Travel back in time this summer and prepare to walk among the dinosaurs! Get ready to experience life-size, lifelike animatronic dinosaurs with realistic movements and sounds that can be controlled and a photo-op with a climbable T-Rex head. The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) host an interactive exhibition, Expedition: Dinosaur, throughout three floors of the Museum that celebrates and explores the fascinating world of dinosaurs.
The exhibition, opening on May 25, features a wide range of hands-on interactive experiences that include puzzles which allow guests to mix and match dinosaur species and put together Pangea from our contemporary continents. Visitors can step into the shoes of a paleontologist with interactive cabinets filled with excavation artifacts and fossils. Guests of all ages can also play around with the augmented reality sandbox to learn how Earth’s climate is affected by the landscape, and they can try their hand with the egg incubator robot, being careful not to crack under pressure. These exhibits combine education and hands-on activities to create an engaging experience for everyone.
“MOSH’s mission is to inspire the joy of lifelong learning by bringing history and the sciences to life,” said MOSH curator Paul Bourcier. “Although dinosaurs never roamed Florida (it was underwater), our local community will find great excitement in Expedition: Dinosaur and its opportunities for critical thinking and intergenerational engagement.”
Curatorial consultant for the exhibition, Dr. Thomas Williamson, is Curator of Paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. An internationally renowned scholar, he was featured on the 2017 PBS television special, "The Day The Dinosaurs Died." Throughout Expedition: Dinosaur, interactive videos featuring Dr. Williamson reveal fascinating stories of dinosaur hunting, research and technology.
“Expedition: Dinosaur is a fun, immersive family experience that offers great hands-on opportunities to learn about fascinating creatures that capture our imagination,” said Bourcier. “The exhibition includes a number of opportunities for educational play for children, and adults will learn fascinating facts they may not have known."
MOSH will host a public opening event for the exhibition on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Think like a scientist and discover what rocked the dinosaurs in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, experience extreme pre-historic weather in the JEA Science Theater and more!
MOSH will also be hosting a special concert, Music for Dinosaurs & Other Fantastic Beasts, with Cellogram and Valerie Ghent, on June 1, 2019 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Valerie Ghent joins forces with Grammy nominated Cellogram comprised of cellist Dave Eggar and drummer Chuck Palmer. Get lost in a timeless romp through the Brontosaurus Blues, T-Rex Tangos, Jurassic Grooves and other musical themes from favorite creature feature films. This visual and musical adventure is for the entire family and will take place in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium at MOSH.
Expedition: Dinosaur is created by Stage Nine Exhibitions. The traveling exhibition is supported locally by Community First Credit Union, Jax4Kids, 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 September 2, 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: Toytopia, Hall of Heroes, POPnology, The Animation Academy, Sweet: A Tasty Journey, Rock U: The Institute of Rock “N” Roll and Dinosaur Quest. For more information about Stage Nine Exhibitions, call 916.447.3623 or visit www.stageninedesign.com.