Explore MOSI

Explore MOSI

Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry – we call it MOSI for short – is a scientific playground with more than 100 hands-on activities!

Guests can lie on a bed of nails, build a robot, explore optical illusions, challenge themselves with hands-on brain puzzles, explore another world in our NASA-funded Mission: Moonbase lunar colony, touch the future in Connectus and learn about planets and our solar system in the Saunders Planetarium.

MOSI's innovative exhibits urge you to ask questions and expand your mind. We show you how cool curiosity can be and spark conversations about the world and the future among kids and their grandparents, between spouses, and with strangers. There’s no other place like it in Tampa Bay!

MOSI is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Admission for the day can be purchased at the Admissions Desk upon your arrival.

General Admission to MOSI's permanent exhibits is:

$12.95 per adult (13 - 59)

$10.95 per senior (60+)

$7.95 for children (3 - 12)

FREE for children 2 and under

Look below for more information on MOSI's permanent exhibits and add-on activities!

MOSI Campus Map

Dinosaurs Around the World at MOSI (Extended through January 1st!)

This summer MOSI invites guests to travel back in time on a dinosaur adventure and tour an Earth very different from today — a time before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and greenery was the norm in Antarctica. With advanced animatronics and immersive design elements, you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles as it comes to life!

MOSI's Summer Exhibit: Dinosaurs Around the World invites you to grab your prehistoric passport to Pangea and discover how plate tectonics, land bridges, and volcanic activity allowed dinosaurs to disperse to all corners of the globe, giving each of the seven continents its own unique selection of these giant reptiles.

Entrance to Dinosaurs Around the World is included with MOSI admission.


A Look Inside

Peek into the human body to discover how nutrition, fitness, medicine, and technology make a healthier YOU!

Use your brain to play a game of Mindball and take on a life-size version of Operation.

Try on a pair of Drunk Driving goggles to see how alcohol consumption affects your vision and coordination.


Come face-to-face with the future, using new technologies and ideas not yet available to the public. This major new exhibit will bring you face-to-face with the future. Constantly updated and unlike any other science center exhibit in America, in Connectus you'll get hands-on with tomorrow and discover how innovators put STEAM skills to use in real life. As you enter Connectus, you will experience a tunnel full of floating questions about our world and our future, and then emerge into an open space with interactive display platforms. Each display will showcase a different innovative development happening right now in the Tampa Bay region, Florida, or the U.S. that is on the verge of transforming our lives. It’s an experience you can only see – and touch – at MOSI. Share your ideas and questions with the partners, so feedback from MOSI’s guests exploring Connectus will help drive development of these new technologies and provide new, fresh ideas for future innovation.

How do scientific ideas apply to improving our everyday lives? How will the interconnectivity of our ideas, our data, and new technologies shape our future? How does a brilliant idea get researched, developed, improved, and then shared with the world? You will discover the answers in Connectus.

Dinovations Lab

With a total length of around 90 feet (27 meters), the diplodocus is the star of MOSI’s Dinovations Lab, a Jurassic-themed exhibit that invites guests to explore the world of paleontology, the science of prehistoric life, in a base camp setting.  Besides featuring one of the largest dinosaurs of all time, MOSI’s Dinovations Lab will tap into the excitement of dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages with PaleoLab investigations, crawl-through challenges, dino-themed animation in Fossil Films, and an opportunity to touch actual dino poop. Dinovations Lab will inspire a love for the mystery and wonderment for an incredible time on our planet when dinosaurs ruled and mammals drooled!

Mission: Moonbase

Step through an airlock and get immersed in NASA’s true vision for living on worlds beyond Earth.

Learn how to cultivate your own food and water supplies in a lunar colony.

Explore the Moon's surface and collect samples to analyze.


Create something amazing in MOSI’s makerspace and fab lab! From building robots to ordering electricity to obey your commands, our team of inventors and tinkerers have hands-on projects waiting for you every day. Idea Zone® is home to different themes and projects each month, so there's always something new to see and do at MOSI!

We invite all of our guests to spend some meaningful time together building something new. Drop in during your visit to MOSI and take on exciting projects in Idea Zone® that are included with your MOSI admission!

 I Wonder...

What? Why? How?

Get curious about the basics of physics, optics, geology, and math.

Lie on a real bed of nails, move a giant pendulum using nothing but magnets and challenge a friend and test your strength in a game of Tug-o-War.

The Saunders Planetarium

Discover the stars and gaze in awe at the Universe as you tour the night sky with a MOSI astronomer!

Lean back as we turn off the lights and use our state-of-the-art star projector to simulate the night sky from any place on Earth, at any time in the past, present, or future!

Take a tour of the night sky, guided by one of MOSI’s expert astronomers, and gaze in awe at the Universe as you discover the stars and planets.

Check our Daily Calendar for scheduled show times.

*Planetarium Shows are an add-on experience. Tickets are sold at the Admissions Desk on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional $5 per person.

Sky Trail® Ropes Course

Conquer your fears on this 36-foot-high multilevel structure, featuring 35 different elements. The course is designed with challenging high-energy feats ideal for all ages. For added safety, once you "clip in" and connect your harness to start the course, you won't detach it until you are back on the ground.

Hours are subject to weather conditions. The Sky Trail Ropes Course will be open additional hours during holidays and school breaks.

Check our MOSI Calendar for the schedule and our Sky Trail Ropes Course page for details and requirements.

*The Sky Trail Ropes Course is an add-on experience. Tickets are sold at the Admissions Desk on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional $7 per person.

Virtual Reality Simulator

Are you a thrill seeker? Travel to another world in MOSI’s Virtual Reality Simulator!

Experience a spacewalk on the International Space Station or an underwater adventure among prehistoric creatures in 360 degrees

Guests must be 42” or taller to ride

*The Virtual Reality Simulator is an add-on experience. Tickets are sold at the Admissions Desk on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional $8 per person.