Tonca’s 54th Birthday Celebration

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Tonca’s 54th Birthday Celebration

July 25, 2020 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am

Tonca is turning 54 on Saturday, July 25! Our adored Alligator snapping turtle has been MOSH’s unofficial mascot since 1994. This is the only day of the year that Tonca is removed from MOSH’s Hixon Native Plant Courtyard! Come celebrate with us at MOSH!

Help support Tonca and his friends and experience different levels of interaction on his big day!

VIT (Very Important Tonca) Experience

$35 Adult | $32 Youth
$20 Member Adult | $18 Member Youth *

Check-in for the VIT Experience at 12:45 p.m. at the entrance of Creation Station, 1st Floor.

Guests will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with Tonca during his annual weigh-in and checkup at 1 p.m. in our Creation Station exhibit! The experience will include:

  • General Admission
  • Party hats to wish Tonca Happy Birthday
  • Complimentary seating
  • A Q&A session with one of our Naturalists who takes care of our unofficial mascot
  • A special animal encounter with Tonca’s friends

Buy Tickets to VIT Experience

“Tonca Take-Off” Livestream Experience

$23 Adult | $20 Youth
$8 Member Adult | $6 Member Youth*

Check-in for the “Tonca Take-Off” Livestream Experience at 12:30 p.m. at the entrance of the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium in the Space Gallery, 2nd Floor.

See the Livestream of Tonca’s weigh-in and checkup at 1 p.m. on a whole new level in our Bryan-Gooding Planetarium! The experience will include:

  • General Admission
  • A multisensory music experience as laser lights and high-def images collide
  • Tonca Through the Years Video Montage
  • Larger than life livestream viewing of Tonca’s annual checkup

Buy Tickets to “Tonca Take-Off” Livestream Experience

*Members please note, you will be required to verify your MOSH Membership upon arrival. Please have your membership card when you check-in with Guest Relations.

Included with General Admission

  • Animal Encounters — 10:30 a.m. | 4:30 p.m. @ Florida Naturalist’s Center
    Turtle Conservation
    Come meet the different members of North Florida’s turtle family! Our Naturalists will tell you how everyday citizens like you can help protect our turtles and their habitats.

PLEASE NOTE: MOSH will only allow 10 people in the Florida Naturalist’s Center per Animal Encounter.




July 25, 2020
6:00 am - 10:00 am
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1025 Museum Circle
Jacksonville, FL 32207 United States
(904) 396-MOSH