Address
777 East Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803
phone: 407-514-2000
fax: 407-514-2277
e-mail: info@osc.org
web: www.osc.org
Hours
Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Wednesdayclosed
The Orlando Science Center is open the first Wednesday of each month and offers extended hours on Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer. Please check www.osc.org for details.
Admissions
Adult: $17 Youth (Ages 3-11): $12 Senior (Age 55& Up): $16 Student (with ID): $16 Age 2 and under: Free Annual Membership: Individual: $95 Couple: $110 Family: $125 Please Note: Discount Coupons and Complimentary Passes: To plan your visit,check out our Black-Out Date Calendar for available dates. Admission Prices and content are subject to change. Complimentary guest passes, member guest passes, consignment vouchers, discount offers and reciprocal member admissions are not accepted during major special events such as but not limited to Otronicon or the Festival of Chocolate.
Museum Type(s)
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Cafe/Restaurant
Group Tours
Staff
JoAnn Newman, President/CEO
phone: 407-514-2000
Jeff Stanford, Vice President of Marketing
phone: 407-514-2145
Debra Gordon, Vice President of Operations
phone: 407-514-2029
Craig Meyer, VP/Finance, CFO
Heather Norton, Vice President of Education
Leslie Warhurst, Vice President of Human Resources
Shelley Rodgers, VP of Development
Hazel Theriault, Manager of Public Programs

Description

The Orlando Science Center serves as the hub of informal science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning in central Florida. Each year more than 300,000 guests enjoy interactive and engaging exhibits and demonstrations as well as our giant screen films, planetarium shows and observatory. School break and summer camps provide thousands of children from preschool through high school to explore science concepts from engineering to CSI, in-depth and hands-on. Our newest addition, preschool, serves 4 years olds, engaging them in exploration at very young age. Check out our Dark Science program weekend evenings during the summer. From laser shows to our ever popular Kaboom!, there is something for everyone.

Mission

Inspire Science Learning for Life

History

In January 1955, the Central Florida Federation of Art and Sciences (CFFAS), a group of visionary Central Florida citizens, chartered a small non-profit science museum called the Central Florida Museum and Planetarium. Renamed the Orlando Science Center (OSC) in 1973, it operated in a small, often expanded, building for 30+ years. In 1993, the Board decided to build an entirely new facility and, after completing a $48.9 million capital campaign, a modern science center was inaugurated in 1997. The 207,000 sq. ft. facility is architecturally distinctive and built for the future with exhibit halls, nature habitats, inviting exhibit galleries, classrooms, a giant screen theater, an auditorium/theater, an observatory and visitor amenities. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, OSC has served more than 4 million visitors since 1997. More than 1 million of these visitors were K-12 students. Today, on an annual basis, more than 70,000 students are served by the Science Center through school field trips or outreach programs and our dedicated volunteers spend 25,000 hours working with us to insure a high level of guest engagement.

Educational Programs

Youth Programs: • CAMPS are centered on teaching students using hands-on, entertaining methods in an educational setting. Approximately 2,000 youth experience camps each year. • FIELD TRIPS provide in-depth, interactive experiences that relate to the FCAT and Florida Sunshine Standards. • SCIENCE COMPETITIONS encourage science learning through research and experiment based projects. • OUTREACH PROGRAMS deliver educational programming to schools and community organizations. Early Learning Programs: • CHILDREN'S MUSEUM is in the development stages at the Center. • PRE-SCHOOL meets individual learning styles, stimulating progression at a child's own pace. General Audience Programs: • OTRONICON is an interactive event that allows the general public to see the science, technology, and art behind digital media. • GREENOVATIONS hosts speakers, workshops, and films on conservation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. • MISSION NUTRITION, a Scienterrific Saturday event, focuses on the importance of health and fitness in our daily lives. On-going Sponsored Education Programs: • A.W.E.S.O.M.E (Alternative Water and Energy Supply; Observation, Methods and Education) PROGRAM is an outreach program that has provided in-classroom workshops to over 7,500 5th grade students. The program focuses on the importance of alternative energy usage and the practice of water conservation. • NURSING CAREERS PATHWAYS INITIATIVE engages students in health education and gives them an opportunity to explore medical career options. The program includes outreach programs to schools and summer academy camps. • SCIENCE LITERACY PROGRAM AT EVANS HIGH SCHOOL will provide teachers with professional development sessions, students with in-class workshops, and families with a family science day at Evans High School. These efforts will encourage the Pine Hills community and its families to learn together and support academic achievement.

Governance

Private Non-Profit

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Parking

Restrooms

Services

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Restaurant

Group Tours