MOSH-Jacksonville

Our latest and greatest adventure in search of some family fun took us to Jacksonville, Florida for a quick day trip. There we visited the Museum of Science and History. The museum is commonly known as MOSH. We had a great day exploring the exhibits! There is something for everyone here!

The many featured items included a replica Allosaurus Skeleton, a touch tank with sea creatures, snakes and reptiles, a science lab with live demonstrations, a planetarium, an elaborate display on Jacksonville’s history, and a 3D topography model.

The great thing about MOSH is that it was very interactive. There always seemed to be some kind of device to use or educational game to play for the kids.

The First Floor

The first room you come to after the main lobby, is themed to teach children about aquatic life in the ocean, specifically in Florida’s coastal waters. There is a tool that uses echolocation to measure distance, like a dolphin. There is an actual size Right Whale and calf. Several aquatic specimens are preserved for kids to explore. This is also where the MOSH staff conducts a program involving the touch tank. During this program children are allowed to reach into the tank and touch various sea creatures such as sea snails and the like.

Beyond this room is the Allosuarus skeleton and the live animals exhibit. Gopher Tortoises, King Snakes, several Turtles, an Indigo Snake, and a few live birds can be seen in the animals exhibit. All the animals featured can be found in Florida. The commitment to Florida specific exhibits is found in just about every display, which was quite admirable.

The 2nd Floor

On the second floor we found a large area for the kids to play in. There was a 3-D topography simulator, a mini golf play area, several educational games, a radar gun to measure how fast you can throw a baseball, and lastly the planetarium. A viewing at the planetarium is included with every admission. There are three scheduled shows that you get to pick one of. We really enjoyed our time watching the timeless “Two pieces of glass.”

The Other Exhibits

MOSH has several exhibits that are on display only on short term basis. On the 3rd floor we found an area featuring the many boroughs in the City of Jacksonville. The theme was to educate children on the complexities of building infrastructure and social inclusion in a community. On the first floor, on your way out through the gift shop, is a great interactive display on how the human body functions. Finally, there is a small outdoor pond with freshwater and Alligator snapping turtles swimming around. It is a nice area to learn about the plant life found in Florida and get some fresh air.

The Science Theater

We were able to attend a live science experiment lab program put on by one of MOSH’s staff members. Our presenter did a great job of presenting some awe inspiring science demonstrations. She was very engaging and really made the science fun for the kids.

Things to know about MOSH

  • The Museum has a lot of school field trips visiting and will typically be busier on weekends.
  • There are pay parking garages near MOSH. Behind the Museum is the parking lot for the River City Brewing Company Restaurant. Their parking is conveniently located near the main entrance to MOSH. Parking is restricted to restaurant guests only but is free. We told the attendant we were planning on going to MOSH and then to the restaurant for lunch so he let us right in. There is no validation on the parking so if we changed our mind then there wasn’t going to be a fee. We recommend you park here. This may be more difficult on busy weekends.
  • We did have lunch at River City simply due to the convenience factor. The food was great and we sat outside on the patio. We had a great view of the St. John’s River and the Jacksonville Skyline.
  • Stop by Friendship Fountain between River City and the museum for some great photos.
  • There are several picnic tables near the fountain so bringing your own lunch is an option for saving a few dollars.
  • Everyone in our family had an enjoyable experience but MOSH is ideal for ages 11 and under, specifically.
  • The planetarium was worth seeing multiple shows.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking around.
  • MOSH opens everyday at 10 a.m.
  • There are several hotels in the area if you need to stay. Staying outside or away from Jacksonville’s downtown district would be the less expensive way to go.

MOSH Jacksonville

Our latest and greatest adventure in search of some family fun took us to Jacksonville, Florida for a quick day trip. There we visited the Museum of Science and History or MOSH, as it is commonly known. We had a great day exploring the exhibits! There is something for everyone here!

The many featured items included a replica Allosaurus Skeleton, a touch tank with sea creatures, snakes and reptiles, a science lab with live demonstrations, a planetarium, an elaborate display on Jacksonville’s history, and a 3D topography model.

The great thing about MOSH is that it was very interactive. There always seemed to be some kind of device to use or educational game to play for the kids.

The First Floor

The first room you come to after the main lobby, is themed to teach children about aquatic life in the ocean waters off the Florida coast. There was a tool that uses echolocation to measure distance, like a dolphin. Next, we found an actual size Right Whale and calf on display and several aquatic specimens preserved for kids to see and explore. The most noteworthy thing in this room is the touch tank exhibit. MOSH staff conduct a program involving the touch tank that allows children to reach into the tank. The kids were able to touch sea snails and anemones, for instance.

Beyond this room is the Allosaurus skeleton and the live animals exhibit. Gopher Tortoises, King Snakes, several Turtles, an Indigo Snake, and a few live birds can be seen in the animals exhibit. At MOSH, there is a commitment to displaying exhibits directly related to the state of Florida. For example, all of the animals on display at the museum are native to to the state of Florida.

The 2nd Floor

After that, we made our way to the second floor where we found a large area for the kids to play in. This level has a topographic map simulator, a mini golf play area, and several educational games. Additionally, a throwing booth with a radar gun is setup so that your kids can test their best fastball. Hence, we spent a large amount of time on the second floor playing. Finally, you will come to the planetarium.

The planetarium has three scheduled shows each day. Therefore, your family can choose one of which to see. Each paid admission includes a visit to the planetarium! We really enjoyed our time watching the timeless “Two pieces of glass.”

Other Exhibits at MOSH

MOSH certainly has several interesting exhibits. Moreover, some are only on display for short term basis. On the 3rd floor we found an area featuring the many boroughs in the City of Jacksonville. The theme was to educate children on the complexities of building infrastructure and social inclusion in a community. On the first floor, on your way out through the gift shop, is a great interactive display on how the human body functions. Additionally, another good option is a small outdoor pond with freshwater and Alligator snapping turtles swimming around. This area is a good place to learn about the plant life found in Florida. Lastly, it was just nice to get some fresh air.

The Science Theater

Certainly, one of the coolest things we did was attend a demonstration at the Science Theater. This lab program, put on by one of MOSH’s staff members . Our presenter did a great job of presenting some awe inspiring science demonstrations. She was very engaging and really made the science fun for the kids. An example of this was when she performed a controlled explosion with a 5 gallon water bottle and alcohol. The kids loved it.

Things to know about the Museum of Science and History

  • The Museum has a lot of school field trips visiting and will typically be busier on weekends.
  • There are paid parking garages near MOSH. Behind the Museum is the parking lot for the River City Brewing Company Restaurant. Their parking is conveniently located near the main entrance to MOSH.
  • The parking is restricted to restaurant guests only, however, it is totally free. We told the attendant we were planning on going to MOSH and to the restaurant for lunch, as a result, he let us right in.
  • Also, parking at this lot has no validation so if we changed our mind then there wasn’t going to be a fee. We recommend you park here. This may be more difficult on busy weekends.
  • We did have lunch at River City simply due to the convenience factor. The food was great and we sat outside on the patio. We had a great view of the St. John’s River and the Jacksonville Skyline.
  • Also, stop by Friendship Fountain between River City and the museum for some great photos.
  • There are several additional picnic tables near the fountain so bringing your own lunch is an option for saving a few dollars.
  • Everyone in our family had an enjoyable experience but MOSH is ideal for ages 11 and under, specifically.
  • The planetarium was worth seeing multiple shows.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking around.
  • MOSH opens everyday at 10 a.m.
  • There are several hotels in the area if you need to stay. Staying outside or away from Jacksonville’s downtown district would be the less expensive way to go.
  • The Jacksonville Zoo is another great day trip for a family visiting the city!

National Civil War Naval Museum

Our family loves museums! The National Civil War Naval Museum is fascinating. My poor kids have a history buff for a father and so while visiting F.D. Roosevelt State Park, we made the drive into Columbus to check it out.

What an amazing place we found! There were so many exhibits, including the wreck of an actual ironclad! It was huge and there was even a framed mock-up that gave you some appreciation for the actual size of the vessel! Outside the museum are several cannons and a sailing ship that can be explored.

The kids completed a scavenger hunt that was provided on site and really enjoyed the exhibits. Dad was so enthralled that he had to literally be pulled away from nearly every placard and display. Here are some great photos of the kids exploring the museum.

A Great Family History Trip!

The various ships on display are extensive. There are actual size versions of the famous ironclad ships, the USS Monitor and the CSS Albemarle. There is also a replica sailing vessel named the USS Hartford. The ship is cut away below decks and visitors can tour life aboard the ship from the level of seaman and even the captain’s quarters.

The museum has a very extensive collection of flags from both the Union and the Confederacy. You could even see bullet holes and battle damage from their time aboard these fighting ships.

The CSS Jackson

By far the main attraction of the National Civil War Naval Museum is the wreck and mock up of the Confederate ironclad, the CSS Jackson. There is an entire wing of the building that features this nautical construct.The ship was actually built in Columbus, Georgia! When Union Cavalry entered the city it was burned to the hull and set adrift down the Chattahoochee River where it sunk. The vessel was recovered in 1961 and eventually housed in the museum.

Things to know!

  • Children 6 and under get in FREE.
  • Aduts are $7.50 and Students are $6.00
  • The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. Open Sunday 12:30 p.m to 4:30p.m.
  • The CSS Abermarle is open to explore. Kids can get a great idea what the inside of an ironclad gunship was like by climbing aboard.
  • The Sea Witch exhibit has closed for repairs.
  • There is a great gift shop on site. It had several books on Civil War Naval history.
  • Columbus, Georgia is hot in the Summertime. If you visit during this time of year, bring plenty of water and dress comfortably. We always fill a couple of Nalgene bottles before going anywhere in Georgia.
  • The building is air conditioned and is great for escaping the heat after viewing the outdoor exhibits.
  • Request the scavenger hunt sheets at the front desk.

Great books for adults on Civil War Naval History!

Great books for KIDS on Civil War Naval history!

Museum of Aviation-Robins Air Force Base

A Free museum!

Visit the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia! This doesn’t happen very often. A totally awesome, action packed, and educational experience! Best of all, it was totally FREE! There is absolutely no charge for admission!

The museum is filled with hundreds of real aircraft on display. There are plenty of real life cockpits for the kids to climb inside and imagine themselves flying in the wild blue yonder! The artifacts, exhibits, and educational offerings are amazing for a place that doesn’t cost a dime. We could literally get nose to nose with the aircraft and the kids were encouraged by staff to touch! How often does that happen? We had an amazing time and think you will too.

About the museum

The Museum of Aviation is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though it is closed on major holidays. You will need most of this time, as there is just so much awesomeness to see. This place was flat out inspiring!

There are three buildings and thousands of items on exhibit linked to aviation. Planes from the modern age, WW2 bombers, and several helicopters were on display. I cannot say enough about the resources offered. There are a few self guided tours and the museum engages kids by offering coloring pages and scavenger hunt handouts from their Kid Zone, on the second floor. Most of these resources can be downloaded here before you go, saving time.

The kids were able to really get up close to several of the exhibits and experience what it was like to fly the aircraft. We were lucky enough to be on site for a event that had several Air Force pilots in attendance. Our children engaged a couple of the guys standing around in their flight suits. The pilots were very friendly and answered several questions for them. This was not part of the museum, just a kindness by the servicemen. I regret not getting photos. Always be ready with a camera is what I am learning after several missed opportunities.

We did get some great fun pictures of the family exploring the place though. Check out the pictures from our adventure below.

What to know about The Museum of Aviation

  • An easy drive from Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia, Warner Robins is a good size town, centrally located, just outside Macon, Georgia. Most every major restaurant chain is present here. Finding food will not be a problem.
  • Since the museum is FREE, coming and going throughout the day is not a problem. Break for lunch anytime and then come back.
  • Occasionally, there are events like a food truck rendezvous that will have food vendors in the parking lot.
  • There are several hotels nearby such as Best Western, Choice Hotels, and perhaps even consider a vacation rental.
  • Parking is also FREE!
  • Bring Water! Fill a couple of Nalgene bottles before you go. It can be quite hot in the Summer months with so many outdoor exhibits.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and DO bring a stroller for little ones as there is a good amount of standing and walking around.
  • There are several picnic tables outside the museum. Packing a lunch and eating onsite is a budget friendly option that is easy enough to do. The picnic tables were mostly shaded and comfortable.
  • There is a great gift shop with several books, magnets, and stickers.