Located in the southern part of the State of Florida, are two prominent cities renowned for their balmy weather and unique entertainment. Both the cities of West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale boast sandy beaches and cultural diversity. With the latter being the location of the Museum of Discovery and Science. In this state of the art facility, nestled between novelty shopping, and walking distance of the popular New River and Las Olas attractions, technology at varying levels of sophistication, bring to life creatures from the deep and aerospace virtualization.
The museum in the Broward County area maintain exhibits depicting marine science, space exploration, and anthropological discoveries. Highlighting these attractions are accounts of life in the Florida Everglades, and the AutoNation IMAX Theater. No other advances in cinematography compare with the 3D reproduction of this medium, and represents the largest screen for audio visual presentation in South Florida.
The original museum was built in 1977, but demand became so great that the New Science Center was expanded in 1992 to accommodate the increasing needs of the community. Approximately 450,000 visitors make their annual pilgrimage to participate in the numerous activities available at the museum. Amongst the exhibits are the 12-foot Python and the 5-story high screen for the IMAX Theater. Students from local schools represent about 90,000 of the viewing audience regularly attending sanctioned events at the museum.
Many less prominent creatures, birds, and aquatic life forms share the complex environment, with its natural settings designed to emulate originality. Of particular interest is the Florida Ecoscapes Exhibit, which embraces the green technology concept, and provide a powerful environmental lesson. Also aligned with these concerns is the Everglades National Park, whose establishment attempts to protect the many animal species that live in the park.
River of Grass, a term coined by the Native American describes an ecosystem that is struggling with technological intrusion. A reality so daunting, that the museum of Discovery and Science became an advocate for restoration and preservation of projects affecting lifestyle in the Everglades. Within this mega complex of entertainment, exist a potpourri of exhibits including special engagement films and the IMAX integration of audio and visual.
Admission prices vary from $6.00 for children, with numerous intermediate rates, to a maximum of $17.00 for adults. The hours of operation are Monday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday from Noon to 6:00 PM. Unquestionably, the museum of Discovery and Science satisfy both a scientific and cultural need, and the foreseeable future holds tremendous promises for this incredible experience.