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Every week our Executive Director, Andrew Sandall is going to share one of the many photos he's taken behind the scenes at the Museum since he arrived at MOAS almost eight years ago. We hope you'll enjoy hearing some of the stories of what has gone on during these past few years of growth and expansion and seeing some sights that only our staff were around to see. 
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"For me, I think that in the planetarium, that students particularly, but people of all ages, who get the chance to come will be inspired to learn, and I think they'll be inspired to learn in a really fun way. The more education is fun and the more it's inspiring, the better job it will do with our children, and the better job we'll have as a future", Nancy Lohman.
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The Fragile Beauty collection features a fresh rotation of rarely displayed pieces of fine porcelain, glass, and ceramics hand selected from MOAS storage. This curated collection features works of decorative art ranging a several centuries and countries of origin. The majority of the pieces were crafted between 1775-2003. Famous manufacturers such as Limoges, Wedgworth, and Meissen are featured among this collection, all of which are still in production today. The fun thing about decorative art is that it is an extremely collectible form of art.
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What is STEAM? STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, ARTS, and mathematics. Instead of focusing just on the hard sciences, incorporating art and creativity in to teaching these subjects has proven to help students retain information better and enjoy learning even more.
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January 28th of 2020 marks the Museum of Arts and Science’s 65th anniversary! Now home to over 30,000 objects including the Dow Gallery of American Art; one of the finest collections of American art in the Southeast, the Schulte Gallery of Chinese Art; the Bouchelle Collection and the Gallery of Decorative Arts; the Cuban Foundation Museum, showcasing one of the most significant collections of Cuban paintings in the United States; the Prehistory of Florida Gallery featuring Florida’s Giant Ground Sloth skeleton and the Root Family Museum displaying restored railroad cars, antique automobiles and the largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia in Florida. Learn more about the early history of MOAS.
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What is an extinction event? Most people do not realize that paleontologists and scientists have created certain criteria for extinction events. These events are characterized by a sharp change in the abundance of multicellular organisms and a widespread decrease in the Earth’s biodiversity. Most of the diversity and biomass on Earth is microbial and difficult to measure so these events are limited to easily observable biologically complex components of the biosphere.
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What the heck is going on with Betelgeuse?  The star with the fun name is doing some strange things. For thousands of years, the shoulder star of the constellation Orion has burned as one of the brightest in Earth’s night sky.  Over the past few weeks, however, Betelgeuse started to noticeably and rapidly dim.  Astronomers around the world have turned their telescopes towards the red supergiant Betelgeuse to make observations and perhaps understand more about stellar dynamics. 
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What better memory to cherish than marrying your life partner joined by your closest family and friends in a breathtaking museum. Museums are a sophisticated wedding venue and we’ll give you 10 reasons why the next time you walk into one, your mind should also add, “Perfect Wedding Venue” to your list of why museums are so special!