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Museum of Science & Industry

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Although this is a fun and stimulating scientific playground, at times exhibits don't work properly. When things are hitting on all cylinders, however, you learn about Florida weather, anatomy, flight, and space by seeing and by doing. A booth in the exhibit Disasterville lets you experience what a hurricane and its 78-mph winds feel like, though crowds sometimes mean a long wait. The BioWorks Butterfly Garden is a 6,400-square-foot engineered ecosystem project that demonstrates how wetlands can clean water plus serve as a home for butterflies. The SkyTrail ropes course, the museum's latest permanent exhibit, is a 700-foot zip line that starts 65 feet off the ground.

The 100-seat Saunders Planetarium has shows at noon, 2, and 4 during the week and hourly on weekends. For adventurous spirits, there's a high-wire bicycle ride 30 feet above the floor. There's also an impressive IMAX theater, where films are projected on a hemispherical 82-foot dome.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 4801 E. Fowler Ave., 1 mile north of Busch Gardens, Northeast Tampa, Tampa, FL, 33617 | Map It
  • Phone: 813/987–6000; 800/995–6674
  • Cost: $21.95
  • Hours: Weekdays 9–5, weekends 9–6
  • Website:
  • Location: Tampa
Updated: 04-24-2014

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    Fun for the kids

    Science museum with some fun exhibits (fossils, astronomy, natural disasters, etc.), especially good for kids. Also has a nice back woods area to hike.

    by bachslunch, 11/12/08

    Great place for kids

    Great stop if you have kids under the age of 15-16. Anyone older than that... not so much fun. Just see an IMAX movie instead of paying for full admission to MOSI. The IMAX is one of the huge round/globe theatres. Very nice.

    by liveforadventure, 12/28/08

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