$85 Million Museum Planned for Jacksonville, Florida

Plans are underway for the Museum of Science & History Genesis Project (MOSH), a $85 million museum in Jacksonville, Florida. The project will provide 130,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as a new planetarium.

Financial News & Daily Record notes that construction will start by December 2023 and conclude by the end of 2026. The project’s design will be fully completed by mid-2022. Originally, plans called for an extension of the already-existing MOSH, which was built in the 1960s. Then, developers decided it was a better idea to start from scratch with a new venture.

The museum will feature various hands-on exhibits.

Florida Construction News reports that Balfour Beatty and Stellar were selected as the construction managers. Both will oversee the project’s vertical construction. Upon completion, MOSH will be the Shipyard East area’s newest museum.

The Museum of Science & History owns the project. Kasper Architecture & Development designed the venture. Conceptual renderings show interactive exhibits, an arts and crafts center, and an open-air courtyard with art installations. MOSH’s website notes that these renderings may not reflect the actual project.

The venture will reach completion by 2026.

When the new museum opens, it will accommodate 58,000 students a year (a 50 percent increase from pre-Covid numbers) and accommodate nearly 469,000 guests a year. Museum of Science & History Genesis Project is located in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County.

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