The locals call the Museum of Science and Industry MOSI. As in Mow-Zee.
It is a massive building located across the street from the University of South Florida and its mission in life is “advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology.”
I took that from their website. The other thing I’m taking from their website is their description of MOSI because I can’t think of a more apt way to describe it: scientific playground.
MOSI has over 450 hands-on exhibits, a huge IMAX Dome theater (there are only 250 in the world and it is the only one in Florida) that plays spectacular scientific documentaries along with Hollywood blockbusters like The Hobbit, The Amazing Spider-Man, and the new Star War movies. It really is quite the experience watching a blockbuster movie on the dome, although it sometimes has trouble keeping up during the quick action scenes, but whatevs. It’s fun. There’s a planetarium, a ropes course, butterfly garden, and about a million exhibits spread out among several floors.
The museum offers excellent and popular summer science camps for kids that teach them real, hands-on science that isn’t necessarily taught in school–such as video game design or forensics. I’ve toured the museum several times and have brought my son. He loved it and I admired that such a place exists.
The museum has recently announced that they plan on moving to a downtown Tampa location. The CEO said, “In the year ahead, MOSI will move from a focus on being the largest science center in the Southeast to becoming one of the finest in North America.” To me that sounds like they are going to do some downsizing. Time will tell. In the meantime, visit the massive MOSI before it is moved. If you are reading this after the fact, well, then have fun checking out the new facility. The information below is based on the current 2017 location.
Doing it on the cheap…
There is currently a $22.89 admission Groupon available (be sure to take advantage of one of Groupon’s discount codes that frequently appears on the website’s main banner).
Groupon’s TRIO PASS lets you get admission to MOSI, Lowry Park Zoo, and The Florida Aquarium for $54.99. (Again, be sure to take advantage of a Groupon code if possible)
The Tampa Bay CityPASS allows admission to MOSI, Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for $107 (Adult) and $97.00 (Child).
If you are an annual pass holder of either MOSI, Lowry Park Zoo, or The Florida Aquarium; then be sure to take advantage of the Swaptember program, which allows free admission to the other two attractions that you are not a member of.
If you are a science nut and want a MOSI annual pass, then be sure to check out the MOSI member perks, such as their calendar of reciprocal benefits.
Location: 4801 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33617
Admission: Adult $26.95 | Child ( Ages 3 – 12) $20.95 | Senior (Ages 60+) $25.95
Hours: Mon – Fri, 10:00am – 5:00pm | Sat – Sun, 10:00am – 6:00pm