Museum of Discovery and Science Celebrates its 25th Anniversary November 24-26, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Museum of Discovery and Science will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-26, 2017 with special activities, prizes, science experiments and the opening of the 1992 Time Capsule. 

Museum President/CEO stated, “We are very excited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Museum of Discovery and Science. Over the past quarter century the Museum has provided experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. This celebration will highlight the continued development and growth of the Museum as we prepare to open our new science park in 2018. It’s time to celebrate the past, present and future of the Museum. Opening our time capsule from 1992 will help us recognize how far we’ve come and how much has changed in 25 years.”

Anniversary celebration activities include the opening of the 1992 Time Capsule on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. and filling a new time capsule for 2042! Guests can participate in STEM table tops containing a variety of simple, yet challenging, experiments to dazzle even the most scientific minds, turtle races, prizes, and more. Activities are included in the price of exhibits admission. Help us celebrate and enjoy cupcakes and hot dogs for the whole family.

The Museum of Discovery and Science has contributed significantly to the revitalization of the arts and sciences district in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Consisting of 119,000 square feet of interior space, the 300-seat AutoNation IMAX Theater, and an open-air grand atrium, the Museum features dynamic interactive exhibits in the natural and physical sciences and a large array of programs designed to serve diverse audiences. The Museum regularly serves over 400,000 visitors each year and is the primary destination for school field trips in Broward County. Last year, the Museum served 90,000 students on school-sponsored field trips plus additional 60,000 school-age children visiting with friends and family. The ability of the Museum to entertain and educate children and adults through immersive exhibits, engaging educational programming and films, and a live animal collection adds immeasurably to the region’s educational resources.

The Museum began its history as the Discovery Center, a hands-on museum of art, science and history, in 1977 in the historic New River Inn. Over the course of the next few years, several other historic buildings became part of the Museum’s complex.

Major Milestones:

1977 - The Museum began its history as a project of the Junior League of Fort Lauderdale, opening as the Discovery Center, a hands-on museum of art, science and history.

1986 – The Museum kicked off a campaign to develop and fund a new science center. The successful campaign generated $33 million, funding the new Museum of Discovery and Science and Blockbuster IMAX Theater, and a $3 Million permanent endowment.


November 21, 1992 - New Museum of Discovery and Science opened in its current location at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The museum opened on time, on budget, and without capital debt.

2007 - The IMAX Theater was renamed the AutoNation IMAX Theater in 2007 in recognition of a major gift.


2008 - The Bank of America Visitor Services Pavilion was completed providing easy access for tickets and reservations, while enabling the museum to open up its lobby to new uses as the JM Family Great Hall of Science.

2010 - Powerful You! a permanent exhibit opened  featuring four exciting zones – Powerful You, Powerful Pulse, Powerful Team and The Cutting Edge. Through the use of fun interactives and amazing images, guests can learn about the importance of health, the human body and the technology used by health professionals to keep you healthy. Powerful You! is presented by Broward Health. 

November 11, 2011 – The opening of the $25 Million EcoDiscovery Center, a major new 34,000 square foot wing effectively doubled the Museum’s public space allowing the visitors to examine the Florida environment through a lens of environmental stewardship. Highlights include the Everglades Airboat Adventure, Storm Center, Otters at Play, Water, Prehistoric Florida, and an expanded traveling exhibition hall. The Keller Science Theater with comfortable facilities for live programs and lectures and the Mangurian Lifelong Learning Center with four classrooms enhance the Museum’s ability to deliver innovative programs. New exhibits Powerful You, Go Green, and Aviation Station, within the Museum’s original architectural footprint, now provide opportunities for exploring health, conservation, and the physics of flight.

October 9, 2014 - The AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater enjoyed a complete renovation that included a new 60’ x 80’ giant screen, new seats, new powerful sound system and the addition of a digital projector to complement our 15/70 film projector. The installation of the new IMAX digital projection system allows us to bring moviegoers Hollywood blockbusters as well as traditional giant screen documentaries.

December 19, 2014 –The aviation exhibit hall, To Fly, was renovated with new exhibits and flight simulators including a state-of-the art 7D capsule theater that takes visitors on an exhilarating flight. This exhibit experience uses a 3D aviation film, moving seats, and multi-sensory effects to create an unforgettable, educational, and exciting experience. The renovation was made possible by a generous gift from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust.

September 2016 - IMAX with Laser 4K projection system was installed that fills the six-story-high screen with images of unparalleled brightness and clarity utilizing a laser light engine and features IMAX’s next generation 12-channel sound system with 114 speakers providing 52,000 watts of digital sound. The AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater is one of only three Certified Giant Screens® in Florida.

November 2017 - A 27,000 square foot Science Park is under construction on Museum property facing Broward Boulevard, scheduled to open spring of 2018. As the Museum experience is extended outdoors, visitors will enjoy engaging opportunities to learn about basic principles of physics and engineering in a high-energy atmosphere.

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