Artist's rendering of the new MOSH site at Hogans Creek and the St. Johns River | MOSH, submitted

MOSH surpasses $40M fundraising goal required for Northbank move

Published on July 1, 2024 at 3:43 pm

The Museum of Science & History announced on Monday it has surpassed its fundraising goal requirement of $40 million outlined in the development agreement with the city of Jacksonville for the future site of a new museum.

The MOSH Genesis capital campaign launched in 2020 and has since received support from private, corporate and public entities.

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“We are grateful to every supporter whose contribution has brought us to this first major milestone. Building a project of this magnitude requires the unity of an entire community. Looking ahead, we are committed to raising additional funds from both private and public donors. To all future supporters who will join us in the years ahead, we welcome you to this exciting next phase of the MOSH Genesis campaign,” said Jill Davis, the MOSH Genesis capital campaign chair and vice chair of the MOSH Board of Trustees.

Recent commitments to the project include $10 million from CSX; a $5 million appropriation from the state of Florida in the 2024-2025 budget; and gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.

“Our team at VyStar Credit Union is proud to be the first corporate donor to publicly support MOSH’s capital campaign. Since announcing our donation of $2.5 million in 2020, many of our peers across Northeast Florida’s business community have joined us in pledging their support for this visionary project,” said VyStar President/CEO Brian Wolfburg, who also serves on the MOSH Board of Trustees.

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MOSH has operated in its current location on the Southbank of Downtown Jacksonville since 1969. The Museum’s operations have since outgrown the 33,000 square feet of usable exhibit space, and the building of a new, state-of-the-art museum will significantly expand the organization’s capacity to serve more students and visitors year-round. Plans for the new Museum of Science & History comprise approximately 130,000 square feet across three floors.

“With this requirement successfully satisfied, we are now setting our sights on the next steps in the project. We are continuing work on the building’s design, exhibits and interactivity with its future setting at the Shipyards,” said Alistair Dove, CEO of MOSH. “As we enter the next phase of the capital campaign, we will continue to engage our community for their support and input on this significant endeavor. My heartfelt thanks go to the MOSH team, our capital campaign committee and Board of Trustees, and our community advocates for their unwavering dedication to this landmark project.”

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