Science can be a frightening word, particularly when it's listed under "cause of death" and followed by three exclamation points. Overcome your fear of knowledge with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a family membership to the Museum of Science & History in Jacksonville (an $80 value). The membership includes:
- Free admission for one year for up to four people
- 10% discount at the museum store
- Discounts on camps and birthday parties
- Invitation to exhibit openings
- Free admission to more than 200 other museums around the world
- Half-price admission to the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, the largest single-lens planetarium in the world
The Museum of Science & History's extensive collection of educational and entertaining exhibits fortifies inquisitive minds of all ages. The family membership opens a treasure trove of discovery to families of four, who are free to view, touch, and eat the museum's many interactive displays as well as explore the adjacent planetarium, which screens a variety of space-themed films throughout the year. The museum hosts a cast of rotating, sophophobia-vanquishing exhibits, such as the currently running Savage Ancient Seas, which features a collection of prehistoric marine-creature skeletons. With each membership comes the opportunity to participate in the Association of Science-Techonology Centers' passport program, which grants free admission to more than 250 science museums worldwide, allowing jet-setting science buffs to chase elusive knowledge to the ends of the earth.
Museum of Science & History
Culled from samples found in her own backyard, Madge Wallace exhibited her first small naturalist collection in her New Riverside School classroom in 1910. Her museum relocated to a Victorian mansion in the decades to follow before settling on its current location on the south bank of the St. Johns River. Known as Museum of Science & History since 1988, the facility currently hosts changing and core exhibits that feature towering marine skeletons and interactive stations strewn through a mock digestive tract where visitors learn about bodily functions. At Currents of Time, history buffs can amass nuggets of local knowledge as they trace Jacksonville's history to more than 12,000 years ago. Elsewhere, The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium's 35,000-watt sound system enthralls guests at Cosmic Concert laser shows every Friday night, and monthly MOSH After Dark sessions educate adults with hands-on workshops and scientific lectures.