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Hours, Directions, Parking & Transportation

For more than 40 years, the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) has served as your trusted source for science education in the South Florida community. Our deepest commitment is to create the safest environment possible for our guests, staff, volunteers and animals that call MODS home.

With the Governor’s Executive Order 20-244 and Broward County’s Emergency Order 20-26, MODS’ Healthy Scientists Make Healthy Choices Protocol remains steadfast and unchanged at this time. Based on science and the realities of the pandemic, we will make protocol updates and ultimately reopen our doors to the public when we believe it is safest to do so. For everyone’s protection, face masks will be required inside the Museum.

The Museum’s daily visiting hours are temporarily suspended. When we reopen to the public, the operating hours will be:

  • Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • The Museum will be closed daily from 1:00–2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. on Sundays for deep cleaning.
  • The Museum is only open on Mondays for limited prearranged school or other group visits and tours with maximums.

The AutoNation® IMAX® Theater is currently open for Hollywood releases. Guests are required to wear masks upon entering and exiting the Theater. Face masks are required except when eating and drinking in the auditorium. In order to maintain social distancing, the Theater is operating with a reduced capacity, and showtimes are staggered. 

We look forward to welcoming the public back to the Museum in the near future. Until then, please connect with us for incredible virtual or safe drive-thru experiences. For Museum updates, visit our website at mods.org or sign up for our newsletter to see the coolest content first!

Thank you for your understanding, trust and support during these exceptional times. 

PARKING INFORMATION

There are various parking options in the downtown area including the Arts & Entertainment Garage, private parking lots and other downtown garages.

Arts & Entertainment Garage
Public parking is available in the Arts and Entertainment parking garage that is operated by the City of Fort Lauderdale. You may enter the garage from S.W. 5th. Avenue.

Parking fees can be found at the City of Fort Lauderdale’s website.

Other Downtown Garages
Parking is also available at other downtown area garages including the Broward County Governmental Center Garage (opposite Las Olas Riverfront) and the City Park Mall Garage (adjacent to Main Library.)

Private Lots
There are a number of privately operated parking lots in the downtown area.  Several lots offer a special discount for Museum of Discovery and Science and AutoNation IMAX Theater (“MODS”) visitors.  Please see map below for locations.

  • Lot A:  NOT a MODS discount lot. Operated by Park It.
  • Lot B:  A special MODS flat rate of $10.00 is available from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and $10.00 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Pay at the parking meter by selecting the ”MODS” rate.  Regular rates apply evenings. Entrance is located on S.W. 4th Avenue.
  • Lot C:  A special MODS flat rate of $6.00 is available from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday only.  Pay at the parking meter by selecting the ”MODS” rate.  Regular rates apply evenings and weekends. Entrance is located on S.W. 5th Avenue.

IMPORTANT:  DO NOT PARK WITHOUT PAYING. The lot operators will tow your car if you do not pay or stay longer than your time on the meter. If the lot’s meter does not offer a “MODS” option, then you have parked in a lot that does not offer a discount to our visitors.

Parking & Directions - Map of Museum Location

DIRECTIONS

Address:  401 S.W. Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

The Museum is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale in the Arts & Science District, across from Riverwalk’s Esplanade Park located on New River:

  • Take I-95 north (from Miami) or south (from Palm Beach) to Broward Boulevard.
  • Drive east on Broward Boulevard to S.W. Fifth Avenue (Commodore Brook Avenue).
  • Turn right onto S.W. 5th Avenue.
  • The Museum will be on the left with the Arts & Entertainment parking garage on the right.

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

Click the above image for the Fort Lauderdale Station Tri-Rail website which provides links to free bus shuttle information to downtown Fort Lauderdale along Broward Boulevard.  The shuttle bus makes a stop that is one block from the Museum of Discovery and Science.

Click the above image for Broward County bus schedule and route maps.  The Museum of Discovery and Science is located four blocks west of the Broward Central Bus Terminal on Broward Boulevard.

Click the above image for information on the Sun Trolley route and schedule.  The Sun Trolley makes round trips from the beaches via Las Olas Boulevard to the Museum of Discovery and Science and Brightline.

Click the above image for information on the Water Taxi map and schedule. The Water Taxi makes frequent trips and includes a River Route which takes patrons to Downtown Fort Lauderdale with a stop at Esplanade Park directly across from the Museum of Discovery and Science.

ATTENTION MODS MEMBERS & GUESTS

MODS and AutoNation® IMAX® Theater are currently closed to the public.

For more than 40 years, MODS has served as your trusted source for science education in the South Florida community. Our deepest commitment is to create the safest environment possible for our guests, staff, volunteers and animals that call MODS home.

With the Governor’s Executive Order 20-244 and Broward County’s Emergency Order 20-26, MODS’ Healthy Scientists Make Healthy Choices Protocol remains steadfast and unchanged at this time. Based on science and the realities of the pandemic, we will make protocol updates and ultimately reopen our doors to the public when we believe it is safest to do so. For everyone's protection, face masks will be required inside the Museum.

We look forward to welcoming the public back to the Museum in the near future. Until then, please connect with us for incredible virtual or safe drive-thru experiences. For Museum updates, visit our website at mods.org or sign up for our newsletter to see the coolest content first! Thank you for your understanding, trust and support during these exceptional times.