Traveling exhibition featuring six themed and immersive environments,
each with engaging areas to explore and interactive activities to educate visitors
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 22, 2018) – Let your imagination run wild as you become a National Geographic explorer and embark on an epic adventure to discover new species, study animal behavior and learn about the important roles technology and innovation play in making and documenting these discoveries. The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) hosts a highly interactive, hands-on exhibition, National Geographic Presents Earth Explorers, which allows visitors to learn and use methods employed by National Geographic explorers in the field.
The exhibition, opening on May 28, features six themed and immersive environments, each with engaging areas to explore and activities to entertain and educate visitors. The six areas: Base Camp, Polar Regions, Oceans, Rain Forests, Mountains & Caves and African Savannas bring the unparalleled adventures of National Geographic to life. Visitors will learn about the daring men and women who venture into dangerous and remote parts of the world to discover new places, help protect our planet’s biodiversity and unearth new scientific discoveries.
“Earth Explorers will provide an opportunity for everyone to experience the wonders of our planet, to realize the fragility and interconnectedness of its natural ecosystems and to understand the importance of environmental stewardship,” said MOSH curator Paul Bourcier. “This exhibit is going to be an amazing experience for everyone. It features not only immersive environments and engaging interactive displays, but it also utilizes augmented reality (AR) to bring various animals to life inside the exhibit through our guests’ phones and tablets.”
Community First Credit Union, based in Jacksonville, is the exhibit’s presenting sponsor. The funds from Community First help underwrite the exhibit’s costs.
“We are thrilled to continue our support of MOSH and present this interactive exhibit,” said John Hirabayashi, CEO and president of Community First. “This family-friendly show is a wonderful opportunity for learning, exploration and cultural enjoyment.”
In the exhibition, visitors will explore an Arctic cabin and test their ability to live in an ice-covered world. Visitors will also descend into the deep ocean in a 3-D submersible and explore how life is formed at varying depths, even coming face-to-face with a great white shark. They will identify incredible insects from the Amazon; learn the benefits of biodiversity; ascend into the thin air of the Himalayas; and soar in a hot air balloon over the savanna while learning about the life of elephants and other mammals.
Guests will start their adventure by climbing aboard an off-road vehicle like those used by filmmakers and scientists in the field. The vehicle will contain video monitors showing actual footage captured by explorers in the ecosystems featured in the exhibit.
CHILL: The Polar Regions
Guests will experience life on ice in Earth’s extreme polar regions. Covered with icicles, battered by winds and harsh weather, an Arctic cabin invites hands-on discovery about surviving and thriving in the polar regions. Assemble the right mix of protein and carbs in “What’s for Dinner?” Watch a polar bear pace outside a window and flip through an explorer’s notebook to learn first-hand survival strategies from photographer Paul Nicklen. Guests can compare their own “thermogram,” heat loss signature, to a polar bear’s and test out how well different gloves protect their hands from the chill of an ice plate. Additionally, guests will learn about penguins and other species native to Antarctica.
DIVE: The Oceans
Guests will find out if they can handle life under pressure in the oceans eco-zone, where they will descend into the deep in a replica 3-D submersible. Mysteries of life under pressure and at great depths are revealed through stunning National Geographic videos. Guests will learn the science behind submersibles and how life forms at varying depths. They will get up close and personal with AIR JAWS, an 11-foot long sculpted great white shark—one of the ocean’s oldest and most misunderstood predators. Guests will also learn about underwater creatures’ hunting habits through the use of a Crittercam.
TREK: The Rain Forests
Guests can hang out in a prep tent for a fun, self-guided discovery about life in the tropical rain forests—the wet, wild and wonderful ecosystem that provides much of the air we breathe, safeguards Earth’s incredible biodiversity and may well hold the key to new life-saving remedies. Guests can try their hand at identifying incredible insects and get “grossed out” with realistic creepy-crawlies while discovering the benefits of biodiversity.
CLIMB: Mountains and Caves
Guests descend closer to the Earth’s core and ascend to its highest peaks. They can climb a mountain and learn about the animals that make their homes there and explore a crystal cave featuring an activity that will allow users to touch and illuminate a selection of crystals. They will meet Carsten Peter, an explorer who takes on Earth’s most challenging caves to share photographs with the rest of the world. Then, ascend into the thin air of the Himalayas, but they will have to be careful as they might get caught by a camera trap, the same technology used by explorer Steve Winter to capture photos of the elusive snow leopard.
Guests can take a hot air balloon ride to witness “Life On the Move.” Through seamless video production, surround sound and other atmospheric effects, guests will have the sensation of flying over the savanna where wild herds still roam. Next, they will put their animal tracking and migration mapping skills to the test through an interactive activity matching scat samples with the animals that produced them. They will also meet explorers who document the incredible life cycles and stories of elephants and other endangered mammals of the savanna.
MOSH will host a public opening event for the exhibition on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring the following activities: plan your own mini-expedition by using your knowledge and imagination; create your own compass rose and learn how to position yourself north, east or west in the Museum; visit with the Timucuan Parks Foundation; Museum-wide scavenger hunt; special presentation at 12:45 p.m. with a Museum Naturalist; and The JEA Science Theatre presents Wild Weather! show at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
National Geographic Presents Earth Explorers is produced by GES Events in partnership with National Geographic. The traveling exhibition is supported locally by Community First Credit Union, City of Jacksonville, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. The exhibition is on display through September 9, 2018 and is included with Museum admission. For tickets and more information, visit theMOSH.org or call 396.MOSH (6674).
The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is located at 1025 Museum Circle near Friendship Park. MOSH, first chartered in 1941, inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for youth, students, active and retired military and seniors. There is no admission fee for children 2 and under or Museum members. Learn more at www.themosh.org.
Museum funding is provided in part by the City of Jacksonville and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts; Historic Museums Grants-in-Aid Program assistance provided by the Bureau of Historical Museums, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, Secretary of State.
GES Events is part of GES, a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company and a global, full-service provider for live events, producing corporate events, exhibitions, conferences, congresses, exhibits and entertainment experiences. GES Events offers a wide range of services, including official show services, audio visual, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services, and event registration services – all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Spring Fair Birmingham, MAGIC, and CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE. GES’ National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power Certified Contact Center Program℠ for the past nine years, and for the ninth year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the Nation’s Largest Experiential/Event Marketing Agency Networks. For more information, visit www.ges.com.
About National Geographic Traveling Exhibitions
The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good.
It is one of the world’s leading organizers of large-scale, traveling exhibitions. Since it launched “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” in 2004, National Geographic has organized two more Egyptian-themed exhibitions, “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” and “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt.” Other traveling exhibitions include “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology,” “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution,” “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment,” “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul” and “MONSTERFISH: In Search of the Last River Giants.” Since 2012, National Geographic Traveling Exhibitions have been seen by more than 35 million visitors. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.
About Community First Credit Union
Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 126,000 members and with assets of $1.6 billion. Community First has 18 locations and 300 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout the First Coast.