Learning about science in a museum is safer than experiencing it first-hand by accidentally ingesting a science textbook. Embrace science with today's Groupon for a general admission ticket to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) on East Fowler, just south of the USF campus. Choose from three options:
- For $10 you get one Adult (ages 13-59) general admission ticket (a $21 value)
- For $9 you get one Senior (ages 60+) general admission ticket (a $19 value)
- For $8 you get one Child (Ages 2-12) general admission ticket (a $17 value)
Boasting more than 450 interactive exhibits, MOSI gives kids and adults a massive mad scientist’s laboratory where they can mix science and technology into an educational Frankenfun monster. Disasterville takes visitors through 10,000 square feet of high tides and gale force winds as they discover how extreme weather works and what to do in the event of a hurricane. Astronomy shows at the Saunders Planetarium lay bare the mysteries of the cosmos, such as “Who killed Cassiopeia A?”, while MOSI's High Wire Bike suspends death-defying visitors 30 feet above ground on a 98-foot-long steel cable—combining circus thrills with the total safety of a counterweight system. The BioWorks Butterfly Garden ushers visitors into a delicate ecosystem where flitting giant swallowtails and galloping zebra longwings flutter freely through the air all around you, occasionally swarming your head and arranging themselves into hats. MOSI also hosts the IMAX Dome a massive screen spanning audience members' entire field of vision.
Tampa's Museum of Science & Industry—also known as MOSI—has all the answers; even to questions you hadn't thought up yet. What would it be like to live on the moon? Head over to Mission: Moonbase for a detailed simulation. What did the night sky look like in the distant past and what will it look like in the future? The Saunders Planetarium can conjure the starscape of any era. These are just two of the museum's 450 hands-on activities, which also include The Amazing You—an interactive exhibit that explores the process of human development—and the BioWorks Butterfly Garden.
All of these activities feed into the nonprofit, community-based museum's mission of making science fun and accessible to curious citizens of all ages. It is home to a massive children's museum, a water treatment facility that doubles as an exhibit on marshy ecosystems, and an IMAX dome theater—the only one of its kind in Florida.