JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Museum of Science & History is hosting an “out of this world” Sci-Fi Day. The event will take place on June 23 and activities will run throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All activities are included with museum admission.
Since its creation, science fiction stories have sparked the imaginations of people of all ages. Science fiction has often been the inspiration for many to study science, mathematics and engineering. And what was once considered science fiction has become today’s science fact. MOSH’s Sci-Fi Day celebrates the genre of Sci-Fi through popular film, literature, television and pop culture.
Storm Troopers, Starfleet officers, Klingons, droids and more will be available for photos and autographs throughout the day. The Jacksonville Public Library will feature Sci-Fi reading lists and Steampunk crafts for kids. Memorabilia from sci-fi franchises, including a life-size Tardis from Dr. Who and Captain Kirk’s chair from Star Trek will also be on display. Other program partners include the 501st Garrison, Rebel Legion, Starfleet International Jacksonville and Orlando, International Plastic Model Builders Association and Project Farragut. Planetarium shows presented that day will be narrated by characters from popular science fiction movies.
In addition, there will be three special presentations in the planetarium:
- 11 a.m.: “Science Fiction or Science Fact,” Dr. Mike Reynolds, Dean of Liberal Arts at Florida State College at Jacksonville
- 1 p.m.: “The Physics of Light Speed and Warp Drive,” Tom Webber, Bryan-Gooding Planetarium Director
- 2 p.m.: “Science Fiction and the Night Sky,” Brett Jacobs, Bryan-Gooding Planetarium Senior Educator
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 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for active and retired military, $8 for children ages 3 through 12. There is no admission fee for children 2 and under or museum members. Admission is $5 on Fridays. For more information, visit www.themosh.org.