”
Hall of Heroes features a full-scale “half” replica of Barris Kustoms' 1966 Batmobile from the TV series, Batman, along with an interactive Batcave and various other movie props, replicas and rare artifacts from past and present major motion pictures and television shows. Visitors learn about the fun and fascinating history of memorabilia and enjoy the interactive display cases that take them through a chronology of heroes, from radio to pop culture, including everything from blockbuster films to large-scale comic conventions. Guests will have several photo opportunities in the exhibition, including Dr. Who’s TARDIS and set pieces depicting Batman, Superman, Iron Man and the Hulk.
“Visitors of all ages will love this exhibition that combines science and science fiction and lets you discover your own super strengths,” said Bourcier. “There is something for the entire family, whether guests want to challenge the powers of their minds or their reflexes. The Hall of Heroes exhibit is truly a place to “Discover Your Superpowers!"
MOSH will host a public opening event for the exhibition on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring the following activities: make your own comic strip by creating a story of your very own superhero; visit with the Jacksonville Hot Wheel Club; MOSH superhero mascots Museum-wide scavenger hunt; superhero science trivia in the JEA Science Theater before each Extreme Science Show at 11:20 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 3:20 p.m.; and a special Planetarium show at 2 p.m. about the Ancient Heroes of Greece and Rome. Guests are encouraged to dress the part as their favorite superhero or supervillian!
Hall of Heroes is created by Stage Nine Exhibitions. The traveling exhibition is supported locally by A1A Solar Contracting Inc., City of Jacksonville, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. The exhibition is on display through January 6, 2019 and is included with Museum admission. For tickets and more information, visit theMOSH.org or call 904.396.MOSH (6674).
The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is located at 1025 Museum Circle near Friendship Park. MOSH, first chartered in 1941, inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for youth, students, active and retired military and seniors. There is no admission fee for children 2 and under or Museum members. Learn more at themosh.org.
Museum funding is provided in part by the City of Jacksonville and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts; Historic Museums Grants-in-Aid Program assistance provided by the Bureau of Historical Museums, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, Secretary of State.
About Stage Nine Entertainment Group
Stage Nine Entertainment Group is a full-service developer of creative, unusual exhibits for permanent or temporary display. Stage Nine Exhibitions owns, operates, and tours six internationally-acclaimed exhibitions including: Expedition: Dinosaur, Hall of Heroes, POPnology, The Animation Academy, Sweet: A Tasty Journey, Dragon’s Quest, and Rock U: The Institute of Rock “N” Roll. For more information about Stage Nine Exhibitions, call 916.447.3623 or visit stageninedesign.com.
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