JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – MOSH is excited to announce an exciting line up of shark-themed programs to coincide with its summer exhibit, Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived.
The exhibit, which opens May 24, tells the remarkable story of a prehistoric shark that ruled the seas. Visitors will be in awe as they walk through a full-sized (60-feet-long) sculpture of Megalodon. As they travel through the nationally touring exhibit, they will discover the shark’s history, diet and reasons for extinction and will explore the role Megalodon still plays in art, literature, music and film.
MOSH will host a variety of programs ranging from an overnight camp-in, Snoozing with Sharks, for families to MOSH After Dark: First Coast Sharks for adults. The entire line-up is as follows:
May 24 – Grand Opening of Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you thought T. rex was big, wait until you meet Megalodon! MOSH will celebrate the grand opening with a beach-themed party that will include a Beach Boys Cosmic Concert, hula hoop and limbo contests, shark-themed arts and crafts, and visits from Jacksonville Beach lifeguards and fossil collectors from Coastal Fossil Adventures. Aspiring paleontologists can also unearth shark teeth in the always-popular dig pit. So, grab your hula skirt and best tropical garb and head to MOSH for a fun-filled day! Activities included with Museum admission except for Cosmic Concert which is $5 per person.
June 14 – Archaeology Road Show – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Do you have a mystery object? Bring it to our panel of scientists for identification. Panelists will include Dr. Barry Albright, paleontologist; Dr. Harry G. Lee, malacologist; and Dr. Jeremy Stalker, marine scientist. The Archaeology Road Show is included with Museum admission. Please note, this event is for informational purposes only; dollar values will not be assigned.
July 14-18 – Swimming with Sharks: MOSH Summer Discovery Camps – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It’s shark week at MOSH! Kindergarten through fifth grade campers will wade into the waters of learning to find out all they can about sharks from the prehistoric Megalodon to the present-day Hammerhead and Great White. $195 per week; MOSH Members receive a 20% discount. Register at www.themosh.org.
July 19 – Snoozing with Sharks – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Spend the night at MOSH and get exclusive after-hours access to MOSH’s summer exhibit, Megaladon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived. Cost is $35 per person (adult required) and includes a late-night pizza snack and continental breakfast, time to explore the Museum, rooftop access and a Planetarium program. Members receive a 20% discount. Registration coming soon to www.themosh.org.
July 31 – MOSH After Dark: First Coast Sharks – Doors Open at 6 p.m.
This special edition of MOSH After Dark will feature UNF shark researcher James Gelsleichter for a discussion on the sharks that swim in First Coast waterways. MOSH After Dark is a fun series of adult programs presented each month. Admission is $5; MOSH Members receive a 20% discount.
Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived was produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, with support from the National Science Foundation. The exhibit is sponsored locally by The Barco Family Foundation, BUZZ, Clear Channel Radio, The Florida Times-Union, Jax4Kids.com, Clifford Jeremiah, KPMG, Dr. Harry G. Lee, and Suddath. It will be on display at MOSH May 24 through September 14, 2014.
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 students, active and retired military and seniors; and $6 for children ages 3 through 12. There is no admission fee for children 2 and under or museum members. Admission is $5 on Fridays. Learn more at themosh.org.