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ACCESSIBILITY

The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) welcomes individuals from all walks of life to visit, experience, connect and discover inspiring science. We support all family structures, creating a culture of hospitality where diversity is celebrated. Our doors are open to everyone: individuals and families with physical, sensory and emotional disabilities and disparities in education, social and economic status. We embrace our truly diverse community of various ethnicities, religions, gender identification and sexual orientations. All are welcome here.

The Museum aims to deliver an enjoyable experience for all visitors by providing consistent, effortless access to our programs and facilities. Our knowledgeable staff is prepared to be responsive to and respectful of your unique needs.

For assistance in planning your visit or questions about accessibility at the Museum, please contact our Accessibility Coordinator Missi Weinkoff at Melisa.Weinkoff@mods.net or 954.467.6637 ext. 214.

If you are a group of 15 or more people with special needs, you may take advantage of free admission to caregivers. For information, please contact Guest Experiences at 954.713.0930 or email booking@mods.net.

HEARING IMPAIRED

MODS strives to provide the best experience for visitors with varying abilities. By employing the latest technology and qualified staff, we are equipped to accommodate your unique needs.

For visitors with hearing impairments, a dedicated guide is available to offer Museum tours in sign language. To reserve, please contact Guest Experiences at 954.713.0928 no later than seven days prior to your visit.

We also offer two types of hearing assistive devices at our AutoNation® IMAX 3D theater:

  • Dolby Fidelio is a wireless audio system that allows users to control the volume on the
  • Dolby® CaptiView is a personal in-theater closed captioning system for hearing-impaired movie patrons. The Dolby CaptiView viewing device consists of a small OLED display on a bendable support arm that fits into the theater seat cup

Please ask the Theater Manager a minimum of 30 minutes prior to show time if you wish to check out an assistive device for your IMAX show. This will allow time to set up your device and synchronize it with the movie soundtrack. You will be required to provide your driver’s license, which will be returned to you after the show.

If you are hearing impaired, please call the TTY phone 954.779.7219 for assistance.

PHYSICALLY IMPAIRED

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, MODS is equipped to accommodate visitors with physical disabilities. Both floors of the Museum are accessible via elevators and ramps throughout the building. We also have a wheelchair accessible restroom on each floor.

MODS allows service dogs and miniature horses that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities. Unfortunately, Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are not allowed as they are not classified as service animals by the ADA.

The AutoNation® IMAX 3D theater is accessible via the second-floor entrance to wheelchair users and others with special access needs. Visitors with special access needs may be accompanied by one companion. Please ask for the Theater Manager or IMAX usher who will provide direction to the second floor.

If you need assistance to participate in Museum activities, please contact Guest Experiences at 954.713.0930 or email booking@mods.net no later than seven days prior to your visit.

SENSORY PROCESSING SENSITIVITIES/AUTISM

MODS welcomes families with children and adults with autism or sensory processing sensitivities. As a sensory-friendly destination, MODS is proud to offer resources that will make your visit both manageable and enjoyable.

Because light, noise, and crowds vary throughout the building, the following information will help prepare you for your visit and provide you with tools that help to minimize the unexpected and maximize our sensory-friendly experiences.

  • Click here to download and print the Museum map, which features sensory

IMAX SENSORY-FRIENDLY FILM SCREENINGS

On the third Saturday of every month, our AutoNation® IMAX® Theater opens its doors to those needing a more sensory-sensitive environment. During these screenings, the theater lights will be turned up and the sound will be lowered. All films will be presented in 2D and no trailers will be shown before the movie.

Audience members are welcome to get up, sing, walk, dance and shout without worrying about disturbing others. Families also are welcome to bring snacks from home, as well as blankets and other small items for added comfort.

Sensory-friendly screenings are open to the public. To reserve, please call 954.713.0930 or email booking@mods.net.

MUSEUM AT A GLANCE

  • MODS spans two floors housing dozens of dynamic exhibits, a live animal collection, as well as the Science Park, an experiential outdoor
  • The atrium features our Great Gravity Clock, which emits frequent and continuous loud sounds; as well as our box office, which may have lines and wait
  • Some areas of the Museum are noisier than others. The To Fly Aviation Hall can be intense with flashing lights and abrupt sounds; several rides involve motion and may be All of our restrooms are equipped with motion-activated hand dryers.
  • Our Balcony and Dinosaur Bone Yard on the second floor have been designated as quiet areas. Dimly lit and lower volume areas include Aquifer and
  • The Museum is typically less crowded after 2 p.m. on

Please check back soon for our social narrative to introducing you to the Museum.

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, MODS will open its doors at 9 a.m. – 1 hour earlier than regular operating hours – during the month of April. During that time, the sound on exhibits will be turned off to better accommodate those with sensory sensitivities and the lights will be dimmed or brightened (where applicable.)

The Museum also will offer a free sensory-friendly IMAX screening twice during the month of April. Click here for the complete film screening schedule.*

*Show times are subject to change.

VISITOR ASSISTANCE

For assistance in planning your visit or questions about accessibility at the Museum, please contact our Accessibility Coordinator Missi Weinkoff at Melisa.Weinkoff@mods.net or 954.467.6637 ext. 214.

To pick up a sensory-friendly Discovery Tool Bag for use during your visit, please stop by the Information Desk. A valid ID must be presented.

If you are a group of 15 or more people with special needs, you may take advantage of free admission to caregivers. For information, please contact Guest Experiences at 954.713.0930 or email booking@mods.net.

OPENING DOORS ACCESS PROGRAMS

The Museum of Discovery and Science strongly believes that every individual, regardless of financial means, should be able to visit the Museum. Our Opening Doors programs enable individuals, families and educational groups better access to the Museum and its resources. Consisting of eight sub-programs, Opening Doors is supported through a blend of annual restricted gifts as well as unrestricted giving to the Museum.

Underserved School Accessibility Programs increase access to educational resources for teachers/students from underserved schools. Some of the programs include:

  • Complimentary Passes: Provides free Museum admission passes to more than 250 regional non-profits/schools to be used for fundraising efforts, which broadens awareness of the Museum across the
  • Educator Accessibility: Provides free Museum admission to more than 1,000 teachers each year, enabling them to preview the Museum and its programming prior to booking field
  • School Outreach: Provides free STEM-focused Museum on Wheels programs on school campuses, as well as field trip scholarships to students attending Broward County Public
  • Summer Discovery Camp Scholarship: Provides one-week scholarships for a minimum of 12 Broward County Public School students to our science and nature themed summer camp, including three major field trip destinations to complement the camp experience.
  • Transition to Independent Living (TIL): Annually provides paid year-round work experience, including training and leadership skills, to approximately 15 young adults (ages 16-24) who have aged out of the foster care system.
  • Workforce Readiness: Provides STEM-focused career experiences for youth.

Learning, Developmental, and Social Service Accommodations and Discounts provide ways for those struggling with the challenges of home life stability to successfully experience and learn at the Museum.

  • Leo Goodwin Foundation Good 4U Kids’ Club: Through partnerships with social service agencies, children and families with limited resources and challenges in the home environment enjoy free access to the Museum.

Discounted General and Community Events Admission offers affordable access to the Museum during regular admission periods and special community events.

  • Military Discount Programs: This program honors active and veteran military personnel by offering discounted admission throughout the year. Free military admission is offered to all military during annual Fleet Week.
  • Blue Star Museum: MODS offers free admission to active military and up to five family members during the summer – from Memorial Day to Labor Day – in participation with the National Endowment for the Arts. Please note this program does not include admission to the IMAX Theater. Qualified members must show proper identification for entry.

  • Museums for All: Launched at the Museum in early 2019, this increasingly popular national program model provides community members with EBT cards our lowest discounted admission. This signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Association of Children’s Museums, encourages the community’s most vulnerable and in-need people to build lifelong museum-going habits.
  • Admission: $2 admission fee per person for up to four people per EBT or WIC card. Adults and children are both eligible. Children under 2 receive free admission. To receive Museums for All pricing, please present a valid photo ID and your EBT card to the Box Office cashier.

For more information about the Museums for All program, please click here. For agencies, if you would like to share the Museums for All program with your clients, click here to download the Marketing Kit with FAQs, ads and flyers.

This program is generously supported by 

  • Museums on Us: MODS is proud to be a member of the Bank of America Museums on Us® This program allows Bank of America®, Merrill Lynch® or U.S. Trust® credit or debit card cardholders one free general admission on the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of every month. The program cannot be combined with other offers and entry is granted to those who present a Bank of America®, Merrill Lynch® or U.S. Trust® credit or debit card and a photo ID.

To find out how you can participate in any of these programs, please contact Guest Experiences at 954.713.0930 or email booking@mods.net.

If you would like to make a donation to support Opening Doors Access Programs, please email Meredith Feder, Deputy Director, Strategic Initiatives, at Meredith.Feder@mods.net.

 

 

ATTENTION MODS VISITORS

The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) is closed to the public in accordance with Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112 stating that interactive exhibits remain closed. During this time, please connect through engaging virtual STEM content on our social media platforms @modsftl. Please enjoy these videos and check our website for future updates. 

To our scientastic MODS Members: We are committed to you! We are extending ALL memberships upon renewal. One year = 18 months. We thank you for your continued support. 

We look forward to re-opening our doors and welcoming all back to the Museum.