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Museum of Science and Industry
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Ranked #29 of 196 things to do in Tampa
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Owner description: Explore a World of Possibilities at Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry with more than 450 hands-on activities, plus Florida’s only IMAX® DOME Theatre, five-stories-tall and offering a higher resolution than any other theater in Tampa; It is more than a movie, it is an experience. Brave extreme weather conditions inside Disasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, and explore the stages of life in The Amazing You exhibition. Gaze into the starry night sky in MOSI’s Saunders Planetarium, and don’t miss exploring the outdoors in the BioWorks Butterfly Garden and MOSI Backwoods. Kids get to run the show at MOSI’s Kids In Charge!, the largest children’s science center in nation, while kids of all ages get a rush from MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course and Zip Line.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 3, 2013

We took our 11 year old granddaughter there. We liked the "Amazing You" floor the best. It was about the human body. Very educational and interactive. The first floor exhibits are worth a look and most instructors were very helpful, especially the ham operator who helped our granddaughter speak to someone in Vermont. He spent a lot of time with her and was a great teacher. However the weather attendants (also on the first floor) did not seem to know how to address the computer issues she was having exploring the hurricane weather forecast.
Outside you will find a ropes course and zip line which she thoroughly enjoyed. Worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Didn't actually go to the museum. Watched a feature length movie in the IMAX theater (The Hobbit). The screen was absolutely huge. The wide, panoramic scenes were awesome, but the close-ups were too close. Nevertheless it was still pretty cool.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We purchased a family pass this year after not having been to MOSI in a long time, and it was definitely worthwhile. If you have younger kids, the Kids in Charge area is great, lots of activities including an outside playground to keep their attention. For older kids and adults, the 'disasterville' area and the human body exhibits are extremely interesting. Our 5 year old is freaked out by all of the anatomy displays, but other than that it's all good. They also just opened a ropes course and zip line, haven't had the chance to do that yet but I'm looking forward to it. Throw in one of the best IMAX theaters around and great special exhibits such as Bodies and the recent Mummies exhibition, and it's well worth visiting. If you live in the area I also strongly suggest the annual pass, it gets you in to many other places besides MOSI for either free or discounted pricing!

3  Thank mkjava
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We went last weekend, for the Festival of Chocolate. They wanted $22 for each of the adults regular admission, and $18 for my two year old grandson, so I just went ahead and bought the family pass, with the IMAX, which got us $10 admission to the Festival, with my grandson being free. The Festival, which is one of their biggest events, was so-so...certainly not worth the $22 fee, and barely worth the $10 fee, because everything there costs more money! (They make you buy "coins" for $1 each, and then things are priced in "coins" - as in a chocolate covered strawberry is 4 coins and a cupcake is 5 coins....not cheap...). We went into some of the museum exhibits, and they were not appropriate or interesting for the two year old. We will visit some of the IMAX movies, and see how he tolerates those, but I probably wouldn't purchase that add-on next time. We will also probably come back and visit the bouncy house thing - although I believe it costs money over and above the museum admission as well.

The only reason I did the family membership was because of some of the reciprocal perks - there is a list on the membership page - like Sunken Gardens in March etc.

MOSI really needs to tear down the exhibits one by one and retrofit them, with more interactive explanations, and things for the younger kids. I feel like they are geared towards school field trips, with guides, and bus parking, and not towards individuals.

Parking was horrible - not sure if it was just for the Festival or not, but we had to park very far away in an un-mowed field, and had to travel through the sand pits to get there - with a stroller. There were no sidewalks, and we were DIRECTED to walk on the grass to get to the entrance they wanted us to use - no way around it. And we were trying to exit the parking lot with the stroller, and the only paved area was the place where the barriers went up and down, and cars were coming in that same place - very dangerous, very poorly designed.

And for a facility that is supposed to be for children, why the single tiny elevator for three floors? Holds maybe two strollers at a time? We carried the stroller down a flight of steps rather than stand in that line again....again, bussing in field trips, rather than a family that includes a smaller child.

So - we will return, for an IMAX movie and a bouncy thing, to get our money's worth from the membership, but I seriously doubt this will be a multi-year thing.

If you are a tourist? Nah, don't bother.

4  Thank DebPNorcross
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

We took our nephew to MOSI in Tampa to have some family time with him. What a disappointment most of the museum was. May items were not working and the noise level made it impossible to hear the majority of audio information provided with the interactive program. We have been to museums all over the world. This was not even close to any other we have visited. They need to spend some of the money they make on ensuring things work as well as putting a little more thought into a substantial number of the exhibits. They seemed low tech and amateurish at best. Hard to believe they actually call this a museum.

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Shannon H, Manager at Museum of Science and Industry, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Thank you so much for your feedback regarding your visit to MOSI. We really appreciate you letting us know that you had some issues, and I am so sorry for the inconveniences and problems you experienced. As a hands-on, interactive museum, MOSI’s exhibits take on a lot of wear and tear every day, but keeping our museum maintained and beautiful is one of our top priorities. If you could let me know specifically which exhibits you had problems with, we can get our exhibits team working on the repair as soon as possible.

Please feel free to contact me directly at 813-987-6080. Thank you again for your comments and for your visit to MOSI.

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