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IMPORTANT NOTICE The AutoNation IMAX Theater will be closed from
9/1/2016 – 9/29/16 to install the new IMAX with Laser system. The IMAX Theater will reopen Friday, September 30.


Deepwater Horizon - Opens September 30 2016

Voyage of Time - Opens October 7 2016


Permanent exhibits descriptions
can be found here

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

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.


Drugs: Costs and Consequences:
Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause
September 28, 2016 to January 16, 2017

Most Americans are unaware of the science behind the damaging effects of drugs on the mind and body, or of the other tremendous costs associated with the production, sale, and use of drugs. The costs to society–estimated at more than $180 billion a year–are borne by all of us in some way.

Despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans are not drug users, we pay for users’ lost productivity, their health care, criminal justice costs, child welfare costs, and the impact their drug use has on our own health and safety.

This exhibit is designed to open eyes to the science behind drug addiction and the countless costs of drugs–to individuals, American society, and the world–and to provide food for thought on how each and every one of us can make a difference.

Please be advised that this exhibit contains content that may not be suitable for young children. Parental guidance is recommended.

CLICK HERE for More Information


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

National Substance Abuse Prevention Month Weekend Activities
October 1 & 2, 2016;
October 22 & 23, 2016 Noon – 4 p.m.

Federal Dogs
Meet the K9’s that assist our local task forces performing their every day jobs.

Special Response Vehicles
Explore and take pictures with an array of vehicles provided by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, October 22 Only 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
People can drop off their unwanted or unused prescriptions in the Museum bus loop off SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 to DEA Special Agents, no questions asked.

Speaker Series
Speak with various DEA Agents and D.A.R.E. representatives about who, what, where, and when of their jobs.

Sponsored by: Drug Enforcement Agency, SAMHSA and CSA.

Laser Technology Weekend
October 8 & 9, 2016 Noon to 4 p.m.

Laser Jell-O
Everyone knows Jell-O can wiggle and jiggle, but did you know it can also be used as a color filter? Join us as we experiment with this tasty treat and test the reflection of different colored lasers.

Make your own device that you can use to create a 3D hologram image.

Laser Obstacle Course
See if you can overcome the obstacles and get your laser beam to the finish line.

National Chemistry Week Activities
October 15, 2016 Noon to 4 p.m.
South Florida American Chemical Society
Chemistry Clubs and faculty members present hands-on chemistry activities demonstrating the 2016 National Chemistry week theme “Solving Mysteries through Chemistry”.

CSI Chemistry
Learn what’s inside our “Mystery Boxes” through a series of experiments. By using chemistry uncover how you can build one yourself.

Learn what can be unshelled when we egg-speriment with eggs!

KaBoom! Science Show 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Head over to our Keller Science Theater as we experiment with various salts and chemicals to change the colors of flames inside hydrogen balloons.

Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale Presents:
MODS Masquerade – A Venetian Fantasy Gala

October 29, 2016
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Cocktail Reception
8 p.m. -11:30 p.m. Dinner and Dancing

The Museum of Discovery and Science will host the Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale MODS Masquerade – A Venetian Fantasy Gala on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy a formal masquerade-ball themed evening with a Venetian twist complete with dining and dancing.

This year’s gala will honor Jon Ferrando, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Museum of Discovery and Science and Executive Vice President of AutoNation, Inc. Jon Ferrando has spent the past 11 years as Officer on the Board of Trustees and 10 years as Chairman of the Board.  Mr. Ferrando will be presented with the prestigious Community Leadership Award.  

You can show your support by purchasing tickets or committing to a gala sponsorship, or program ad or making a donation. Sponsorships are available from $60,000 to $3,500. Tables range from $15,000 to $10,000. All proceeds will benefit operations and programs at the Museum of Discovery and Science.

For more information on tickets please contact Hillary Wallace at 954.713.0918 or

GrossOut Halloween

October 31, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Itsy Bitsy Spider
Do spiders make you shiver? Test your courage and attempt to pick up all the itsy bitsy spiders.

Creepy Crawlers
Bugs give lots of people the creeps. Are you brave enough to touch our creepy crawlers?

Ooey Gooey Slime
Hocus Pocus! Create your own concoction to make ooey gooey slime.

Skeletal X-Ray
Need a hand? Collect all the right bones and make your own skeletal hand print.

Mad Crazy Chemistry Show
Join our mad scientist for a chemistry show filled with spooktacular spells and potions!

Inky Squid
Look inside 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!

Halloween Hopscotch
Hippity hop through our graveyard hopscotch.

Dr. Strange Weekend
November 5 & 6, 2016 Noon to 4 p.m.

Create your own sundial to take home and watch time fly by.

3D Printers
The future of printing will appear before your eyes as we have our 3D printers going full steam all weekend.

Ever want to make your own hologram float above your phone? Well, now is your chance as we show you how to make a hologram projector.

International Science Center/Science Museum Day

November 10, 2016 Noon to 4 p.m.

Laser Maze
Get your laser beam across the maze to the finish line.

Make your own device that you can use to create a 3D hologram image.

Critical Angle
Find the critical angle with your laser and see if all the light is reflected or refracted.

Mystical Animals Weekend

November 25 - 27, 2016 Noon to 4 p.m.

Mystical Creations
Let your imagination run wild and create your own mystical beast!

Tricks of the Color
Learn how animals play hide and seek by using camouflage as a defense mechanism.

Museum’s Magical Animals
The Museum has many animals that are magical in their own way. Learn about these animals magical characteristics!


3D Printer Lab
Now through September 2016

Our Discovery Lab has been outfitted with 3 different 3D printers and staff will demonstrate their capabilities through the holiday season. Watch 3D printers produce some amazing pieces. Brought to you by local 3D company Becoming 3D in partnership with Airwolf, Lulzbot, and Robo 3D.

New York Life
First Saturday of every month
Noon - 4 p.m.

New York Life’s Child I.D. program is designed to teach children how to stay safe in the home and at play. Receive a free children’s I.D. kit.

Broward Chess Club
Every Saturday
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Enjoy some mental food and challenge our local experts.



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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