I took these photographs a few weeks ago while visiting the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) here in Jacksonville.  Coming from the Washington, D.C. area and the college town of Gainesville where art and history museums are free to the public, I still have a hard time understanding the whole concept of having to pay to enter any kind of museum.  Their prices are reasonable, I guess, but $5 Fridays is the way to go.  Especially when Tonka the Alligator Turtle is “hibernating for the winter” and rambunctious children who yell for their parents who, in turn, yell back at their children (in extremely closed-in exhibits) disrupt any kind of relaxing afternoon you might have planned…or even expected. 

It’s a museum, people, not the Superbowl.  And it’ll be a long time before I go back.


About Dena

I'm a suburban Clevelander by way of Oklahoma City, by way of North Florida, by way of Southern Maryland, by way of Upper Michigan, by way of Northern Italy, by way of Lower Michigan, by way of Texas. Because of living in so many places, I have something in common with almost everyone I meet. I love reading, writing, and American history (especially reading or writing about American history). I'm interested in culture of place, historical trauma, and writing about the kinds of histories most people don't know about.
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2 Responses to orbs

  1. Corey Frye says:

    Yay, orbs! NYC’s museum system always seemed fair to me: if you agree to take funding from the city then you’re required to offer a pay-as-you-wish admission at all times. I spent many an amazing afternoon in the Met Museum of Art for all of 25 cents. Makes a great starving artist date night!

  2. Dena says:

    I was just in love with the museum in Gainesville (University of Florida has a wonderful setup). Elle and I wandered through the art museum and then spent another few hours in the natural history museum where the were having a Butterflies of the Rainforest exhibit. Wow! That was better than the zoo! Beautiful, humongous butterflies roaming free. I would certainly go back for that!

    Elle visited DC with my folks last summer. She is a straight-up Nerd in Training and can’t wait to go back to the museums. One day, when she’s a bit older, I’ll take her to Tampa to the Holocaust Museum. So much to see, so little time!

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