Uncover the past and step into the prehistoric world of dinosaurs, marine reptiles, and megafauna that once roamed the land we inhabit today!
Exhibit Hall – Level 4
In DinoDigs, guests will encounter giant fossil replicas of ancient sea creatures and dinosaurs showcased in their prehistoric worlds. You’ll also find authentic fossils of ancient reptiles and mammals, some of which were found right here in Florida.
The Dig Pits are sanitized with MaxxClean which is a non-toxic cleaner with no VOC's or odor and is safe for people and pets.
How does it work? All living organsims need a pH neutral environment between 4.8 and 9.2 to live. MaxxClean raises the pH level of the surface to over 11 which creates an environment that viruses, mold, and microogransims cannot live on.
The Hive is a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring, and sharing; where you’ll have access to real tools, materials and mentors that will help you turn your creative ideas into reality. This area is for ages 8 and up.
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.
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.
More Ways to Enjoy Your Favorite Makerspace and Support Your Science Center
Stop by The Hive on Level 3 to purchase today!
Hive @ Home Kit: $10
Any space can become a Makerspace if you have the right tools! Take home a Hive @ Home kit and get all of the materials and instructions to do one project from a Hive workshop from the safety of your own home. Projects vary from month to month and limited quantity are available while supplies last.
Hive Shop Goodies: $2-10
Swing by The Hive and see what’s in stock! While showcasing our 3D printers and laser cutters to guests, our team regularly creates unique OSC products! Show off your love for your Science Center with a custom Hive sketchpad and wood and acrylic accessories including pins, buttons, earrings, keychains, and more!
Make Your Own Button: $2
Choose your own design and press your own button! Flip through our button binder and select your own design then work with our Maker staff to press and seal your own custom-made button! Once completed, you can pin and wear your new swag out. Don’t forget to imPRESS your friends by telling them you made it yourself!
All proceeds from The Hive Shop help provide vital funds needed to continue to offer programs and services that impact our community. From our hardworking staff, we thank you for your trust, unwavering support, and continued investment. We simply couldn’t do it without you!
Allow art and design to open your mind at the intersection of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
Gallery – Level 3
Today’s innovators recognize the critical role of art-related disciplines in solving 21st-century problems.
Fusion: A STEAM Gallery shows that art and design aren’t removed from science – they are essential complements.
You’ll find permanent pieces in the Fusion collection that highlight this relationship, including an interactive, visual theremin by Ginger Leigh; a one-dimensional dungeon-crawler game by Robin Baumgarten; a motorized color projection piece by Ryan Buyssens; and a multi-layered tribute to victims and survivors of the Pulse tragedy by Christy McCutchen.
Traveling exhibitions are featured throughout the year with an emphasis on local artists.
Climate scientists and environmental experts show that when we focus on restoring our Earth, we can solve multiple issues at once. Artists are the ultimate translators of the human condition and can hold deep empathy for the natural systems around us that support our survival.
It is through this deep empathy that we endeavor to connect art and science while waking up humanity to the severity of our current situation and inspire people to act. This multi-media art exhibit addresses the manifold environmental crises humans and non-humans face while we envision new futures.
Featured Artists: YES Theatre, Brooklyn. Veronica Garcia-Bernal. Michelle Irizarry. Prague-ject Theater. Bryan Carson. Captain A. Emotions Dance Company. Dark Skies Production
Take a “hike” across the dynamic ecosystems of Florida and see live animals in their diverse habitats. Meet the fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals that call NatureWorks home on your next visit!
Exhibit Hall – Level 1
In NatureWorks, you’ll learn about the amazing animals and plants that inhabit coral reefs, mangrove forests, cypress swamps and other Florida environments, along with other areas around the world.
Discover what lies deep within the Floridan Aquifer, learn how to identify some of Florida’s native and invasive species, and observe animals in their unique habitats to understand their amazing adaptations!
Within the exhibit hall, there are frequent opportunities to hear from a NatureWorks animal keeper and encounter some of our Animal Ambassadors up close at their scheduled encounters!
Orlando Science Center strives to inspire all of its visitors to care for and protect wildlife both near and far. It is our hope that your visit to the Science Center will encourage you to learn more about our animals and the actions you can take to protect their wild counterparts.
Who takes care of the animals at the Science Center?
Our experienced keepers ensure the highest quality of animal care and welfare. The keepers at Orlando Science Center all hold specialized degrees in a variety of life science disciplines including Biology, Environmental Science, and Zoo Animal Technology.
Our animal staff has years of experience caring for a variety of animals and are well versed in the animal care standards established by the United States Department of Agriculture and Fish and Wildlife. The Science Center also works with several licensed exotic animal veterinarians to provide top-quality nutrition and veterinary care to all of our animals.
Where does the Science Center get its animals?
The Orlando Science Center has a Responsible Population Management policy that dictates all animal acquisitions and transfers. Our policy prioritizes the long-term sustainability of living animal populations and the health and welfare of our animals.
Many of our animals were donated to us by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Fish and Wildlife removes invasive species from the environment and places them in zoos and nature centers. We also house animals that Fish and Wildlife confiscated from people who possessed them illegally.
Several of our animals come from FWC’s Pet Amnesty program which rehomes animals that Florida residents can no longer care for. We are proud to provide a safe and enriching home for these animals.
What if I have a question about the animals at the Science Center?
Next time you’re in the NatureWorks exhibit, come say hi to one of our staff members or volunteers. They love talking about animals! You can also contact us at email@example.com for any inquiries regarding our animal collection
Want to become a keeper for the day?
Participate in diet prep, target training, enjoy meet-and-greets, and more when you book a private experience!
Go on a giant-screen adventure, or immerse yourself in astounding digital locales, with educational films in Orlando Science Center’s two theaters!
If you need a break from the exhibit floor, take a seat in one of our state-of-the-art theaters.
The domed giant-screen Dr. Phillips CineDome and high-definition Digital Adventure Theater both offer educational films daily, and all films are included with general admission. Content changes regularly, so be sure to check the theater schedule before you arrive to find out what’s playing.
Reserve a theater for your private function!
Both theaters are available for private rentals for film screenings, award presentations, team meetings, talent shows, and so much more.
Choose a seat and be instantly transported to exotic and interplanetary lands. Images of clarity and extraordinary depth bring the audience on an expedition to the center of the action in this immersive cinematic experience.
A projector's fish-eye lens projects onto an 8,000 square-foot screen, creating a 180 degree image that surrounds the audience and extends beyond their peripheral vision. Films cover nature, geography, history and more, and new titles are introduced throughout the year. *Wheelchair access located via Level 3.
Digital Adventure Theater
Immersive Digital Films – Level 2
Dive into the action inside the stadium-seated Digital Adventure Theater. Films are presented in 2D with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection and 7.1 surround sound, offering a fully immersive experience.
The Digital Adventure Theater is also home to Science Live! Shows, which are designed to delight and entertain while also aligning with Sunshine State educational standards. The electrifying “High Voltage” show, explosive “Kaboom!” show, heroic “Super Science” show and more will show you the science in fact and fiction.
Now Showing – General Audience
Content changes seasonally. Check the theater schedule prior to your visit to find out what special experiences will be offered.
Sea turtles are some of Earth's most ancient and majestic creatures. For over 100 million years, they have traversed the seas, enduring mass extinctions and playing critical roles in maintaining food webs. But now they face a new threat – humans. It's time we learned more about these remarkable reptiles.
Dr. Phillips CineDome
From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars, and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.
Sea Lions – Life by a Whisker 2D
Digital Adventure Theater
A heart-warming journey of a sea lion pup, and the man that has dedicated his life trying to save her species. Embark on an epic quest through the uninhabited wilderness of the Great Australian Bight, to the lush kelp forests off the Californian coast.
Secrets of the Universe
Digital Adventure Theater
We are at the beginning of a period of unprecedented technological advancement, catalyzing a new age of scientific discovery. Travel with us on this immersive giant screen film, as we explore the most exciting machines ever conceived by man, including the Large Hadron Collider and James Webb Space Telescope. See how these new experiments allow us to look deeper into our origins, and unveil the mysteries of dark energy, dark matter and extra dimensions.
We’re looking for eager, passionate team members who want to make a difference in their community!
Orlando Science Center’s volunteers and interns all carry out our mission to inspire science learning for life. Whether their role is to directly interact with guests or work hard behind the scenes, every team member plays an important part in contributing to our organizational success.
Donate your time to bring the Science Center to life in a way that complements your expertise and interests.