Children under 3 enter free.
We went when one of the floors was closed down for getting ready for a new exhibit but it's not that big anyway. It is nice and has free parking. There is history display that is really nice. The kids enjoyed it. There are several hands on experiences that the kids enjoyed and a small indoor playground with a picnic table.
MOSH presents a wonderful opportunity for children to explore and enjoy all of the activities that are there. I love taking my granddaughters and they eagerly participate in all of the possibilities. There are puppets to use, planetarium shows, and science presentations. The history of Jacksonville is well explained. Admission is reasonably priced.
We have been to the Museum of Science and History twice and were disappointed both times. There were very few exhibits on the main floor and several were not working. The exhibits would have been interesting if they were working though. We thought that it was just a fluke so we tried it again hoping things would be working. The situation was the same the second time. There is an interesting display that is designed to look like you are walking through a whale. The top floor is all small exhibits behind glass. There are photos, artifacts, and models but nothing that most small children find interesting.
MOSH is a very good experience for children ages 8 or 9 and up. There are many exhibits to explore. Also, there are many extras that you can pay for. If you are taking preschoolers or early elementary aged children, I would suggest buying tickets to the child planetarium show. The sun comes out and talks about the solar system. It is very entertaining for young audiences. However, for the most part, the MOSH is geared for older students.
While my 20-month-old daughter enjoys the Toddler play room, the other exhibits at MOSH generally do not hold her interest. The Toddler Room is fun, with the large tree, the toys, and the fantastic water table. The fish aquarium holds her attention for a few minutes. The NE Florida wildlife exhibit will interest her if the animals are cooperating that day. None of the other exhibits really hold her interest.
I don't recommend this museum for toddler. I had to try hard to find things for my son to do to keep him stimulated while we were there. It is probably much more interesting for kids who are older. It is a bit dated as well. From time to time they have special exhibits that sound interesting but we will wait until our son is school aged to take him back.
This is a great museum! It is filled with a lot of really cool attractions. It is a little pricey to take a younger child. There is not a whole lot that they can do. There is a great indoor playground that the toddlers can play on though! The playground is very hands on. It is also in a great location to make a day out of the event and do a picnic park nearby!
We just went to MOSH today for $5 Fridays. There were lots of people there, but it was not uncomfortably crowded.
The museum is small, but it is alot of fun. There is a small kid's play area, which the kids seem to love. The featured exhibit changes regularly, but there are several permanent exhibits as well. The ocean exhibits are my 5 year old's favorite part. He also enjoyed the human body exhibit. The Currents of Time exhibit is my favorite. It shows Jacksonville from the time of the Timiquans to present day.
The featured exhibit today was Narnia, which was really awesome! I also recommend Dinosaurs, which features cool animatronic dinosaurs.
The MOSH is pretty small, compared to some other cities' museums, but it is fun for the kids. My only real complaints are the cost (normally $11/adult, $9/kid 3+) and the parking, or lack thereof.
The museum is very interesting for kids of all ages and adults too. Lots of awesome displays which change frequently making repeat visits a must. The planetarium show is one of the best I have seen and even kept the interest of my four year old. A must see for Jacksonville.
My kids and I really enjoyed this place. It was a bit costly, 26$ for three of us, but worth it. We went on a Monday morning and other than a couple school classes, the place was quiet. Loved the toddler/preschool area with giant tree and water table (although my son, age 8) loved the water table too. It was very interesting and kept us moving. Only bad part their dinosaur exhibit was under redesign. Loved the "A-mazing" maze part, altantic tails was good and the Currents of Time section was fun and informational. Both my kids loved the body parts at the beginning. Will go again if we visit JAX.
This is the best museum I've ever seen for children. As soon as you enter you are greeted by a life size whale, many interactive learning tools about sea life. A classic planetarium, a Mad Science Lab/Show, other exhibits that are changed and renewed, and a beautifully detailed tour of the history of Jacksonville. Not to mention an excellent gift shop that you can browse, play, or buy if you'd like. The MOSH is set right at the beautiful Jacksonville Riverwalk and Friendship Fountain. A great place to walk or picnic before or after.
Here’s a painless way to introduce learning into a vacation. Toddlers will have fun in the two-story, play-and-learn tree house in Kidspace. (How nice! They provide rubber aprons and a hand dryer for playing in the waterworks.) Everyone will be fascinated by the Atlantic Tails exhibit, where the kids can see the skeletons, listen to the voices, and track the migration patterns of whales, dolphins, and manatees.
The Florida Naturalist Center showcases fish, turtles, baby alligators, and other live creatures. Tonga, a twenty five-pound alligator snapping turtle lives in the courtyard. Hands-on stations demonstrate principles of vision, sound, electricity, and motion. History exhibits upstairs scan the early settlement of the St. Johns River and northern Florida’s Civil War days. The museum also hosts special programs, planetarium shows, and live animal demonstrations.