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The Completely Renovated AutoNation® IMAX Theater now OPEN!
New Digital Projector + New Surround Sound + New Luxury Seats + New Giant Screen = The Ultimate IMAX Experience!

Tiny Giants 3D
Wild Africa 3D
The Walk 3D

opens November 5, 2015
HUNGER GAMES: Mockingjay Part 2
opens November 19, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
opens December 18, 2015


Permanent exhibits descriptions
can be found here

Special Events and Activities (on Weekends, Holidays, etc.)
can be found two sections below.

Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors
Now on Exhibit through January 3, 2016

The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, with funding from the National Science Foundation and NASA, has developed a national traveling exhibition program called Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors.

While Asteroids and comets are popular subjects for movies like Armageddon and Deep Impact, they are also playing their own starring roles in NASA research. In 2001, NASA’s NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft dramatically landed on the asteroid Eros. In 2005, NASA’s Deep Impact’s probe collided with Tempel 1, exploring beneath the comet’s surface. In 2007, NASA launched the Dawn spacecraft to the Main Asteroid Belt.

Great Balls of Fire explores the mysteries of these celestial objects. The threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet is a staple of popular culture. If there was a dinosaur killer in Earth’s past, is there a human killer in our future? What are the chances and how do we assess the risks? For that matter, what are asteroids, comets, and meteorites, and where do they come from? These and many other questions are answered in Great Balls of Fire.

Visitors are encouraged to upgrade to a combo ticket to view "Hubble 3D" and "Space Station 3D" at AutoNation ® IMAX 3D Theater in conjunction with this exhibit. Click HERE for film show times.

This exhibit and the IMAX space films and related programs are supported by a grant from the John H. Rau Space Education Fund of Community Foundation of Broward for Beyond the Kármán Line: A Comprehensive Learning Initiative in Space Science.


To Fly – Aviation Renovation

The highlight of the exhibit space is a new state-of-the art 7D capsule theater that takes visitors on an exhilarating flight through the sky. This new exhibit experience uses a 3D aviation film, moving seats, and multi-sensory effects to create an unforgettable, educational, and exciting experience. The new Simulation Theater is made possible by a generous gift from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust.


Mindbender Mansion
January 29, 2016 through May 1, 2016

Enter the wonderfully puzzling world of an exhibition that engages visitors in playful problem solving, Mindbender Mansion. The exhibit is filled with brain teasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers.

Visitors to this fun and quirky mansion are invited to join the Mindbender Society by gathering hidden clues and secret passwords scattered throughout the various thematic rooms of the house. The clues and passwords are revealed by solving select brainteasers and group challenges. Visitors are encouraged to think outside the box and collaborate with their fellow mansion guests to meet individual and group challenges, which include manipulating a tilt table, forming patterns in rolling chairs, keeping up with a conveyer belt, maneuvering a flying machine, and disco hopscotch spelling.




January 31, 2014

Photography Contest is now closed.
Contest winner announced January 31, 2014.

Link to Everglades Forever Project page for More Information and Photography Contest Winners

Great Balls Of Fire Weekend Activities
October 3 and 4, 2015
Noon to 4 p.m.

  • Flying Comet - Calling all space fans. Create a comet to soar through the sky.

  • Micro Meteorites - Help us search for a little piece of outer space by looking for magnetic micro meteorites in debris collected from our backyard.

  • Extreme Temperatures Show - Join us as we show you the wonders of water, ice, and other low temperature elements that make up our solar system.

  • NASA Live TV - Tune in LIVE with NASA as we will have them streaming all day in our Keller Science Theater.

  • South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association

  • Speaker Series
    Saturday, October 3 at 1:30 p.m.
    Friday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.

    If you want to learn more about the formation of our planet join us as our resident physicist, Hiram Bleecker shares his knowledge of space.

CLICK HERE for More Information on Great Brall of Fire Exhibit

Fire Prevention Day
October 17, 2015 Noon to 4 p.m.

Side-by-Side House Burn 1:00 p.m.
Celebrate Fire Prevention Week with the Florida Fire Sprinkler Association
and the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department. Watch what happens to a house with no fire
protection versus a house with fire protection as we set them to burn.

Meet our Local Heros - Fort Lauderdale Fire Department
Take photos with some of the bravest people we have in Fort Lauderdale

South Florida American Chemical Society
Chemistry Clubs and faculty members present hands-on chemistry activities
demonstrating the 2015 National Chemistry week theme “Chemistry Colors Our World.”

Kaboom Show
Keller Science Theater 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Various colored flames, hydrogen balloons and exploding eggs will blow your mind.

Great Balls of Fire Weekend Activity: Planetarium Shows
October 23, 24, 25, 2015

1:30 p.m. Star Stories
Learn about stars, the distance between heavenly bodies, star brightness and how to use star constellations as a guide.

3:30 p.m. The Search for Life in the Universe
Looking forward from the big bang, in search of those special places that might harbor life, including all of the planets in our solar system.

Animal Grossology Halloween
October 31, 2015 Noon to 4 p.m.

Owl Pellets - Owls cannot chew their food and swallow their food whole. Take a close look at the indigestible material like teeth, skulls, claws and feather that is too dangerous for the owls to digest.

Yucky Jelly Bean Tasting - Does it taste like armpit or cotton candy? Be careful which jelly bean you taste. Some may be a trick and others a treat!

Taste Edible Bugs! - Don’t bug out when you take a bite of our edible crickets and larvets.

Arachnids - Do you have a fear of spiders? The more you learn about our insect friends, the less creepy they become.

Animal Skins and Sheds - Reptiles, arachnids and insects are able to shed their skins but we are not. Become one of these animals for an instant and make a human shed.

No-Skid Squids - Look inside of a squid and learn how it moves and eats. Beware…you might get stuck by the suction cups on one of the eight arms…and it will never let go!

Blubber Glove - Ever wonder how some arctic animals stay warm in the cold? We can show you with our blubber glove!

Sticky Webs - Spiders make some of the most amazing webs. Do you have what it takes to stick with it?

Microscopic Bugs - Take a look under our lens at some creepy critters that you can’t see with the naked eye.

Reptile Show - Did you know that snakes smell with their tongues? Join us to meet and learn interesting facts about all our reptile friends at the Museum.

Hunger Games Opening Weekend Activities
November 21 and 22, 2015 Noon to 4 p.m.

Botany - Learn how to tell the difference between poisonous and nonpoisonous plants.

Under the Sea Creations - Create fish, crabs and some other under-the-sea friends to take home.

Tricks of the Color - Learn all about camouflage and challenge yourself to find all of the hidden animals in this Intriguing presentation.

Fire Training - Like early man, discover the mystery behind starting your own fire if you are ever stranded and learn all the safety procedures for putting it out.

Archery - Take aim on our archery course and see if you could handle being on your own with a bow and arrow.

Bugs - Discover which bugs are food and which bugs are friends in case you need a snack in the wilderness.

We Want SPACE!
November 27 – 29, 2015
Noon to 4 p.m.

SkyLab Show - Immerse yourself in a starry night at the Museum. Learn all about stars and constellations in our Indoor planetarium.

Star Viewer - Become Galileo and create a telescope and starry constellations.

Stomp Rockets - 3…2…1… BLAST OFF! Build your own rocket and then watch it shoot off into space.



Test Your Chess Skills
Broward Chess Club

Most Saturdays September - November
(except 9/26/15, 10/24/15 and 11/14/15)
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Challenge a multitude of chess players from all different skill levels. Even if you do not know how to play, come down and learn from a Grand Master.

Zombie Ride at the 7D Theater
October 1, 2015 – November 1, 2015

Do you think you are brave? Are you brave enough to get onboard a very scary and exhilarating haunted rollercoaster ride? This intense rollercoaster ride will make your worst dreams come true! You will dip, dive and speed through an old abandoned mansion filled with ghosts and zombies! We hope you can survive the journey! This experience is not recommended for  children under 13 years of age.

3D Printer Demonstrations
September 2015 through December 2015

Watch 3D printers produce some amazing pieces. Brought to you by local 3D company Becoming 3D in partnership with Airwolf, Lulzbot, and Robo 3D.


January 20 – 28, 2016

Join us for
Cuba: Passion, Preservation & the Rhythms of Life
Visit a country caught in time. Is it 2015, 1956 or 1856? Explore the art, music, food, natural environment and historic sites of this island nation.

For more details, please contact Kim Cavendish: or click here for more information

June 10 -21, 2016

Experience Luxury under Canvas on Safari to Tanzania, the Animal Kingdom’s Garden of Eden. Quintessential African landscapes with incredible wildlife spotting and cultural explorations. Visit the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, and Maasai.

For more details, please contact Kim Cavendish:



Visitors can enjoy exciting science shows and presentations in the Keller Science Theater by our enthusiastic staff and/or community partners.

The Nitro Show - Ever wonder what -320 degrees Farenheit will do to everyday items? Discover how cold things can get with liquid nitrogen and how their physical changes can create explosive results.

KaBoom! Show - Witness the power of chemical changes with fiery explosions! Come have a blast!

Science Showdown - Do you have what it takes to beat the best in the ultimate science feud? Test your knowledge against the experts in this high energy game show!



Museum Camp Adventures are designed to give students entire days filled with exploration and hands-on learning.

The museum hosts 1-day and 5-day camps.

For more information and a listing of upcoming camps, visit CAMPS page.

Fridays: 3:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sundays: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Planning a birthday party at the Museum of Discovery and Science is a piece of cake! Just say the word and we'll put the wheels in motion for a birthday party that your birthday child will always remember. For more information, visit BIRTHDAY PARTIES page.

Bring your group to the Museum for an exciting overnight adventure. You can select from great adventures or work with our program staff to create an evening of fun just for your special group.

For more information, visit CAMP INS page.

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