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Museum of Science and Industry
4801 Fowler Avenue
Tampa, 43
(813) 987-6300
Located 26.14 miles from Palm Pavilion InnMaking Science Real



The Saunders Planetarium MOSI is home to Tampa's only planetarium. Since opening in 1992, The Saunders Planetarium has shown the starry nighttime sky to more than 200,000 guests. Family shows and adult programs are scheduled throughout the day and on weekends. The planetarium staff, with the assistance of the Museum Astronomical Resource Society (M.A.R.S.), sets up telescopes and holds "star parties" Saturday evenings.

Science Works Theater
Shows scheduled daily. MOSI has journeyed back to space where we take you on an adventure in the making. The Shuttle Transport System is on a mission to bring crew and supplies to the International Space Station. We’ll hitch a ride along with them to explore living in space. Learn what it takes to get up to the ISS and discover what the astronauts are doing once they are safe and secure in their new home.  

The Amazing You
 Tour the human body in all its complexity - from DNA to cells to organs to individuals. Follow three themes in this 5,500 square foot presentation: "How We Work," "Wellness-How We Keep Ourselves Going," and "Taking Care of Ourselves When Things Go Wrong."  

The Back Woods
 Originally opened in 1992, The Back Woods at MOSI contain an unusually large variety of plant and animal communities for its limited acreage in its urban setting. Included are a sink hole and populations of protected gopher tortoises among communities of pine flat woods, turkey oak sandhills, oak hammocks, and wetlands. In conjunction with its $35 million expansion in 1995, The Back Woods were renovated with $150,000 funded using a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the "Save the Manatee" and Florida panther license plates to enhance the existing nature trails. Highlights include: An access trail for multi-able accessibility, an authentic Seminole Indian Chickee shelter/nature classroom that acts as a window to the wetlands, brochures available in English, Spanish, and German, cassette players and an audio tour, "Ecology to Go" tool boxes containing head sets, binoculars, microscopic viewers, field guides, and identification cards.  

BioWorks Butterfly Garden
 Is an engineered eco-system that emulates natural wetlands and demonstrates how the natural wetlands cleans water. BioWorks contains five hands-on components: microbiology station with microscope viewing; biology station and nutrient puzzle; botany station with magnifying glasses; engineering station with sediment settling jars; and chemistry station for pH measuirng. BioWorks also houses free flying butterfly garden. Want to learn more about water? Take a virtual field trip to the Southwest Florida Water Management District site. 

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