PHOTOS: See MOSH's vision on the Northbank
The Museum of Science & History released illustrations Monday of the museum it plans on Jacksonville's Northbank.
MOSH said the concept, named MOSH Genesis, was inspired by the flow of water that has played such an important role in Jacksonville's history.
Rising in terraces from the river up toward the city, a spiral circulation path links the lower level to a roof terrace above. The path connects three exhibition spaces that are central to MOSH's mission: the Natural Ecosystem, the Cultural Ecosystem and the Innovation Ecosystem.
A sheltered rooftop event terrace overlooking the river offers a 360-degree view of Downtown Jacksonville, including TIAA Bank Field and the Southbank skyline.
“Our architecture team has spent more than eight months evaluating the Shipyards property, data from nearly a decade of community input sessions and direction from the MOSH Genesis site committee. Their design is immediately recognizable and surpasses what we had imagined for the iconic museum that our community deserves,” Bruce Fafard, CEO of MOSH, said in a news release.
The images were released after MOSH’s inaugural GALAXY fundraiser Saturday. The sold-out event drew more than 500 museum supporters to a black-tie gala that generated more than $500,000 for the MOSH Genesis capital campaign.
The museum celebrated its 80th anniversary last year and has operated at 1025 Museum Circle
since 1969. But it has outgrown the 77,000-square-foot quarters and plans to build a significantly larger building across the river by December 2027.
MOSH had planned to expand its existing building but encountered construction challenges. A consultant's analysis found that a new 130,000-square-foot building on the Northbank would increase annual attendance from 175,000 to 469,000, nearly triple the museum's pre-pandemic budget and create 78 jobs.