With a significant renovation project completed, the new MOSI (MOSI.org) is ready to re-open its doors on November 18th, 2017. While many things have changed at the new MOSI, the location hasn’t. MOSI is still located at 4801 East Fowler Avenue in Tampa.
“A renovation project of this magnitude with a tight schedule from start to finish, and so many moving parts is always a challenge.” said MOSI President and Chief Executive Officer Julian Mackenzie. “It has really been a labor of love as we transition from one building into another on campus adding new visuals, exhibits and interactive displays. Everyone at MOSI is excited to begin this new chapter for the venue and we are looking forward to welcoming the community back in.”
As Tampa’s favorite science venue, visitors will quickly notice MOSI’s commitment to hands on and interactive exhibits that promote a focus on STEAM (Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math) activities. Areas of the new MOSI will be specifically themed and named. Journey Through the Skies will feature space and weather themed exhibits including ISS-ABOVE – an exciting interactive exhibit that tracks the International Space Station in real time. I Wonder provides a core science experience with hands-on physics, optics and math. Then, A Look Inside showcases nutrition and the human body. Additionally, a surprise for many will be a rotating art display inside the museum that will engage visitors with different styles and types of work. “To truly be the community leader in STEAM”, said Julian Mackenzie, “we had to deliver a compelling ART (STEAM) experience that allows our visitors another opportunity to be engaged.”
The new MOSI will still have old favorites. Things like Bed of Nails, the Hurricane Machine, IdeaZone, Mission Moon Base, and Slippery Science. It will also be opening a new exhibit experience called CONNECTUS. Here guests will see and feel the future with many state of the art displays and technologies.
Along with the general excitement that goes with the reopening of MOSI, there are other activities planned for the opening weekend that will run from November 18th through November 19th, 2017. Various food trucks will be on site both days in the MOSI Science Park (located by the Sky Trail Ropes Course and playground equipment), along with a DJ that will be playing music to complete the party like atmosphere the Grand Reopening will have.