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Museum of Science and Industry Tampa

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Museum of Science and Industry
4801 E Fowler Avenue
Tampa
FL
33617
Tel: (813) 987-6000

Where are we going today?

Ever had someone tell you science can't be fun?  Well....you are about to prove them wrong!

The Children's Science Center at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa is the largest children's science center in...wait for it...the NATION!  That's HUGE!

It's a fun, and interactive not-for-profit community based center purely to allow kids and their families to enjoy, learn, understand and appreciate science.  

There are over 10,000 sq feet of playful and fun interactive exhibitions on the science behind life - such as natural disasters, and the world of humans.  Yes - that means you!  You can uncover all the scientific secrets that make you who you are - from the moment you were born until you're very very old!

Get active on the Sky Trail Ropes Course which features 36 elements and a 12 - 36 foot high structure. You know you want to!

The Slippery Science exhibit allows kids to learn about friction, physics and reaction time, and Mission: Moonbase is a super cool area located in "Kids In Charge!" where you can immerse yourself in the wonderful world of space through reality simulations and virtual views.  Reach out and try and touch the moon!

The center is also home to the states largest IMAX Dome Theatre, and did we say there was a high-wire bicycle?  Well.. there is!

Keep an eye out for the ever changing exhibitions - it will give you a reason to keep coming back and they are not to be missed.

An educational and fun day out for the whole family. 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$22.95 (ages 13 - 59)
  • Children$18.95 (ages 6 - 12)
  • Free Under: 5
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Weekends

Open 365 days a year

Teachers corner

The museum is a great and hands on learning experience for kids. They can offer classes and programs for homeschoolers, family programs, scouts, summer camps...they have programs for all ages, including toddlers and yes, even you parents!.

I'm Hungry!

The MOSI Cafe is the perfect place to take time out from all the science fun and relax with your family, and enjoy a delicious lunch or snack. If the cafe should be shut for renovations (they are trying to make it as great as possible!) then they will provide sandwiches and drinks for you to purchase, and they have a nice group of food truck friends who come and help out! You won't go hungry!.

Need a little extra help?

The museum is wheelchair accessible, and there are automatic doors, as well as disabled parking. They have three wheelchairs available for rent on a first come first serve basis. .

Baby Facilities

The cafe have milk warming facilities, so if you need assistance with anything, just ask one of the friendly staff!.

Can I get one of those?

The Elements Gift Shop in the main lobby has a great range of one of a kind gifts, including jewelry, beautiful butterfly and ladybug items, local artist merchandise, fun rocks, fossils, and also cool gadgets and electronics. .

What people are saying?

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    I drove 2 hours to take my grandsons to MOSI on Saturday. One of the MAIN reasons was the Minecraft exhibit. After asking THREE different employees over the course of our time there, I was told to be downstairs at the main entrance by 4:00. I take my grandsons down to the main entrance as instructed, just to be told by the employee that they needed to be PRE-REGISTERED in order to participate! At no time on the 3 previous occasions did ANYONE there mention this! After wasting my time, gas, and money to go, I got to leave there with 2 VERY DISAPPOINTED...Read More

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    What a waist of time and money and we got in on a military discount. So many exhibits were not working right or broken all together. Children beating up the displays and parents too busy on their phones to stop them and no staff to say anything. It really is a shame because we need places like this where children can learn that Science is fun. Maybe they need to shut down for a while and revamp the place.

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    This was one of the biggest wastes of money we have seen since we moved to the area. The admission price included an IMAX movie and planetarium show. There was no option to just visit the museum exhibits. The majority of the interactive exhibits were either broken or cutting edge in 1980. The IMAX "movie" was nothing more than a nature show we have seen on TV, shown on the smallest, most distorted IMAX screen we have ever seen. The planetarium was small but OK. The downside was that it was hosted by a complete moron. We walked out after about...Read More

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    Brenda was so mean to a dad and his son playing (the air thingy game - "hockey") that is in front of the Theater entrance on June 31st while we were waiting to see the Panda's Movie. Wow she was so rude, she yelled at them... Never going back again and will file an official complain. If she can't work with the customers (that by visiting are paying HER SALARY) she needs to find somewhere else to work at. That was out of line and she yelled in front of at least 10 customers. What a Shame MOSI.

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    I really wanted to like MOSI. I love the whole concept of an interactive museum. The building was so cool, too. Once we got past the (super cool) Mythbusters exhibit, everything went severely downhill. The exhibits are sparse for information. The interactive exhibits seemed to all be in disrepair or very unclear in their teaching objective. I found myself wondering more than once if I had wandered into a closed portion of the museum because I was certain that nothing I was walking past could ever be construed as passable for an exhibit. It was embarrassing...Read More

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by Kimberly Cummings

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I drove 2 hours to take my grandsons to MOSI on Saturday. One of the MAIN reasons was the Minecraft exhibit. After asking THREE different employees over the course of our time there, I was told to be downstairs at the main entrance by 4:00. I take my grandsons down to the main entrance as instructed, just to be told by the employee that they needed to be PRE-REGISTERED in order to participate! At no time on the 3 previous occasions did ANYONE there mention this! After wasting my time, gas, and money to go, I got to leave there with 2 VERY DISAPPOINTED grandkids! BEWARE if you are going for a specific reason do your homework, NO ONE at MOSI will givie you any pertinent information!!

by Josh Stamey

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This was one of the biggest wastes of money we have seen since we moved to the area. The admission price included an IMAX movie and planetarium show. There was no option to just visit the museum exhibits. The majority of the interactive exhibits were either broken or cutting edge in 1980. The IMAX "movie" was nothing more than a nature show we have seen on TV, shown on the smallest, most distorted IMAX screen we have ever seen. The planetarium was small but OK. The downside was that it was hosted by a complete moron. We walked out after about 10 minutes. This place has a lot of square footage filled with flea market left-overs. Save your money...

by Corey Fields

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I really wanted to like MOSI. I love the whole concept of an interactive museum. The building was so cool, too. Once we got past the (super cool) Mythbusters exhibit, everything went severely downhill. The exhibits are sparse for information. The interactive exhibits seemed to all be in disrepair or very unclear in their teaching objective. I found myself wondering more than once if I had wandered into a closed portion of the museum because I was certain that nothing I was walking past could ever be construed as passable for an exhibit. It was embarrassing to bring relatives visiting from out of town to this bore of a cash-waste. Unless you can get some kind of killer deal, I would steer clear. I feel bad because we need places like this! But this place out-dated by over a decade, and nothing really works the way it's supposed to. Sorry, guys.

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