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Signature Exhibits

Connecting to Collections

Signature exhibits feature the Museum’s collection and collaborative community-based partnerships. MOSH’s Guest Curator program highlights relevant and current topics, significant research and collections through presentations offered by local experts and institutions. Signature exhibits are designed to add depth and a local voice to core or traveling exhibits, programming or current community topics.



Through February 2016


For one shining moment Jacksonville was “The Winter Film Capital of the World”. Film producers left the cold winters of the north and reveled in the sunshine and scenery of Jacksonville.


At the height of Jacksonville’s film industry it was home to over thirty film studios including those that would become MGM and Fox. Actors came to Jacksonville to be transformed into stars. Politics, war, and a changing industry pushed the film business out of Jacksonville by the 1920s. Jacksonville has flirted with film in the intervening decades and as new mediums and options open up, Jacksonville is ready for a revival.

Image: Florida Theatre and staff; Courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory




Through January 2017


MOSH is excited to celebrate the opening of 130 Years of Service: The History of the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department. This exhibit is presented in partnership with the Jacksonville Fire Museum while its facility undergoes restoration.

Built in 1902, The Jacksonville Fire Museum was constructed to replace the original Station 3 that was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1901. For more than twenty years, the building served as an active fire station housing firefighters and horse-drawn fire wagons.

You are invited to take a trip back in time to discover how the history of the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department shaped the overall history of the city of Jacksonville. This exhibit will feature an antique pump wagon, historical photos and other artifacts.