To Fly: Aviation Exhibit – Launches on December 19, 2014 at Museum of Discovery and Science

Aviation enthusiasts of all ages will have a blast exploring the many interactive displays in the Museum of Discovery and Science’s refreshed aviation station, To Fly. This interactive exhibit will immerse visitors in aviation technology. By exploring different areas within the exhibit, visitors can learn about controlled flight, fundamentals of flight, navigation, and the materials used to build planes. The exhibit enhancements were made possible by a generous gift from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust.


The biggest change that will take place on December 19, 2014 is the addition of a 7D-multi-sensory theater capsule. The simulator uses moving seats, high definition 3D film and other special effects to allow visitors to “fly” in a variety of aircraft.

Step into Feel the Lift and you’ll be transformed into a bird by putting on wings and standing in front of our wind machine so you can see what it feels like to fly. Never been in an aircraft before?  No problem!  Examine a cabin midsection and get an idea of what it’s like being a passenger inside a real aircraft. Practice your piloting skills by climbing into one of five cockpit simulators. Choose to “fly” one of the following aircrafts: Air Bus A380, Cessna 172, DC-9, FA-18 Blue Angel, or a F22 Raptor.

Want to experience the real thing? Climb into the cockpit of a real DC-9 and see what it’s like to fly a real commercial liner. Experience the actual size of aircraft equipment by examining a real tail section from a Lear Jet after comparing your height with the 15 ft. tall landing gear from a real Airbus A300. Afterwards, head over to Pitch Yaw Roll to learn the three basic controls of planes.

Walk over to the air traffic control tower and learn how air traffic controllers navigate planes.  See where flights are going by tracking real footage on S.T.A.R.S. Radar. See how many planes share the sky at one time by watching real footage on an Air Craft Situation Display.

Ever wonder how something so big is able fly through the sky?  At Plane Stuff, visitors can compare the weight of various metals used to construct an aircraft.  Study wall-sized murals that depict a detailed cutaway diagram of the Air Bus A380 and a birds-eye view of the Fort Lauderdale Airport.

The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: Broward Health, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun Sentinel and Wells Fargo.

The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. General Admission prices are $19 for adults; $18 seniors; $15 children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. A General Admission Ticket includes admission to the Museum exhibits and one classic 45-minute IMAX movie. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at


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