March 27, 2020 Update
A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT
A few short weeks ago the MOSH team of staff and volunteers began planning for COVID-19 and since that time, our planning and activity has evolved rapidly. We quickly became acquainted with working remotely and deploying our teams to virtually serve the new needs of our community.
MOSH team members reached out to nearly 250 families that know us through our camps and education services to hear their ideas on a range of subjects – from pricing for online programming, to program format and topics, and comfort-level with technology.
Here’s some of what we heard:
- Families want programs to be fun, and not feel like school
- MOSH Members should receive the programming at a discount or for free
- Families are interested in this type of programming
- Kits should be available to support the lessons
This has guided us in shaping our online programming to meet the emerging needs and expectations of our community. Yesterday we launched our first on-line exhibit, Science Behind the News: Viruses and will be introducing MOSH Connect on April 1.
MOSH Connect is our first digital endeavor into bringing our engaging educational Museum experience to the home. It will utilize recorded video content, step-by-step at-home science and history lessons, and opportunities to interact live with our Educators during online live sessions (coming soon).
We care deeply for our members, donors, volunteers and community and are focusing our resources on connecting with you in a meaningful way. Our members can expect to hear from our Guest Relations personally over the next few weeks. Members will receive a phone call or email from Wanda, Kenneth, Elise or Sean. If we don’t have your phone number, you will receive an email from Dana. We want to hear how you are doing and learn what you expect from us and, if you are interested, we want to hear your stories to share with others.
Finally, I want to share that MOSH is doing everything possible to uncover relief aid – federal, state and local – to keep our staffing intact at their current levels and the facility operational to reopen as soon as it is safe. With our doors closed, this is a monumental challenge without the revenue we receive from admissions, school groups and outreaches, store sales, special events and programming. We need your help!
Your support, at any level, will not only stabilize the Museum but it will drive the creation of new education and lifelong learning resources to meet a growing community need while we all self-isolate. Here’s how you can help:
CURBSIDE MOSH STORE
Our curbside MOSH Store to pick up at home science kits and MOSH merchandise.
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COVID-19 — MOSH CLOSED
The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is temporarily closed. All Museum events and programs are canceled or postponed until further notice. For specific information about the events that have been affected, please visit our Event Cancellations web page.
We believe it is important to do our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and protect the MOSH community and the Jacksonville community as a whole.
MOSH is monitoring COVID-19 and following the recommendations and practices of government and public health agencies. Our closure dates may change as the situation evolves.
We look forward to welcoming our valued guests back to the Museum soon.
Continue to monitor this page for the latest information on Museum operations. You can also monitor our social media channels, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you have any questions or concerns about the Museum’s operations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.