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MOSH hires 9/11 memorial designer for Northbank museum

MOSH's vision on the Northbank
Museum of Science and History
MOSH's concept for the Northbank

The company that designed the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will design the permanent exhibits of the new Jacksonville Museum of Science & History.

Local Projects will oversee the planning, design and fabrication of exhibits in MOSH's new location in the Shipyards East area of the Northbank.

The company's work also includes cultural and educational institutions like Planet Word, the world’s first voice-activated museum; Greenwood Rising, an interactive museum that tells the story of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre; and the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.

Eric Mika, creative director of Local Projects
Museum of Science and History
Eric Mika, creative director of Local Projects.

The MOSH project "represents limitless opportunities to craft the region’s unique scientific and historical story into a dynamic, next-generation visitor experience," Eric Mika, creative director of Local Projects, said in a news release. "We were most impressed by MOSH’s commitment to reflecting the stories and perspectives of the diverse population that it serves. We’re ready to get to work."

MOSH plans about 22,500 square feet of permanent exhibition spaces after its $85 million move from Museum Circle on the Downtown Southbank.

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.

PHOTOS: See MOSH's vision on the Northbank

The museum released renderings of its dramatic new building last month. MOSH said the design, created by DLR Group in partnership with kasper architects + associates and SCAPE, 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.

Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where, as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter, @rroguski.