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Museum of Discovery and Science

The Museum of Discovery and Science (MOD) in Fort Lauderdale is one of the biggest museums of this kind in the state of Florida. Perhaps not surprisingly, it gets more visitors than any other museum in the state. It relocated to its present location in downtown Fort Lauderdale nearly 20 years ago.

One of the MOD’s main features can be found right in front of the entrance: the Great Gravity Clock is one of only three on earth. To see the other two you will have to travel to Mexico and Japan.


The museum regularly hosts sea turtle walks, birthday parties, and camp-ins. It also has its very own summer camp. There are also frequent informal meet-and-greets with exotic and native Florida fauna. Apart from that the museum regularly offers animal-centered demonstrations.

The MOD also from time to time hosts special events such as the yearly ‘Food and Wine Gala’ to help raise funds.

Entertainment facilities

The Museum of Discovery and Science features a MaxFlight flight simulator, a simulated airboat trip in the Everglades, and even a simulated journey to Mars. Apart from that, there are various ‘ecoscapes’ and the MOD has its own IMAX theater where 3-dimensional IMAX films are shown.

What to see

Among the wide variety of displays, some of the most popular are the many different native Floridian animal species. Members of the public can get fairly close to animals such as baby alligators, otters, tortoises, snakes, bats, rabbits, scorpions, tarantulas, cockroaches, geckos, hermit crabs, centipedes, freshwater stingrays, freshwater fish, frogs, black pacus, alligator snapping turtles, tadpoles, saltwater fish, sea turtles, and horseshoe crabs.

For kids

Apart from the animal displays, the Museum of Discovery and Science also has a Discovery Center for kids up to 7 years old. Here you will find Runways to Rockets where the children are given more information about space and have access to real flight simulators. There are also Powerful You! and Go Green exhibits. Other attractions include puzzles, games, food concessions, the Explore Store, and a moving exhibit. And finally, there are also a variety of rocks and minerals on display.

Want to visit more similar places? Have a look at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.

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