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Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Explore a World of Possibilities at Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry with more than 150 hands-on activities, Gaze into the starry night sky in MOSI’s Saunders Planetarium, and don’t miss exploring Mission: Moonbase where you can preform missions with iterative exhibits that lead to colonizing the Moon! There is also CONNECTUS, an area that showcases the technology behind many modern devices we use in our everyday life, plus get a rush from MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course. There is all of this and more at MOSI!
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Ryan
Lapeer, MI160 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
The MOSI was a very fun medium sized attraction at a fair price.
Apart from the dozens of displays and exhibits we also took advantage of the 4-d ride, for $8 pc it was a lot of fun.
I was really impressed with the depth of the space exhibit. Lots of hands on and informative displays that the whole group seemed to enjoy.
Written February 12, 2021
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DiverM
Jupiter, FL482 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
We visited Tampa and stopped here. We have an annual membership to our local science museum in West Palm which got us in for free. The museum is not as bit as it appears from the road because some of the buildings are no longer used by the museum. Anyway we enjoyed our visit and learned a lot. The planetarium is an extra 5$. The ropes course is an extra $7. We skipped the ropes course because you can only start at certain times so we would have had to wait. I would recommend planning this when you arrive if interested.

There are many restaurants nearby and you can come and go from the museum. We liked the plaza a couple blocks away with Qdoba, Einstein Bagels, and a
Mediterranean restaurant. This allowed multiple options for our group.
Written January 3, 2021
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Bob S
Brandon, FL2 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Our 8 and 10 yr old boys have been happy to return multiple times. It’s relatively small, but offers a variety of hands-on activities. If they get tired of the exhibits, there’s a great (additional fee) ropes course. More of a mature children’s museum than adult destination, but parents can enjoy with their kids.
Written March 5, 2020
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Katherine W
Tampa6 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We were there for 2.5 hours on a weekday and it was not very busy. The 4 adults and 3 school age kids in our group all had a wonderful time. I don't think it's a great place to take preschoolers though. It's meant for older kids and adults. There was a puzzle there that we couldn't figure out nor could we find the answer online so my son texted Mosi and they promptly replied with the answer. Very impressive!
Written January 30, 2020
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hcarnaby
Humble, TX114 contributions
Mar 2020
Took a four year old grandson and had a great time. As many good interactive science experiences as I have ever seen at a children's museum. Younger children would appreciate it more than the older field trip middle school students we encountered. Children get to not only touch but in some cases smell exhibits with a nice job done on space exploration. The museum is only a small part of the overall complex so I am not sure what is in the other buildings. Nice planetarium show.
Written March 8, 2020
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Steve00
Lakeland, MN124 contributions
Feb 2020
I thought MOSI was more for middle aged children than adults. Almost every display is hands-on. There were a few exhibits that I found interesting, particularly the optical illusions. Worth a visit, but I won't go back for a few years. The omni theater hasn't been showing films for about 2 years.
Written February 25, 2020
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Dreamer821347
2 contributions
Feb 2020
My boyfriend and I went for a day date. We were both excited to visit planetarium and were both disappointed. The speaker at the beginning was hard to understand and voice was very irritating. Several people got up and left. We could have watched something more entertaining and modern on the discovery channel. Activities were outdated, some I remember doing as a child 40 years ago. There is sooo much more they could do here.
Written February 16, 2020
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MrNuz
St. Petersburg, FL160 contributions
May 2013 • Business
Full Disclosure: I had free admission to the Museum as part of a seminar group that met there. I have reviewed this attraction as if I had paid the standard $22 adult admission plus $4 parking fee.

I came to MOSI with low expectations, given a number of negative reviews here. The basic Museum experience was better than expected in a number of ways. First and foremost, about 98% of the interactive exhibits appeared to be working. There were a few I noticed with "out of order" signs, but fewer than would be expected, given the constant pounding these exhibits take.

The staff were, by and large, attentive and helpful. They seemed to be mostly local college kids, with a range of engagement, depending on where they were stationed. A kid demonstrating a Van de Graaff generator was gregarious and fun, another kid stationed in the butterfly garden seemed hot and bored (doing paperwork). Most were happy to help or give guidance.

The exhibits span a range of age-appropriateness, which is why kids' visits should be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult. Some exhibits were fairly simplistic and would be enjoyed by 6-10 year olds. Others were geared toward young teens, and still others were fascinating at an adult level. I particularly enjoyed a table where you build varying structures with blocks and cross-supports, then push a button which simulates a nasty earthquake to see what remains standing. Great stuff! However, I would not bother to bring kids less than 6 here at all, unless they're a Mensa member.

Some reviewers objected to certain exhibits in the "Amazing You" (human body). I found nothing that might be objectionable, though parents might want to avoid certain exhibits with very young children, to avoid answering any embarassing questions. If you want your kids thinking that a stork brings babies, avoid this area. Some of the exhbits were a tad graphic (fetuses in jars), and could scare sensitive tots. Again: adult supervision helps.

Disasterville was great, with lots of information and exhibits about weather. Very cool stuff, simulated tornados, hurricanes, etc. WeatherQuest (participatory Bay News 9 TV weathercast) was unsupervised, which was a shame, but it is definitely a group activity anyway. The dinosaur skeletons in the lobby are impressive, especially to kids, but less so if you've seen the real thing in a major natural history museum (NYC, Peabody at Yale, etc). I did not visit the Kids In Charge area, but I heard that the Mission Moonbase exhibit is VERY cool. What kid doesn't groove on astronauts?

The planetarium and the IMAX theater (standard 1 hour docs) are included in general admission, though special exhibits (currently "Sea Monsters Revealed"), and Sky Trails Ropes Course or Zip-Line, are extra. There is a Premiere ticket available ($36 adult) that includes more stuff. IMAX movies can also be purchased a la carte for $9 standard, $12 special engagement (adult). The Museum seems a little pricey, although it is way cheaper than Disney or Busch Gardens. But you get what you pay for, and it's a fun and educational way to spend a day with your kids. It is a rip-off that they charge for parking at all.

The facility is architecturally interesting, quite modern and very large. Wear good shoes, as you'll be walking a lot. The snack bar has some slightly unusual items, but mostly of the fried and not-very-healthy variety. I brought some small snacks and water in my backpack. There is wi-fi, which worked fine, but the Museum's own website can be quite slow at times.

As for a criticism that the Museum has outdated information on some placards, this is true in a few cases, but a minor quibble. The kids' futures are not going to be ruined if they go through life thinking that Pluto is a planet, when astronomers now say it's not (and are still arguing about it). These exhibits get a lot of wear and tear, and I'm sure funding is at a premium. The fact that MOSI remains open and operational at all in these trying times is a blessing. Go with your kids and keep an open mind. I think that's what Science and Industry are all about.
Written May 15, 2013
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ruthtaf
Land O Lakes, FL19 contributions
Feb 2013
The basic cost of entry is very high in light of the exhibits that are very few and low tech and an awful lot of them don't even work. I was very disappointed! Kids in charge is a good idea but then again a lot of exhibits do not work or are not supplied with the proper materials. So many things cost extra! The bounce house and slide, IMAX, planetarium, zip line and on and on. Anything to get more money out of you. Without paying for a lot of extras you are left with a bunch of lame exhibits. We ate in the cafe there and that was very disappointing also. Ended up throwing the meal away.
Written February 17, 2013
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pcmom11
North Carolina89 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
We have visited MOSI several times however my review is strictly on their summer camp program. As a museum it's a fun couple of hours but no need to go back unless you are visiting a special exhibit and even then, wait for a Groupon, most of the one's I've been too are over priced for what you get. As for the summer camp program, most of the summer camp weeks are on average $300 for one week which is pretty pricey so for several years we held off sending our son. This year however we decided that he had earned it so we signed him up for the Mobile Game App camp week. Our total cost was $326.50 for one week (WOW) but our son had asked for years to attend a week of camp. After his first day at camp he came home disappointed. Nothing that was in the camp description was being taught and it was not on the agenda for the week. When my husband brought him to camp the second day he was told that this instructor was teaching to his strengths...essentially, they did not have someone to teach the class as it was advertised. After waiting years to attend camp needless to say we were highly disappointed that 1. we were not made aware of this ahead of time and given an option to stay or cancel, 2. that it then took 22 days to receive a refund. While receiving a full refund was nothing less than we expected, having it take over 3 weeks to process from individuals located right there in the museum is ridiculous. When I spoke to the reservationist they initially told me I would have to wait 5 weeks for a refund. I called repeatedly requesting the refund and stating that I would pick it up. It's sad to say that I would definitely not recommend the summer camp program unless you don't mind not getting what you paid for.
Written August 26, 2014
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