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Questions & Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? Let's find the answers together! Check below for more common questions about MOSI, our programs, experiences, and more. Don't see the answer you need? Give us a call at (813) 987-6000 between 10 am-5 pm daily.

Before Your Visit

Where is MOSI located?

MOSI is located in northern Tampa, just across the street from the University of South Florida on Fowler Avenue. MOSI has been an integral part of the community at this location for over forty years.

What ages are recommended?

MOSI is a great place to visit for all ages, with activities and programming for kids, families, and adults alike. The primary age range for most exhibits and programming is K-8th.

How big is MOSI?

MOSI’s main entrance and exhibit path are located in the building labeled “Welcome Center” where guests will find access to the labs and classrooms, outdoor Science Park, Zydeco Brew Werks, and the MOSI Dome (reopening in 2024). Maps and directions for camp buildings and other outdoor attractions can be found at the retail desk inside the main entrance.

How long should I plan to spend visiting?

While the exhibits can be enjoyed over the course of a few hours, by participating in additional experiences such as planetarium shows, ropes course, educational programming, a round of mini-golf, or a stop at our restaurant Zydeco there's enough to do that you can extend your visit throughout the whole day.

Where do I park?

Parking at MOSI is always free, with plenty of room in our main lot and overflow parking you don't have to worry about getting a spot. See our hours and directions page for a campus map.

Hours & Directions Page

Planning Your Visit

When is MOSI open?

MOSI is open daily from 10am-5pm. We are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Please be aware that campus gates lock after hours.

What are the food options?

MOSI has an onsite restaurant, Zydeco Brew Werks (hours may differ). There are also cold drinks and snacks available for purchase from the MOSI Marketplace.

Is MOSI wheelchair or stroller accessible?

MOSI's entrance and exhibit paths are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Wheelchairs can be rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see the accessibility page for more details.

Accessibility Page

Can I leave and return the same day?

Yes, please check in with the ticketing counter before leaving to make sure you receive proof of re-entry.

Is outside food and drink permitted?

Yes, MOSI also offers refillable water bottle stations. Food is only permitted in the lobby or outside, not along the exhibit path.

Buying a Ticket

How can I buy tickets?

You can purchase general admission tickets on our website or at the front desk box office. Discounts or special offers can only be applied in person.

Purchase Tickets

Do I need a ticket if I am a member?

Yes, members do need to check in at the main box-office upon arrival to receive their complementary tickets. Please have a valid photo ID. Check the membership page for more details.

Membership Page

How do ticket add-ons work?

Tickets for additional experiences, such as planetarium shows, ropes course, mini golf, or VR, can be purchased in-person or online. Some experiences may only be available at specific times or may be modified due to weather.

Purchase Add-ons

Groups & Field Trips

How can I book a group or field trip?

Groups and field trips must be scheduled in advance in order to receive group rates. Please see our Groups and Field Trips page to request a quote or email us at for details.

Groups & Field Trips Page

Where do groups enter?

For most large groups and field trips, students can be dropped off at the group gate rather than the main doors. A MOSI greeter will meet you at the group entrance to review your schedule and greet your students as your lead chaperone checks in at the main box office.

What is our group's schedule?

Our reservations team sends your group a general schedule at booking, and our group greeters review your schedule upon arrival. Programming time is fixed to accommodate multiple schools each day. Please call us at (813) 987-6000 if your group is experiencing a delay.

When do we eat lunch?

Feel free to schedule your lunch at a time that suits your group, but please consider any pre-existing program schedules you have booked. MOSI provides unrefrigerated carts for students to store lunches from home.

Where can we eat lunch?

There are tables in the lobby, but the most spacious options are the picnic tables in our outdoor Science Park. Please see the Dining and Retail pages for more information on our in-house restaurant and snack options.

Dining & Retail Page

Events & Programs

What kind of programs and events does MOSI offer?

MOSI offers a wide variety of programming for students, families, and adults. These include field trips, camps, workshops, member events, adult events, family nights, outreach programs, and more.

Can we host a private event at MOSI?

Yes! Many of our standard MOSI programs, like birthday parties, scout workshops, or overnight camp-ins can be reserved for a private group. MOSI also offers venue/space rentals and events by special request, see venue rental page for details.

How do I book a private event?

For private program bookings, please refer to our Programs and Events page for details, or email us at For venue rentals or special events, please see our venue rental page or email

Where can I see upcoming programs and events?

Check out our calendar page for the most updated information on upcoming programs and events.

Event Calendar

Does MOSI have any programming for adults?

Yes! MOSI offers a wide variety of programming for adults in addition to families. For example, our adults-only Science After Dark, Uncorked Creativity paint and sip nights, team building, and more. Check our calendar for details.

Adult Events

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