Accessibility & Accommodation
Making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds
Welcome to MOSI, where we are intent on creating an inclusive guest experience where everyone can participate in the excitement of science. Many of our exhibits offer multi-sensory interactive experiences. If you are concerned about too much sensory stimulation, ask a MOSI staff member or volunteer about what you might expect while exploring the exhibits.
MOSI is wheelchair accessible. Automatic doors are located at the main entrance from the MOSI Entry Plaza and parking lot. Handicapped parking spaces are available near the entrance to MOSI. The property surrounding the museum is paved.
Wheelchairs are available at no additional cost on a first-come, first-served basis at the MOSI Ticket Office. Guests must leave a driver’s license or credit card at the ticket office until the wheelchair is returned.
Summer Sensory Camps are available.
MOSI can also create specialized programming for groups’ needs with advance reservations and notice of special needs.
Staff members are available to help with sign language interpretation if needed.
Service dogs are permitted.
Sky Trail® Ropes Course: Closed, secured, or athletic footwear is required.
Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
Please note that lighting in some exhibit areas may be dim due to the nature of the exhibition. Although visitors requiring assistance from a service animal are welcome, MOSI reserves the right to limit access that may pose safety or health concerns.
If you require an accommodation for your visit, please contact Jamie Buckingham, Director of Guest Services, at least 15 working days prior to your visit by calling (813) 987-6000 or by email at Jamie.Buckingham@mosi.org.
For hearing impaired assistance, please call the Florida Relay System at 711.
Partnering toward a more autism accessible experience
Tampa Bay’s leading experts in Autism Spectrum Disorder will guide MOSI in shaping its current campus and learning programs
To make fun and learning even more open to all families in Tampa Bay, the area’s leader in hands-on science learning is teaming up with the community’s largest provider of Autism Spectrum Disorder analysis and care. The partnership between the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) and Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay (BCOTB) is the first of its kind for either organization.
Working under the motto “partnering toward a more autism accessible experience,” the collaboration will lead to more vital science and math education for a wider range of students in Tampa Bay, richer and more fulfilling time together for families that include children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and guidelines for other museums and businesses that are looking to create a more inclusive experience.
“At MOSI, our core goal is to make science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. By partnering with BCOTB, we are taking that pledge further than ever before,” said former MOSI President & CEO Molly Demeulenaere. “Creating a more autism accessible experience means a fresh look at everything on our current campus – from the layout of our hands-on exhibits all the way back to how we let our guests know what to expect before they arrive.”
BCOTB and MOSI have already performed a thorough assessment of the science center’s current 300,000 square foot facility on E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa. Some potential changes identified in the study include revising maps and signs to clearly show families what kinds of sensory information (lights, sounds, etc.) to expect in certain areas and rearranging some exhibits to allow families to bypass sections they may find overwhelming. MOSI’s new website, set to launch in September, will incorporate new features to improve autism accessibility.
“This is a fantastic way to take the expertise BCOTB has developed by working one-on-one with families since 2003 and bring it out into the Tampa Bay community,” BCOTB President and Founder Kelley Prince said. “Our families are always searching for places where they can spend time together that will be supportive of their needs and won’t overwhelm them. We’re excited to help MOSI take that to the next level.”
The partnership announcement comes just days after BCOTB was recognized as one of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Fast 50 on July 21, acknowledging it as one of the area’s fastest growing private companies. BCOTB – which provides behavior analysis and care at locations in Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and Brandon – has also been honored with an Autism Impact Award from the International Center for Autism Research and Education and has been named Most Valuable Resource by Autism Speaks Tampa Bay.
Executives at BCOTB plan to use the guidelines created through the partnership with MOSI during future work with other organizations and companies, helping them meet their own goals of social and business growth through increased inclusiveness and autism accessibility. MOSI will begin implementing some changes immediately, with larger changes taking place during planned maintenance periods and as funding becomes available.