Private Experiences – Choose Your Own Adventure!

Orlando Science Center’s private experiences are more than tours… they’re fully immersive and hands-on adventures that allow you to shadow our incredible staff while you join us on a fun, educational journey to take a deeper dive into the inner workings of your Science Center!

These 90-minute private programs are offered for groups of 3–10 guests from the same party who would like to visit the museum before we open to the general public or as we are winding down at the end of the day.

Choose Your Own Private Adventure!

Did you know that our NatureWorks team arrives as early as 7:00 am to make sure our animals are cared for and healthy? Or that our fully functioning makerspace is used to create everything from a felt succulent garden to large interactive exhibit pieces? What else will you discover on your private adventure?

A family with young children explores animals together in the NatureWorks exhibit.

NatureWorks

Become a Keeper for a Day!

Offered Saturdays & Sundays from 8:30 – 10:00 am
Weekday reservations available upon request.
Adventure is open to all ages but we suggest one adult per two youth.

Embark on a behind-the-scenes tour through this fan-favorite exhibit which emulates animal habitats found in nature. Throughout your guided experience, you will participate in animal touches and feedings while learning about animal husbandry and the care that goes into keeping our animals happy and healthy. Once you’re familiar with the lay of the land, it’s time to learn the ropes and become an animal keeper!

Did you know our animal ambassadors are big fans of food prep? Our animals’ diets are designed to fit each of their unique nutritional needs. Help us prepare the day’s meals and feed some of our four-legged friends!

Enrichment is also a crucial part of our animals’ health and wellbeing. Learn how keepers use enrichment to keep animals physically and mentally fit. This will be demonstrated while an animal ambassador paints a two-colored masterpiece for you to take home as a keepsake for your exciting day!

Meet an animal ambassador! Once you've finished your animal keeper training, there will be time for a special opportunity to interact with an animal ambassador* and pose for photo-ops. 

*Animal encounters are just as enriching for the animals as the humans who participate in them but, like humans, sometimes they want to stick to their own schedule. Animal well-being is our top priority, so if a particular animal does not want to participate in that day’s private experiences, our staff will select another exciting animal ambassador for you to meet!

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The Hive: A Makerspace 

Join the Maker Movement!

Offered Saturdays & Sundays from 9:00 – 10:30 am OR 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Weekday reservations available upon request.
Workshops are best suited for makers ages 8 and older.

Go forth and create! In this collaborative workspace, you can try new tools, build new skills, and create something one-of-a-kind to take home. Makers are MacGuyvers. Through the simple act of making something, you are strengthening essential skills in problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.

These private experiences will challenge you to bring your ideas to life, and every choice you make will lead you to something new. Makerspaces cultivate community so enjoy sharing your creations with each other.



Being a maker is all about creativity and experimentation, so select one of the following projects for your group’s private experience to explore and make your own:

3D Design for Printing

Get an overview of 3D printing technology, the software involved, and some applications for 3D printers in the world. Learn basic 3D modeling skills as you work together to create a custom 3D-printed piece! Discover how this technology is revolutionizing so many industries by turning creative ideas into realities. Your only limits are your imagination!

Make Your Own Mouse Ears

Create your own ribbon-wrapped mouse ear headband by using 3D printed ear loops. Design an original garden headband with faux foliage or choose from a variety of materials to adorn your very own headwear that can’t be mass-produced. Each piece is unique to the creator. How’s that for custom fashion?

Sew a Felt Succulent Garden

You don’t need a green thumb to create a flourishing succulent garden made of felt! Make a small magnet or desk garden using laser cut felt shapes. Learn techniques to make five varieties of succulents and cacti using plush sewing techniques as well as hot glue rolled or wrapped succulents. Create a unique and beautiful small personal garden just for you or share it with someone special. Enjoy this gardening without breaking a sweat or getting your hands dirty.

Pricing

Private Experiences

Members / Non-Members:
$200 / $250 for up to 5 people


Additional Guests

Members / Non-Members:
$25 / $30 each for ages 12 and up
$20 / $25 each for ages 3–11

Private Experiences can host up to 10 guests and we suggest at least one adult per two youth. Programs are non-refundable.

Packages do not include General Admission to Orlando Science Center for non-members. Admission tickets can be added before or after your program for a reduced rate during your visit.

Know Before You Go


 

  • Guests age 3 years and older are required to wear a face covering at all times while visiting Orlando Science Center and while interacting with staff.
  • All guests will be temperature checked upon arrival.
  • Any equipment used will be thoroughly sanitized between programs.
  • Guests may bring a camera but for some behind-the-scenes programs there may be areas where you may be asked not to photograph or video record.
  • Program elements are subject to change without notice due to animal needs, weather, or staffing issues.Please review our Safety Guidelines for more information on planning a healthy visit.

Book Your Adventure!

To learn more about our adventure options, check availability, or make a reservation, please call 407.514.2290 or email groups@osc.org.


Lunch in Pompeii • A Free Virtual Speaker Series in Partnership with UCF College of Sciences

Grab a sandwich or some coffee, and let's have lunch. In Pompeii! 

Travel plans canceled this year? Go back in time with “Lunch in Pompeii”, a free speaker series held through Zoom. Hosted between 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., take a nice break from work or school, and tune in to learn about some of the artifacts that can be found in our latest exhibit Pompeii: The Immortal City.        

This collaboration with UCF and the Orlando Science Center started in 2019 with the launch of Knight at the Museum, a speaker series hosted at OSC. Lunch in Pompeii continues this partnership with a virtual speaker series to meet the needs of today's world and social distancing. These subject matter experts will help give us a uniquely in-depth look at various topics related to the exhibit. 

This speaker series is FREE, but you must RSVP to receive the Zoom link and login details.

*This series is recommended for students 13 years and older but younger students are welcome to join.   

How Metal Shaped Pompeii and the Roman Empire

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Metals were a fundamental part of Roman life, providing a wide range of weapons, coins, implements and jewelry. Given the scarcity of metals in Roman provinces, demand for these precious resources drove previously unprecedented scales of interaction and trade that affected linked Rome, including major trading centers like Pompeii, to the Roman provinces and beyond.

Dr. Joseph Lehner will examine how metal production and trade shaped the Roman world, and how the archaeological study of these materials give us extraordinary insight into not only the mechanics of the empire but also the daily lives of people who once lived there.

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Dr. Joseph W. Lehner Ph.D.

Dailies and Delicacies: Getting a Taste of Pompeii

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Dine like the ancient Pompeii citizens in a gustatio, a light lunch of starters! Our meals and the meals of those before us are very different. Here, you can attend a virtual tasting of daily fresh breads, drink a full-bodied raisin wine or posca, a cold, watered-down vinegar, and savor herbed olives in oil. Sounds delectamenti!

Dr. Lana Williams will give us a taste of why our modern system of tastes that seem so “naturally” preferable to us are very different from those of the past. The perfect meal of ancient Pompeii and the Roman World was one where all the tastes, and therefore all the virtues, would be simultaneously present.

Lunch in Pompeii with lana Williams
Dr. Lana Williams, Ph.D.

Fleeing Pompeii: Bodies Frozen in Time

Thursday, December 10, 2020

When the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius hit Pompeii in 79AD, its ash formed a protective shield around the bodies of the citizens. This created a type of mummification. Pompeiians are now called “ash mummies” due to the intactness of bodies.

Dr. Sandra Wheeler dives into how and why these preserved bodies provide several different insights into the deaths, but also the lives of every day Pomepiians.

Lunch in Pompeii with Sandra Wheeler
Dr. Sandra Wheeler Ph.D.

Learning From Lasers: Uncovering Pompeii With Chemical Laser Analysis

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Lasers and Pompeii? Ancient and modern worlds collide in this presentation by Dr. Matthieu Baudelet. As an associate professor of Chemistry at UCF, Baudelet specializes in laser-based spectroscopy for forensic analysis.

Lunch in Pompeii with Matthieu Baudelet
Dr. Matthieu Baudelet Ph.D

Pompeii: The Immortal City is on display at Orlando Science Center from October 26, 2020 - January 24, 2021. Get your timed-entry tickets today!

Pompeii: the Immortal City Exhibit - Premiering October 26, 2020

Pompeii: The Immortal City

In just 24 hours, Pompeii and neighboring Herculaneum were buried by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. 

The site was lost for centuries and remained almost entirely untouched until 1748. Today, the most advanced scientific research brings to light the extraordinary achievements of Pompeii and the Roman world. 

Plunge into the heart of the drama and ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii. Spectacular immersive moments allow you to experience the destruction of the city and to identify with the inhabitants of that time, immobilized by the volcano’s ashes.

Through artwork, interactive mechanical devices, and multimedia experiences, you will embark on a journey through time into the daily life of a first-century Roman town.

Find yourself in the center of events as you hear and feel the roar of the volcano erupting before your eyes. Discover how the excavation of Pompeii in the 18th century influenced the development of archaeology as a scientific study. Play the role of archaeologist through the use of digital interactives and replicas of artifacts from Pompeii.

Although this exhibition is appropriate for people of all ages, some of the art features era-specific depictions of men and women without clothing.

 


My daughter and I went and we were both impressed. It was just awe-inspiring to be so close to things that old, knowing that real people used them, lived with them. Then to see two of the cast molds at the end — that made everything real.

Stephanie B.
Visitor Testimonial

Pompeii is the perfect exhibit for these times. The artifacts displayed within this 10,000 square foot gallery encourage quiet contemplation while timed-entry limits capacity and offers people ample time, and distance, to examine displays and better understand the magnificence and ultimate tragedy of this remarkable place.

Efforts have been made to provide guests with a quality experience that addresses health and safety during their visit. If guests desire an exhibit experience with fewer people in the gallery, please consider visiting on weekday afternoons between 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Additional health and safety precautions include:

  • Timed-entry tickets
  • Face coverings required
  • Hand sanitizing stations available
  • Regular cleaning and sanitizing of high touch areas
  • Following current CDC guidelines at the time of your visit

Admission Pricing

General Public



$26 – Adult


$18 – Youth (2–11)


$23 – Senior (55+)


$23 – Student (with ID)


FREE – Under 2

Members



Orlando Science Center’s Members get FREE admission to this exhibit!
Advance booking fees apply.

If you’re currently a Member, log in below to reserve your tickets. Memberships must be active through the date of your Pompeii timed-entry ticket.

Renew your membership before it expires to save 10%.
Email oscmembership@osc.org or call 407.514.2158 to renew!

Not a Member yet?
Learn about an annual membership here.

Immerse your students in Pompeii: The Immortal City through an in person or virtual field trip!

Please contact Reservations at classes@osc.org or 407.514.2112 to book your field trip experience today.

Group Rates and Tour Guides Available!

Groups of 15 or more receive reduced pricing and early admission into the exhibit and will have the option to add a private tour guide to their visit (only available for group bookings).

Reservations required with full payment prior to your visit. Call 407.514.2290 or fill out the contact form below to reserve your group visit today!

 
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Exhibition developed and produced by TEMPORA in collaboration with Civita and Filmmaster based on the scientific research of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and Museo Galileo Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Firenze and distributed by Exhibits Development Group. 

Pompeii: The Immortal City is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Blockbuster Program.

 

 

Unveil: Wedding Showcase

February 24, 2021  |  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Join us and some of our favorite vendors as we unveil Orlando Science Center for a night of wedding inspiration! 

Our wedding showcase will highlight our unique and exciting venue spaces, and give a glimpse into how our fantastic vendors can transform the Science Center into the wedding of your dreams.

Unveil is your one-stop-shop for all things wedding. Don’t just imagine your perfect day, see the Science Center dressed to the nines!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to tour the venue, get to know vendors, and learn why we have weddings down to a science!

 

Wedding aisle setup in Our Planet exhibit featuring blue lights and beautiful clear chairs.
Wedding setup in DinoDigs exhibit featuring beautiful table setting and T-rex in background.

Celebrating Safely

We are looking forward to a safe and fun celebration! For more information, review OSC’s current Safety Guidelines below.

Are you interested in attending our Unveil Wedding Showcase?

Sign up to our mailing list and get updates about tickets, vendors, and all things wedding!

Are you a vendor interested in exhibiting at Unveil?

For more information on being a part of our Unveil Wedding Showcase, please reach out to HTillem@osc.org or 407.514.2290.

Thank You to Our 2020 Unveil Featured Vendors

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Science Night Live

Science Night Live at Orlando Science Center is your chance to spark your curiosity through our fun exhibits and programs…with some adult beverages, of course! Bring your friends, or make it a date night, and join us for a unique and ever-changing experience that proves there’s no age limit on curiosity!

This event has been known to sell out and tickets are available online only for just $16, so get yours before they’re gone!

 

Full event info and tickets at: www.osc.org/snl

Weddings

Weddings

Located just outside downtown Orlando in beautiful and historic Loch Haven Park, Orlando Science Center’s unique architecture and creative energy makes it the quintessential setting for a wedding.

Celebrate your wedding day with a wonderful combination of both indoor and outdoor spaces, making for extraordinary wedding backdrops. Setting the scene for a wedding couldn’t be more exciting with our picturesque Terrace, interactive Our Planet exhibit hall, and a few larger-than-life friends in DinoDigs.

Our talented events staff knows how to make every event unforgettable by leveraging our strengths to create a fun, eclectic atmosphere, whether you’re searching for a casual reception or a formal dinner. 

Our events team will assist in every step of the way to ensure an unforgettable celebration, all you need to do is say, I Do!

Download our Intimate Wedding Guide to learn more about planning a 50 person or less wedding with us.

Intimate Wedding Guide


Looking for some wedding inspiration or advice?

Don’t miss our blogs about everything you need to know to have a wedding with Orlando Science Center.


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Contact Us

To book your special day, request pricing information, or for any other questions, please contact Helen Tillem, Director of Meetings and Events at 407.514.2290 or fill out the form below.


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Venues

Dino Digs Table Setting

DinoDigs

Dance until extinction alongside dinosaurs in DinoDigs! This one-of-a-kind event space boasts dramatically high ceilings and epic photo backdrops, ensuring a memorable reception or cocktail hour. 

Guests are sure to have a pre-historic good time taking a selfie with one of many dinosaurs, digging for fossils, or roaring alongside an animatronic dino. Whether guests are dancing the night away or exploring all of the unique features of a dino-filled room, everyone is guaranteed to have an unforgettable evening. DinoDigs provides a unique, whimsical, and exciting atmosphere unlike anything in Orlando.

The Terrace Table Setting

The Terrace

With panoramic unobstructed views of Downtown Orlando, and a sky full of stars, the Terrace will capture every inch of wedding magic. Tie the knot with a ceremony on The Terrace, enjoy cocktail hour as the sun sets in the distance overlooking the City Beautiful or dance the night away under a canopy of market lights during a moonlit reception. 

The Terrace invites each couples’ unique style, taste, and personality to take shape in our most customizable space. It also provides plenty of room for dinner, dancing, and all of your wedding celebration!

Our Planet Ceremony

Our Planet

Looking for a ceremony space that is out-of-this world, or a fun interactive cocktail hour, Our Planet has it all. Say “I Do” in front of a suspended globe with projected images of Mars, the Moon, or even objects from galaxies far far away. Invite the whole world to be a part of your wedding with Earth as a backdrop, or choose the Death Star and rule the galaxy together! 

Watch as guests unearth the wonders of Our Planet during cocktail hour with an array of engaging hands-on exhibits and let science set the scene! Guests will shake things up on an earthquake simulator, make and launch paper airplanes, and predict clear skies for your celebration at our weather station.

Awards

Click on the awards below to read what our couples have said!


Best Tie the Knot Spot – Orlando Sentinel

Best Museum Weddings – The Knot

Inspire Science Breakfast

Each year, the Inspire Science Breakfast brings close to 200 community members together, all with the purpose of showing how Orlando Science Center is improving lives within our Central Florida family. Our goal is to raise funds to continue making an impact in our community. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on you, our supporters, to help be the spark that ignites innovation. 

Enjoy an uplifting start to your day at our annual Inspire Science Breakfast. Support innovative STEM education as we share how Orlando Science Center is improving lives in our Central Florida Community.   

Orlando Science Center relies on YOU to help us carry out our mission to inspire science learning for life Together we can be the spark that ignites innovation.  

 The Inspire Science Breakfast brings over 200 community members together to show how, through your support, we are working to improve lives across Central Florida. You can help build future leaders, shape our community, and develops the minds of our youth to accomplish extraordinary things. Your support will move a child through the STEM pipeline of discovery, from cradle to career. 

Guests at the Inspire Science Breakfast will enjoy a delicious meal, networking opportunities, presentations from community figures, and other heartwarming surprises 

Sign up today as a Table Host for your friends and colleagues.  

Young Professionals for OSC

Young Professionals for OSC

The Young Professionals for Orlando Science Center are a group of passionate people who are 21 to 40 years old.

 

Established in 2015 with membership increasing more and more each year, they exist to fund-raise and “friend-raise” to support the mission of Orlando Science Center.

 

Members have a passion for science, and desire to make a positive impact. As a member, you will have opportunities to network at special events hosted by the Young Professionals Board or by Orlando Science Center, plus participate in volunteer opportunities to improve the Central Florida community.

For more information on becoming a member please contact ypgroup@osc.org or call our Development Department at 407.514.2162.

 

Young Professionals Membership Application

Benefits

  • Free admission to adults-only Science Night Live with special programming. 
  • Special events hosted by the Young Professionals. 
  • Entry to an exclusive happy hour with community leaders at the interactive tech expo Otronicon.
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, fundraisers and other VIP events. 
  • Access to volunteer opportunities at Orlando Science Center. 
  • Networking with other members and professional development workshops. 
  • Invitations to participate in fundraising for annual events such as Science of Wine. 

Upcoming Events


OSC After Dark

Friday, October 25 | 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

 

A spooktacular Halloween event at Orlando Science Center for all of Orlando’s Young Professionals.

2020–2021 Executive Committee

Nicole Cuccaro 

Chair

Tay Mauro

Vice Chair

Teddy Dover

2019-2020 Past Chair

Anna Strasshofer

Membership Chair

Jessica Dietrick

Events Chair

Brian Lawrence 

Events Chair

Jasmine Esmailbegui 

Governance Chair

Angelica Inclan 

Communication Chair

Alexis Cole 

Philanthropy Chair

Lindsay Winter

Group Founder and Ex-Officio Board Member

Riley Frady

Lucien Johnson

Kingman Keating

Garett Klein

Ugomma Nwahiri

Zack Winter

Observatory

Temporarily Closed to Promote Safe Distancing

Atop Orlando Science Center sits a domed observatory that, if visited during the right time of year and under the proper conditions, can provide views of planets, stars, and other celestial objects. 

View the four moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas, and binary star systems!

View the breathtaking night sky, brilliant sun, and even bustling downtown Orlando area from the powerful, 10-inch lens of the refractor telescope along with several smaller scopes.

Check out the Building Guide to see what’s happening during your visit. 

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The Hive: A Makerspace

Makerspace - Level 3

Come see what all the buzz is about! In The Hive, the possibilities are as vast as your imagination. Learn how to sew a button, fold an origami crane, design a figurine using 3D modeling software then bring it to life with a 3D printer, or solder a circuit board – there’s always something new to try! 

Many of the best designs come from collaboration. The Hive is a space that cultivates community and emphasizes the learning opportunities in every failure and success. Being a maker is all about creativity and experimentation. Go forth and create!

The Hive is designed specifically for makers ages 8 and up. Makers 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Maker activities for ages 7 and under are available in the KidsTown Studio.


Check out the Building Guide to see what’s happening during your visit.

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Enjoy this Makerspace all to yourself when you book a private experience!

Choose your workshop and join the maker movement with your small group!