Attractions

Attractions

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3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL, United States

Enjoy hundreds of exotic butterflies in a rain forest setting, witness a South Florida Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony, experience a life-size limestone cave and see a mammoth and mastodon from the last ice age.

Located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and open year round, the Florida Museum is one of the nation’s top five museums with more than 34 million specimens, including one of the world’s largest collections of butterflies and moths.

Visitors are greeted by a 14-foot-tall, 16,000-year-old Columbian Mammoth discovered in the Aucilla River in northwest Florida. Ninety percent of the bones are fossil material, making it one of the most complete ever found.

Visitors in front of mammoth

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Guided Tour Options

Join a knowledgeable Museum docent or staff member for an in-depth tour and lecture of the Museum exhibits and related areas. Available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. These tours are currently geared for an adult audience.

Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit Guided Tour

$11.50/person, 25 people max.

This tour is led by a Butterfly Rainforest staff member and lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Information provided covers butterfly identification, the life cycle, nectar plants and other food sources in the landscaping, and Rearing Laboratory operations.

Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit VIP Tour

$20/person, 12-15 people max.

The VIP tour is led by the Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit Manager and lasts approximately one hour. The tour begins with the “Wall of Wings” display and information about the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity collections, and continues through the Butterfly Rainforest with information on butterfly identification and lifecycle, and nectar plants and other food sources in the landscaping. The VIP tour ends with a behind-the-scenes look in the Rearing Lab and information about its operations.

Florida Fossils Exhibit Guided Tour

$3/person, 40 people max.

Drawing upon the Florida Museum’s internationally acclaimed fossil collections, the award-winning Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life & Land exhibit describes the last 65 million years of Florida’s history. Walk through time beginning with the Eocene, when Florida was underwater, to the Pleistocene when the first humans arrived. Piece together a mystery skeleton to learn how paleontologists use fossils to understand periods of geologic time. This tour lasts approximately 60-90 minutes.

Florida’s Indian Peoples Exhibit Guided Tour

$3/person, 40 people max.

Archaeological evidence suggests people arrived in Florida about 12,000 years ago. Since then, Florida has been home to many groups of Indians including the powerful, extinct Calusa and the Seminoles and Miccosukee of today. How do we know about these people and their environment? Try your hand at rope making and examine artifacts while searching for answers to this question in three exhibits: South Florida People & Environments, Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife and Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the America. This tour lasts approximately 60-90 minutes.

Highlights Guided Tour

$3/person, 40 people max.

Want to see it all? This special tour highlights selected sections of the Florida Museum’s world-renowned permanent exhibitions including Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life & LandSouth Florida People & Environment and Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife. This tour lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Self-Guided Group Rates

Suitable for groups that prefer independent exploration of the Museum. Community Group rates available Monday through Friday for groups of 10 or more.

Free admission* to all exhibits except the Butterfly Rainforest and Surfing Florida/Surf Science. Children under three (3) admitted free.

Exhibit Dates Adult Child (3-17)
Butterfly Rainforest Year Round $7.50 $5.50
Surfing Florida/Surf Science 8/31/2013 — 1/20/2014 $3.50 $3
Best Value! Dates Adult Child (3-17)
Surfing Florida/Surf Science
& Butterfly Rainforest
8/31/2013 — 1/20/2014 $10.50 $8

Donations are accepted; suggested amounts are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Admission donations help support the Museum’s exhibitions and education programs.

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Scout Explorations

Let the Museum be a part of your scouting experience! Sign up your Boy or Girl Scout group for a weekend program to earn part or all of the requirements for many different badges, journeys, belt loops and pins.

Boy Scouts (Coming Soon!)

Cub Scouts: Wildlife Conservation (belt loop and pin), Collecting (belt loop and info for pin)

Boy Scouts: Collecting, Indian Lore, Insect Study, Archaeology, Basketry, Bird Study

Girl Scouts

Brownies trying digging activity

Brownies:

Journeys: WOW, Brownie Quest, A World of Girls

Skill Building Badges: Bugs, Home Scientist, Senses, Inventor

Juniors:

Journeys: Get Moving!, Agent of Change, aMUSE

Skill Building Badges: Flowers, Detective, Animal Habitats

Registration Information

Available times: Saturday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2-4 p.m.; Sunday 2-4 p.m.

Each program requires a minimum of 10 scouts with a maximum of 20. The Museum requires a 10 to 1 ratio of scouts per chaperone for all programs.

A deposit of $50 is required to reserve your troop’s spot.  Fees for all participants must be paid in one payment on the day of or before the program. The cost is $15 per scout and chaperones are free*.

Refunds will be made for cancellations received 5 business days before the scheduled program, minus a $20 administrative fee. Refunds will not be made for weather-related cancellations.

* There is an additional fee for programs that utilize the Butterfly Rainforest.

Please contact Amanda Harvey with your questions or to register at aerickson@flmnh.ufl.edu or 352-273-2062.

Make sure to check the Calendar of Events for all of our scout-friendly events where you can use the experience to work towards your belt loops, pins and badges!

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Outreach Programs at Florida Museum of Natural History (All Grades)

Bring the Museum to your classroom!

The Florida Museum of Natural History currently offers five Inquiry Box outreach programs for use in the classroom. A free 45-minute educational program using artifacts and natural history objects is delivered by museum staff or volunteers to enhance science and social studies lessons or Museum field trips.

Download Inquiry Boxes Flier

Inquiry Boxes may be kept in your classroom for two (2) weeks at a cost of $25/box, allowing students to further examine the hands-on items and other materials included in the box. Teachers will be responsible for returning the Inquiry Boxes to the Museum.

To reserve an Inquiry Box and presentation, please email carlislej@flmnh.ufl.edu or call 352-273-2026.

Outreach programs Available

Florida’s Butterflies & Moths

Suitable for: All ages but geared to K-4th grade

Participants will:

  • Learn about the life cycle of butterflies and moths.
  • Learn how butterflies and moths are similar and different.
  • Examine actual moths and butterflies found in Florida and discuss sizes, colors, and body parts.
  • Gain a better understanding of how important camouflage and adaptation methods are for survival.
  • Understand that Lepidoptera have scales covering their wings.
  • Experience how Lepidoptera see with their compound eyes.

The Florida’s Butterflies and Moths Inquiry Box (a large plum duffle bag) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated teaching aids and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - Butterflies and Moths

Each shared box contains:

  • One clear plastic box containing 1 of 4 Florida butterflies
  • One box containing 1 of 3 Florida moths
  • Packet of cards for identifying the above (Within the 14 boxes, there are 7 different Florida moths and butterflies.)
  • 2 magnifying glasses
  • 2 eyepiece teleidoscopes
  • Packet of plastic life cycle parts
  • Butterfly finger puppet
  • This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Educators’ Guide & Recommended Reading

 

Florida’s Reptiles & Amphibians

Suitable for: All ages but geared to K-3rd grade

Participants will:

  • Discover the great variety of reptiles and amphibians that make their home in Florida: crocodilians, snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and salamanders.
  • Learn how reptiles and amphibians are the same and how they are different.
  • Hold a snake shed and learn why and how snakes shed their skin.
  • Learn what a tadpole is and how it is part of the transformation from egg to frog through the process called metamorphosis.
  • Discover the difference between warm blooded and cold blooded animals by using a simple thermometer.

The Florida’s Reptiles and Amphibian Inquiry Box (2 green suitcases) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, 6 replicas, word cards, laminated teaching aids and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - Reptiles & Amphibians

Each box contains:

  • Envelope A contains a real snake shed
  • Envelope B has a hands on camouflage activity
  • Envelope C contains a flat thermometer
  • Envelope D contains 6 frog metamorphosis cards
  • 2 sock puppets
  • Replica of a snapping turtle

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Florida’s Seminole People

Suitable for: All ages but geared to K-5th grade

Participants will:

  • Learn about the way of life of the Seminole people of Florida, both today and when the word Seminole first came into use.
  • Explore customs, clothing, food sources, housing, economics and government as a way to learn about these early Floridians.
  • Find out how adaptability and resourcefulness have led to the survival of the Seminole culture, after only a few Seminole escaped attempts at deportation.
  • Try on a Seminole vest or skirt and learn how the sewing machine changed the traditional clothing.

Inquiry Box contents - Florida's Seminole People

The Florida’s Seminole Peoples Inquiry Box (a black suitcase) contains books, (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated pictures and teaching aids, replicas, sweetgrass basket, Seminole doll, patchwork samples, a vest and/or skirt, and more. There is a teacher’s guide which includes a suggested approach sheet. There are many hands-on articles along with a bingo-type game.

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

 Teacher’s Guide to Florida’s Native People

This teacher’s guide may be used for Inquiry Box presentations, Inquiry Box loans and museum visits. The guide contains information on Florida’s Indian people, information on associated subjects and related fields of study, vocabulary and suggested activities. All activities are designed to integrate social studies, language arts, math and science in a unified learning experience. Permission is granted to reproduce the information and activities for student and teacher use. All guides are in PDF format.

Northern Florida’s Early Native People

Suitable for: All ages but geared to 3rd-5th grade

Participants will:

  • Investigate the lives of Florida’s early native peoples from the hunting-and-gathering Paleoindians to the farming Apalachee and Timucuan peoples.
  • Learn about their culture, community, clothing, games, houses, tools, food and trade items.
  • Find out how life changed in Florida after the arrival of European explorers.
  • Hold and explore replicas and ancient artifacts.

The Florida’s Northern Early Native People Inquiry Box (2 large royal blue suitcases) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated teaching aids and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - North Florida Early Native People

Each shared box contains:

  • Celt
  • Chunky stone
  • Owl totem replica
  • Food packet (corn kernel, pumpkin seeds, dried bean, jerky, seashell, sunflower seed, peach pit, fish bones, acorns, shark tooth, and peas)
  • Trade bag (bell, glass beads, jewelry, mica, potsherd, quartzite, seashells, shark tooth, and string)
  • 2 pieces of terra cotta clay
  • Packet with fibers for cord making

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Teacher’s Guide to Florida’s Native People

This teacher’s guide may be used for Inquiry Box presentations, Inquiry Box loans and museum visits. The guide contains information on Florida’s Indian people, information on associated subjects and related fields of study, vocabulary and suggested activities. All activities are designed to integrate social studies, language arts, math and science in a unified learning experience. Permission is granted to reproduce the information and activities for student and teacher use. All guides are in PDF format.

Southern Florida’s Early Native People

Suitable for: All ages but geared to 3rd-5th grade

Participants will:

  • Discover the people who inhabited South Florida, descendants of the Paleoindians and Archaic people who came to Florida thousands of years ago.
  • See replicas of early Indian crafts – a wooden Ivory Billed Woodpecker plaque, a mask, a hammer, a scoop and the feline statue.
  • Find out what middens (old trash heaps) tell us about diet, culture, and climate.
  • Learn how the early people made cord and rope.
  • Read a translation from Spanish records about the Calusa.
  • Handle ancient tool artifacts – points, knives, drills, and scrapers.

The Southern Florida Early Native People Inquiry Box (a large red suitcase and a small red duffle bag) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated teaching aids, replicas, artifacts, a timeline, a game, a sorting tray and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - South Florida Early Native People

Each shared box contains:

  • Sealed packet of 1000+ year old midden
  • Packet fishing gear – hook, net, net gauge, and illustration
  • Packet containing artifacts of tools with identification cards
  • Packet of fiber from which to make cord
  • Replica of the famous feline

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Teacher’s Guide to Florida’s Native People

This teacher’s guide may be used for Inquiry Box presentations, Inquiry Box loans and museum visits. The guide contains information on Florida’s Indian people, information on associated subjects and related fields of study, vocabulary and suggested activities. All activities are designed to integrate social studies, language arts, math and science in a unified learning experience. Permission is granted to reproduce the information and activities for student and teacher use. All guides are in PDF format.

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4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL, United States

Miami Seaquarium

Its Miami’s premier attraction! Its a place where dolphins fly, where fearsome moray eels lurk in coral reef caverns, where shimmering schools of exotic fish dance through underwater seascapes, and its the only p;lace where you will see the graceful beauty of a Pacific white sided dolphin combined with the awesome power of the three ton killer whale.

Its a world class marine life entertainment park with eight different marine animal shows and presentations offered each day!

Located just ten minutes from downtown Miami on beautiful Virginia Key, we offer visitors hours of fun – and it’s educational too. Across 38 landscaped acres, the marine life entertainment park provides a fun-filled mix of exhibits, shows, attractions, food and shopping opportunities that have made it a Miami institution.

Explore Miami Seaquarium

SHOWS

Shows

EXHIBITS

Exhibits

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

Animal Encounters

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Field Trips

Field Trips

Make your next field trip spectacular with a visit to Miami Seaquarium, a place where dolphins walk on water and killer whales fly through the air. Where sea lions delight children of all ages and endangered sea turtles and manatees find a safe haven. Miami Seaquarium is a place of inspiration, education – and fun!

Field Trip Presentations

With a variety of guided presentation programs, the Education Department at Miami Seaquarium® offers students and youth groups the opportunity to take a closer look at our many animals and natural creatures. Choose from a host of themes for this unique experience. And, for an additional fee, bring your students up-close to a Green Sea Turtle, touch an Endangered Manatee or feed a 500 lb. Sea Lion!

  • $3.00 – 4.00 Per Participant (in addition to admission cost)
  • Minimum 10-Person Requirement

Select ONE of these exciting themes for your presentation:

Fish vs. Sharks $3 per person

What do you think of when you hear the word SHARK? Do you imagine a man-eating creature or a gentle giant? What do you imagine when you hear the word FISH? Do you imagine a brightly colored fish that lives on the reef or a giant grouper? During this presentation we will discuss the differences between both and so much more.

Animal Interaction: Shark Feed

Class Size: 10-60 students

Endangered Manatee Expedition $4 per person

Bring your students face to face with rehabilitating manatees. Talk about reasons for endangerment, basic anatomy, evolution, and preservation of the species.

Animal Interaction: Manatee Touch and Feed Session

Class Size: 10-50 students

Sea Turtle Alert $3 per person

Get up close and comfortable with Loggerheads, Hawksbill, and Green sea turtle species. Learn how you can save these endangered reptiles as we discuss the myths and mysteries of our ancient aquatic ancestors.

Animal Interaction: Sea Turtle Feeding Session

Class Size: 10-80 students

Techniques in Training $3 per person

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a marine mammal trainer? Be introduced to a day in the life of our stars as we discuss the differences in show, play, train, and husbandry sessions. Learn how trainers use natural behavior and positive reinforcement to shape the behaviors you see in our shows!

Animal Interaction: Trainer talk with one of our animal trainers here in the park

Class size: 10-80 students

Seal Studies $3 per person

Sea Lions, Seals and Walruses, Oh My! Join in the fun as we explore more about the dogs of the sea and their amazing underwater adaptations.

Animal Interaction: Feeding Session with our Sea Lions or seals, a touch of one of our sea lions or seals, or a meet session with one of our sea lion trainers.

Class size: 10-15 students (For a feed or touch of a sea or sea lion.)

Class size: 10-80 students (For a meet session.  Students will see one of our seals or sea lions up close and get to talk to one of our trainers.)

Spectacular Stingrays $4 per person

Stingrays have gotten a bad reputation in the news recently. Come learn about the facts and the myths of these spectacular creatures. We will discuss stingray adaptations, feeding habits, and their importance to our oceans.

Animal Interactions: Feeding our Stingray

Class size: 10-60 student

For more information about our educational programs and reservations, please call the Education Department at (305) 361- 5705 ext. 207 or email us at education@msq.cc

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Boy Scout Campout

2014 Date

Saturday, March 8 to Sunday, March 9, 2014

Time: 1 p.m. – 10 a.m

Join packs from all over South Florida and explore Miami Seaquarium after dark. Camp under the stars and watch the night sky light up while participating in an exciting oceanic journey throughout the day.

The two day event offers science presentations, marine mammal shows, dinner, breakfast, snacks and animal interactions. All participants will need to provide their own tent and camping equipment.

Cost: $50 per person

Minimum of 5 people required to reserve.

One free chaperone with every 10 paying participants.

$200 deposit required at least two weeks in advance

Boy Scout Trainer for a Day

Spend the day at Miami Seaquarium® learning about our magnificent marine mammals. Get up close to dolphins and sea lions to find out how they communicate, what they eat, and how they are trained! Discover what it takes to be a Trainer for a Day!
This program includes:
  • Science Presentations
  • Marine Mammal Interactions & Shows
  • Crafts & Games
  • Lunch & Snack
  • And Much More!

2014 Date

February 9, 2014

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: $50 per person, 1 free chaperone per troop, space is limited

Girl Scout Campout

2014 Date

Saturday, April 05, 2014 to Sunday, April 06, 2014

Time: 1 p.m. – 10 a.m.

Join troops from all over South Florida and explore Miami Seaquarium after dark. Camp under the stars and watch the night sky light up while participating in an exciting oceanic journey throughout the day.

The two day event offers science presentations, marine mammal shows, dinner, breakfast, snacks and animal interactions. All participants will need to provide their own tent and camping equipment.

Cost: $50 per person

Minimum of 5 people required to reserve.

One free chaperone with every 10 paying participants.

$200 deposit required at least two weeks in advance.

Girl Scout Trainer for a Day

>Spend the day at Miami Seaquarium® learning about our magnificent marine mammals. Get up close to dolphins and sea lions to find out how they communicate, what they eat, and how they are trained! Discover what it takes to be a Trainer for a Day!

This program includes:

  • Science Presentations
  • Marine Mammal Interactions & Shows
  • Crafts & Games
  • Lunch & Snack
  • And Much More!

2014 Date

February 15, 2014

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: $50 per person, 1 free chaperone per troop, space is limited. Minimum of 10 people required to reserve.

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77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

The Wright Museum’s mission is to preserve and share the stories of America’s Greatest Generation for the benefit of generations to come. As a one-of-a-kind non-profit institution, the Wright Museum collects and displays artifacts that illustrate the Second World War’s significant and lasting impact on American life.

During WWII, Americans from all walks of life pulled together to defend freedom against a global threat to our commonly-held values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of a better life. Hardened by the privations of the Great Depression, Americans were primed for the sacrifices necessary to thwart the forces assembled against them.

The Wright Museum consists of three distinct sections: a home front gallery and theater, a two-story Visitor’s Center, and the museum’s military wing, which houses exhibits devoted to all branches of the armed services. Among the highlights of the museum’s military exhibition is a large collection of fully-operational vintage military vehicles, including a 42-ton Pershing tank – the only known surviving example from the 1945 crossing at Remagen Bridge.

Twice a year, we make this collection available for rides for the general public. 2014 will mark the 17th year that the Wright Museum will host its annual Family Day event. The cost of admission includes two vehicle rides, a BBQ lunch, and much more.

The entire museum is air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible, and the parking lot has ample space for tour buses.

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Wright Museum for Summer Camp & Scout Campers

Make the Past Come Alive for Your Campers & Scouts!

Thank you from the Tuftonboro Central School children sent to the Wright Museum

The Wright Museum is the region’s leading resource for educators and learners of all ages interested in the Second World War. The museum shares its rich collection of artifacts through dozens of exhibits that illustrate the American WWII experience.

A visit to the Wright Museum is an ideal introduction to or culmination of your WWII instructional unit. Call the Wright Museum today at 603/569-1212 to learn more and schedule your class visit today! You may also e-mail us at donna.hamill@wrightmuseum.org for more information.

The Wright Museum Experience

Educational Programs at the Wright Museum

“Check out the tank!”, “Incredible experience,” and “You help keep the past alive” are just a few of the quotes heard from the thousands of students, grades 3 through 12, who have toured the museum over the past 16 years .

Tours begin with a brief orientation lecture and video to introduce or reinforce the broader historical context of the museum’s exhibits.

During the course of their tour, visitors of all ages come away with a fuller understanding of the values, sacrifices and spirit of cooperation that contributed to the Allied victory.

Volunteers, many of whom served during the war or who can recall their Home Front experiences, assist with tours. Grade-appropriate materials are given to instructors with pre-tour and post-tour study suggestions.

For more information about how you can integrate a museum visit into your U.S. History/WWII unit, please call 603/569-1212.

Preparation Materials

Teachers may download materials for use prior to and during their students’ visit to help provide an appropriate level of focus. Materials are grade-level appropriate for upper elementary, middle, and high school students.

Grades 4-6

Grades 7-9

Grades 10-12

Take a Sentimental Journey through Dozens of Great Exhibits!

Military Wing of the Wright Museum

Fascinating exhibits laden with vintage artifacts and interactive displays bring to life the American WWII experience. A collection of dozens of fully-operational military vehicles lies at the core of the Wright Museum’s collection. In addition to the thousands of square feet devoted to telling the stories of Americans on the frontlines, extensive displays also illustrate the transformative changes that took place on the home front.

Plan your visit today. Among the museum’s highlights are fully-furnished period vignettes including a 1942 gas station, corner soda fountain, and dentist office.  Learn about:

  • Child Life in the 40s
  • Entertainment and Popular Culture
  • Citizen Support for the War Effort
  • Recycling and Rationing
  • Scientific and Technological Advances
  • Women’s Role on the Home Front

 Traveling Trunk

This resource contains WWII artifacts (some real, some reproductions) with related worksheets, audio-visual tools, and other educational activities designed to meet New Hampshire Curriculum Framework and Lesson Plans.

Travelling History Trunk

Activities include figuring ration plans, learning about what was produced in New Hampshire for the war effort, Civil Defense, War Bonds, and creating a Victory Garden. The trunk is available to schools and can be used in the classroom for up to two weeks.

Both the Stories in the Classroom and the Traveling Trunk are free and are a part of the Wright’s effort to bring the museum to students in the Granite State and beyond.

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401 Southwest 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

There is always something new happening at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Spend a day of discovery exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits including the new EcoDiscovery Center. Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric Megalodon, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, and enjoy the playful antics of North American river otters in their two-story indoor/outdoor habitat.

See exciting science demonstrations, and presentations by community experts. Discover the amazing Everglades in the Florida EcoScapes exhibit. Hang out with bats, turtles and sharks. Meet an alligator and be charmed by a 6-foot-long snake. Take a ride to Mars or soar through the skies in an FA-18 cockpit simulator. And immerse yourself in a five-story-high film adventure at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater, home of the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. Whether you’re two or 82 visit the Museum of Discovery and Science and enjoy a full day of fun. 

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The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors each year.

We invite you to bring your students and groups to the Museum of Discovery and Science, Florida’s premier science center, for an exciting hands-on learning adventure, bringing science alive for your students and groups.

Use the links to the left to discover how much we have to offer. Remember we’ve got fun down to a science!

Please click the Image for Current Imax Shows and Times playing at the MOD

Discovery Museum Outreach Programs and Overnight Programs Available

Special Exhibits Available for Field Trips

Permanent Exhibits for field Trips

ECODISCOVERY CENTER

A major expansion of the Museum of Discovery and Science, the new 34,000-square-foot EcoDiscovery Center, which more than doubles the Museum’s current exhibit space, offers more dynamic hands-on explorations.

There are five new exhibit areas: Otters at Play, Everglades Airboat Adventure, Prehistoric Florida, Florida Water Mysteries and Storm Center.

Plus, the Mangurian Foundation Lifelong Learning Center featuring four new learning labs will allow visitors to enjoy hands-on learning experiences. LEARN MORE

  • Watch the playful antics of North American river otters
  • Take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure
  • Experience hurricane force winds
  • Dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon
  • Come face-to-face with a saber-toothed cat
  • Walk under a 12-foot-tall Imperial Mammoth
  • Discover the natural path of water through Florida
  • Learn how you can help protect and conserve the Everglades
  • Science will come to life in the new 100-seat Keller Science Theater with entertaining science presentations and live animal shows.

POWERFUL YOU!

This new permanent exhibit showcases the amazing miracle of the human body features four zones: Powerful Pulse, Powerful Team, Powerful You, and The Cutting Edge.

GO GREEN

Ever wonder where your waste goes after the garbage truck takes it away? Climb in our garbage truck and explore with Harry as he guides visitors in learning what going green really means.

MINERALS ROCK EXHIBIT

Did you know minerals are the building block of the entire Universe? The iron in hematite, in spinach and in the hemoglobin in our blood is all the same.   

RUNWAYS TO ROCKETS 

Discover how scientists study the fascinating mysteries of space in our recently expanded space hall. 

LIVING IN THE EVERGLADES

Explore this hands-on interactive exhibit and nature trail that tells the story of the restoration of Florida’s Everglades.

DISCOVERY CENTER

Children seven and under will enjoy this hands-on play and learning center designed especially for them.

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Railroad Avenue, Essex, CT 06426, United States

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2½-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley – designated “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy.

The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches at 20 mph through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. The picturesque countryside includes pristine meadows, a quaint farm, a millpond with waterfall, and trestles and bridges over rivers and creeks. A natural highlight is the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat.

Essex Steam Train offers unique access to several coves and preserves, immersing passengers in an on-board eco-excursion. The train travels near the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek – – bountiful, natural habitats for birds. Among those typically spotted are Cormorants, Ducks, Swans, Greenland Geese, Blue Heron, Egrets, and Red-winged Blackbirds. In February and March, the majestic Bald Eagle is the star of the show, when it migrates south to the Connecticut River Valley from Canada and Maine.

At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a 1¼- hour cruise along the Connecticut River. The visual serenity of the river valley is on full display from Becky’s multiple decks. The deep water, coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife, and rocky shoreline are all at once, simply breathtaking! Just as impressive are the historic sights including Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. Upon Becky’s return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes passengers for the return trip back to Essex Station.

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Group Field Trips
Take your group back to the glory days of steam! They’ll enjoy the comfort of our restored vintage rail cars and get an unobstructed view of the unspoiled beauty of the Connecticut River Valley from our multi-deck riverboat. It’s a wonderful trip any time of year.We offer special rates for groups of 20 or more with advance reservations – contact our Groups Ticket Sales. We also can arrange for special private charters on our steam train and/or riverboat. Pleasecontact our office for more information. Group Sales in Office
Box Lunches
Trackside Café Groups can arrange for box lunches from ourTrackside Café. Your group can enjoy:

  • Sandwich (Choice of Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef)
  • Potato Chips and Cookie
  • Choice of Bottled Soda, Water, or Juice

All lunches must be consumed at the Essex Depot picnic area or on the boat – there is no eating or drinking allowed on the train.

Box Lunches must be ordered at least 5 business days before the date of your visit. Please give us a call for pricing and with any questions!

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