Dragons Take Over Jacksonville’s MOSH
The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is bringing dragons to Jacksonville for the summer.
MOSH is hosting “The Lost World of Dragons”, a travelling museum exhibit by Stage 9 exhibits that features seven robotic dragons that move and make sounds. The exhibit will be open in the museum from May 29 through Sept. 5.
The exhibit is the museum’s summer “creature feature,” said Jordan Greenlee, MOSH’s director of administration. He said the museum usually features dinosaurs during the summer but chose the dragon exhibit because it matches what they look for in a traveling exhibit.
“It’s based on real research, it’s cultural and a creature feature. It’s a perfect fit,” Greenlee said.
The exhibit is based on research by Adrienne Mayor, a historian and folklorist at Stanford University. The exhibit documents the folklore of dragons around the world, from the Hydra from greek mythology, to the Lung from chinese mythology.
Information is shared in the exhibit interactively. Museum guests can push and pull a bellow’s lever to learn folklore about dragon eggs. Across the exhibit, they can touch buttons that highlight what alchemists kept in their workshops. Hand sanitizer dispensers are spread out across the exhibit for people to use after each interaction.
The museum requires people older than six wear a mask. Tickets to visit the museum and see the exhibit can be purchased on the MOSH’s website.