MOSI, the Museum of Science and Industry, is packed with enriching educational presentations and simulation in the most entertaining way imaginable. It is a learning experience for both kids and adults. MOSI is reasonably priced and easy to find, located in Tampa, Florida, across from the University of South Florida. Tampa has MOSI, beaches, Busch Gardens, and other attractions making it a wonderful week long vacation. Add MOSI to your agenda for your most fun learning adventure ever.
Disasterville is a 10,000 sq ft area encompassing simulations of towns and areas of natural disasters including floods, hail, thunder, lightening, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, and volcanoes. These simulations aren’t Mickey Mouse. I was impressed by some of them. A few of the smaller children in the simulations were frightened to tears. This is a great place to learn about the weather through safe hands-on experience. There’s even a hurricane simulator that up to three or four people can fit in and experience hurricane force winds over 80mph.
WeatherQuest is an area especially for kids by Disasterville. It allows you to roam an actual news station studio with green screen and all. You can even sit at the news desk and see yourself on the television screen.
The Diplodocus Dinosaurs is an exhibit of the tiny-brained, forty ton sauropods. Sauropods are herbivorous and can grow 3-5 stories in length.
The High Wire Bicycle is 30 ft of the ground and a kid favorite. You are harnessed to a bicycle on a 1-inch steel cable wire as you pedal across nearly 100 ft. It’s not a far ride, but it is forever to someone afraid of heights!
The IMAX dome has a 10,500 sq ft screen. It uses technologies with a huge film frame that produces premium quality clarity. Its sound system is amazing and it keeps up with current films. You can pay for the movie in addition to your ticket or separately.
Kids in Charge! isn’t as frightening as it sounds at MOSI. This is the most hands on area and adults can play too. There are difficult mind puzzles, like how to balance over a dozen screws on one. They also had a bed of nails to lay on, illustrating the effects of distributed mass versus mass on one single sharp point. They also have a moon walk, weight wheels, and much more. This leads to the gift shop which has science experiments to take home, MOSI gear, and other souvenirs.
DaVinci the Genius is one of the most impressive displays I’ve ever seen. MOSI changes certain exhibits periodically. The DaVinci exhibit did an excellent job of covering a myriad of his endeavors. It gives a basic history and shows a biological video in a screening section. Popular pieces of his artwork are display. The Mona Lisa is broken down extensively for you. It shows you an original color print, infrared, black and white, and present day views.
The DaVinci exhibit also showed original notes and sketches concerning his work on flight and motion. They have replications of what his designs would have looked like. Many of his designs evolved into modern day products.
MOSI is filled with more than I could say or that can be absorbed in a single day. Travel to Tampa and check it out!