While at the Museum of Science and Industry, guests are encouraged to dive deep into the fascinating world of science and technology by conducting their own research, asking questions, and engaging in imaginative speculation. Beginning with elementary concepts in physics, mathematics, and other scientific disciplines, the exhibitions eventually move on to more complex and general topics.
A life-size game of “operation” is a fantastic opportunity to teach kids about the human body and how science and technology are helping people live longer, healthier lives, and it will be a lot of fun for them to take part in as well. Visitors may get their hands dirty in the Idea Zone, while the Connectus demo station gives them an early look at cutting-edge gear.
Also on exhibit is a miniature replica of NASA’s vision for human habitation in space, and guests will have the chance to test their mettle against all kinds of severe climate conditions. Exciting extras include a ropes course, a full-scale replica of the Mercury spacecraft, and an IMAX theater.
Near 1962, Hillsborough County provided funding to build a children’s museum in Sulphur Springs, which is when MOSI was founded. The Museum of Science and Natural History was a popular destination for families looking for science-related activities and exhibits for their kids and themselves. The Hillsborough County Museum was established in 1967 under its current name, which was changed from an earlier one. In 1976, under the guidance of the Hillsborough County Museum’s advisory council and the museum’s staff, construction began on a new museum in North Tampa, FL that would eventually become the Museum of Science and Industry. The museum’s construction was completed in 1980, and it first welcomed visitors in January of 1982.
The IMAX Dome Theatre, large permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a planetarium, and a public library were all part of the 190,000-square-foot science complex that opened in 1995. Extra renovations were done in 1996, 2001, and 2005. In addition to being the largest scientific museum in the southeast, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) ranked fifth in the country.
In August of 2017, the MOSI closed 85% of the building, including the IMAX cinema, to cut expenditures. Many exhibits were removed, and those that remained were relocated to the former “Kids in Charge” section of the museum.