Orlando Science Center is one of America’s top hands-on science centers where learning is always fun.
Located in Orlando, Florida, interactive learning and discovery await within the center’s hundreds of exhibits, programs and labs, giant screen films and planetarium shows. The science center provides educational opportunities both within and outside the center’s walls, including field trips, family science nights at schools and community centers and other outreach.
The Science Center was incorporated in 1955 as the Central Florida Museum and opened in Orlando Loch Haven Park in 1960. The new facility opened in 1997 with four floors of exhibit space, an observatory, a giant screen domed theater for films and planetarium shows, a café, a store and much more. The facility was created by traditional museum exhibit designers and fabricators, as well as theme park designers and fabricators. These creative professionals worked with the Science Center staff to pioneer innovative exhibit environments for immersive guest experiences.
Interesting facts about the Science Center include:
- 300-seat Dr. Phillips CineDome featuring giant screen films and planetarium shows.
- 226-seat Digital Adventure Theater for live performances, science demonstrations, and 2D and 3D digital prresentations.
- Crosby Observatory, home to one of the state’s largest refractor telescope (accessible to the public).
- The Orlando Science Center is designed to meet national, state and local science and math curricula.
- The Orlando Science Center is based on constructivist learning theory.
- All exhibits correlate with Florida’s Sunshine State Standards and National Science Standards.