If you are looking for a cheap fun thing to do in Orlando with your family in the evening, be sure to get in on the $5 admission offer Tuesday night at the Orlando Science Center. This great ticket deal is made possible by the Walmart Foundation which offers this special deal at OSC a couple times a year. Tuesday, June 23 is the night!
This is a great evening to take your entire family, especially younger children to the museum. From 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. you can view the 3-D films and all of the exhibits except the new “Mummies of the World” exhibit. It is closed for a special engagement. Additional Hollywood movies in 2D and 3D can be purchased in addition to the entry fee.
Some of the fun things to do are:
- Science Live – including digital adventure theater stage shows, storytime, animal interactions and more
- Exhibit Halls – including nature, planets, art, KidsTown and more
- Science Stations – including weather, space and SimMan
- Science Around Us – where you can ask a scientist and get experiments to try at home
- Crosby Observatory – which at this time of the year offers SkyWatch to view planets like Jupiter, Mars and Venus
Mummies of the World
This exhibit is great for educators, older children, and science enthusiasts. You definitely want to see it while it is at the Orlando Science Center (through late November). Younger children may also enjoy it, however, it can take as long as an hour and a half (even longer) to view it and thoroughly absorb its interesting presentation. I don’t know of too many youngsters that have an attention span for this type of exhibit, but some do. Mummies of the World exhibit provides a guideline for parents viewing the exhibit with children. It can be downloaded here.
The mummies in this exhibit come from all over the world. Places as far away as Ecuador, Scotland, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands and of course Egypt. The specimens help visitors learn how people and animals lived and died. Through advanced science, we are given a window into the lives of these ancient people, with unprecedented insights into their past cultures. Some of the interesting mummies include:
- The Orlovits family who are part of a group of 18th-century mummies discovered in a long-forgotten church crypt in Vác, Hungary in 1994
- Animal mummies including a cat and a falcon mummy from ancient Egypt, a lizard naturally mummified in the Sahara desert, a hare from an Alpine glacier, and the head of a sloth, shrunken as training for preparing human heads in the Jivaro culture of Ecuador.
- Complete and partial Egyptian mummies, illustrating how people were mummified and how the dead were treated in ancient Egypt.
- Many others
60th Anniversary Tops 500,000 Visitors
This is the 60th anniversary year for the museum. They recently celebrated (and surprised) their 500,000th visitor of the fiscal year (ends June 30). The Zabar family was presented gifts and a free annual membership to the museum by helping meet the half-million mark. It is no surprise that so many people enjoy OSC and find it a fun thing to do in Orlando.
If you’ve never attended this museum, the $5 admission offer is a great way to see what is offered at the Orlando Science Center. You may enjoy it so much you’ll purchase a membership, which is the best way to experience this museum on an ongoing basis. A family membership is $155 and an individual membership is $115. Be sure to budget for the $5 parking charge when you attend this Orlando attraction, or better yet, take the Sun Rail. Admission cost for the mummy exhibit (regular admission) is:
- Adult (12-54) $27.00
- Seniors (55 and up) & Students (with valid ID) $24.00
- Youth (3-11) $18.00
- Florida Teachers (with valid FL teacher credentials) $12.00
- Members $10.00
- Two and Under FREE
Operating Hours are:
- Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Friday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Orlando Science Center is open on most major holidays except for Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. It is located at 777 E Princeton St., Orlando, FL 32803. For more information about the Orlando Science Center, the Mummies of the World exhibit, or the special $5 ticket deal, go to osc.org, or call 407-514-2139. This is definitely a fun thing to do in Orlando. Be sure to make a day of it this summer!