MOSI celebrates 20TH anniversary of Einstein on Food & Wine

0image0The Museum of Science & Industry will host its 20th annual Einstein on Food & Wine on Jan. 17, 2015. This celebration of the senses highlights the delicious and diverse cuisine of Tampa Bay, alongside the palate pleasers of winemakers from around the country. The event is ideal for anyone who enjoys wine, food, music and supporting a worthy cause through a silent auction. Additionally, all proceeds from this event enable MOSI to fulfill its mission of making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds.

The event begins at 8 p.m., but those with VIP tickets will be granted early access beginning at 7 p.m. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, the host sponsor, will feature more than 120 vintners with a variety of wines, including reds, whites, and champagnes, domestic and imported. Delicious food and desserts from more than 30 different local restaurants will be featured including BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Bubbaque’s, Anise Gastrobar, The Cooks Club of Tampa Bay, The Revolution Ice Cream, Sausage Laboratory, Turtle Beach Natural Foodservice, Evo’s, Miller’s Tasty Treats, Blue Bell Creameries, Benedetto’s, Melina International Trading Co., Cassie’s Cookies, Organo Gold OG Café Ladies, Urban Tea Gardens, and Urban Juice Company along with a variety of food trucks like Not Your Ordinary Food Truck and beer provided by Brew Bus Brewing, Bastet Brewing, Coppertail Brewing and World of Beer. In addition to the array of food and wine, a silent auction will be held with proceeds to benefit MOSI’s educational programs.

In an effort to highlight the evening’s true purpose, MOSI’s S.T.E.A.M.punks will be showcasing their random acts of science throughout the museum, the same experiments they employ to help children learn the wonder of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (S.T.E.A.M.). This event will also feature roaming Einsteins, Ghostbusters, Roller Derby girls, the Tampa Bay Squad of the 501st Legion – the Star Wars Imperial costuming organization and much more.

Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will receive an exclusive opportunity to sample some of the most premier wines and indulge in Tampa Bay’s top restaurant tastings which will be offered an hour early at 7 p.m. in MOSI’s “Wintery Wonderland VIP Lounge.” Additionally, Blake Herndon, Ritz Carlton’s Highball & Harvest’s Lead Mixologist, will create handcrafted cocktails infused with seasonal fruits and herbs to the first 100 individuals that secure their VIP experience. His craftsmanship is sure to impress, while also providing education on the essential ingredients and techniques required to create these fresh, tasty spirits that are as inspiring as they are memorable.

Participating restaurants will have their food judged by event guests in a quest to find the best food at Einstein on Food & Wine. Guests will vote for their favorite restaurant by dropping a dollar in their ballot box. The restaurant with the most dollars at the end of the night wins “Fan Favorite.” All proceeds benefit MOSI’s educational offerings and provide scholarships for Tampa Bay’s most underserved youth. Winners will be announced at the close of the silent auction in MOSI’s Grand Lobby by MOSI’s Executive Chef Rene J. Marquis. Chef Marquis, an American Culinary Federation Judge and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is a retired combat veteran of 21 years. Chef Marquis has appeared on a variety of popular culinary shows, including Alton Brown’s latest show on the Food Network Channel, “Cutthroat Kitchen,” where he finished on top as the winner of Season 1, Episode 7.

Prize categories are as follows:

-First Place will receive $1,000 and a plaque

-Second Place will receive $750 and a plaque

-Third Place will receive $250 and a plaque

-Fan Favorite will receive a plaque and bragging rights

Einstein on Food & Wine tickets are $60 for members, $75 for non-members and $85 when purchased the week of the event. The event begins at 8 p.m. and guests must be 21 years or older to attend. VIP tickets can be purchased for $125, which includes early access to Einstein on Food & Wine at 7 p.m. and access to the VIP lounge featuring exclusive wines, food vendors and Blake Herndon’s handcrafted cocktails.

Einstein on Food & Wine is sponsored in part by Bay Area Medical Resources, Inc., Service Systems Associates, Wells Fargo, MOSAIC, Validus Senior Living, Raymond James Stadium, Pro Forma Printing, the Tampa Bay Times, Macy’s, the Florida Education Fund, and Molly Demeulenaere. The event will benefit the education programs at MOSI. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 813-987-6000813-987-6000 or visit


MOSI to be featured in new History Channel reality show airing this Saturday

Museum Men, the History Channel’s new reality show, brings history to life by creating exhibits for museums nationwide.


Earlier this year, the team from Creative Arts designs reached out to MOSI in the hopes of manufacturing two iconic exhibits for their latest season.

Museum Men successfully researched, designed and constructed a lunar module and a Byzantine Throne for display at MOSI. This Saturday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. viewers can watch the birth of MOSI’s lunar module exhibit on H2.

To learn more about the show and to see clips from previous episodes, check out their website:

Tiny Giants 3D Opens December 17, 2014 at AutoNation IMAX Theater

Viewers will soon be able to marvel at Tiny Giants 3D opening December 17, 2014 at AutoNation® IMAX Theater, the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. The first original giant screen film release from BBC Earth Productions, the film is an adventure of epic proportions created by the BBC’s  award-winning nature film makers Michael Gunton (Africa, One Life, Madagascar) and Mark Brownlow (Planet Earth, South Pacific). The film is being distributed worldwide to museum cinemas by BBC Earth and Chicago-based Giant Screen Films & D3D Cinema.

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Narrated by Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Tiny Giants 3D will transport audiences into our miniature heroes’ astonishing worlds, showing that the smaller you are the bigger the adventure. With jaw-dropping drama this pioneering film reveals the great courage and skill essential to our planet’s smallest creatures to succeed in a titanic battle for survival. Ground breaking cinematography and cutting edge 3D achieve an incredible immersive intimacy that allows audiences to truly see and feel what life is like when you’re under one foot tall.

A chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona’s scorched deserts are both forced to grow up fast when they find themselves alone for the first time. Facing experienced rivals and huge predators, our chipmunk hero must find his courage to gather enough acorns for winter. Forced out of the family home, our adolescent grasshopper mouse is then swept away in a flash flood. He needs to learn the skills to survive and lay claim to his own patch of desert as he becomes an adult. Only by using their ingenious ‘superpowers’ can our heroes not only stay alive but also become masters of their universe.

The AutoNation® IMAX Theater, owned and operated by the Museum of Discovery and Science, opened in 1992. The 300 seat theater is a showcase of state-of-the-art motion picture technology. In September 2014, the theater underwent an extensive renovation including a new giant screen (60 ft. x 80 ft.), new luxury seats, new powerful sound system and the addition of a digital projection system to complement our 15/70 film projector. The new dual IMAX projection system allows for both digital and 15/70 IMAX films to be shown, offering a more consistent flow of new Hollywood films in addition to our classic documentaries. The IMAX Experience® is an unparalleled fusion of sight and sound. Audiences will enjoy five-story high images of unsurpassed brilliance and clarity as they’re immersed in 32,000 watts of digital surround sound broadcast through 56 speakers. And the special geometry of the theater makes you feel as though you’re immersed in the action. You’re just not seeing the movie — you’re part of it. Both 2D and 3D films are shown in the theater and 3D films are viewed using special IMAX® 3D glasses. The AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater is home to the BIGGEST screen in South Florida and is one of only three Certified Giant Screen® theaters in Florida as certified by the Giant Screen Cinema Association. For show times, call 954.463.IMAX (4629) or visit

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

Friends of MODS presents “Starry Night at the Museum” on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Get ready for an evening of astronomical proportions! The Museum of Discovery and Science’s auxiliary group, Friends of MODS, will host “Starry Night at the Museum” on Tuesday November 18, 2014 at 6 p.m. featuring an exclusive screening of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar: The IMAX Experience 70mm Film.

The price of admission to Starry Night at the Museum includes access to the reception, located in the traveling exhibit hall, complete with open bar and themed ‘space’ cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a special silent auction, DJ, raffle prizes and entry to the AutoNation IMAX Theater! Attendees will get to journey into the new Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists as it pulls them in to the modern search for real black holes—the most mysterious and powerful objects in the universe.

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This extraordinary intergalactic evening concludes with a screening of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar: The IMAX Experience 70mm Film on the BIGGEST Screen in South Florida! Interstellar stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club” , “Wolf of Wall Street”), Anne Hathaway (“The Dark Knight Rises”, “Alice in Wonderland”), and Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “The Help”) about a group of explorers making use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. It is already gaining praise as one of Christopher Nolan’s best films to date.

Guests will experience Interstellar: The IMAX Experience 70mm Film  at AutoNation® IMAX Theater, which is the only theater south of Orlando showing Interstellar in 15 perf/70mm film format allowing viewers to experience the full size of Christopher Nolan’s special IMAX scenes on the five-story high IMAX screen. The 15 perf/70mm IMAX Experience ® combines the brightest, clearest images at almost 10 times the resolution of standard projection formats, with powerful, laser-aligned digital sound and customized theater geometry to create the world’s most immersive movie experience.

Regular Seating tickets are $45 for Friends of MODS and museum members and for $55 non-members. VIP Preferred Seating Tickets are $60 for Friends of MODS members and $70 for non-members. VIP Seating includes one free raffle ticket. Guests can also register to become members of the Friends of MODS group that evening. To purchase tickets, please call Nicole Rodriguez at 954.712.1159 or visit the website: Indulge and get your tickets today!

Friends of MODS Auxiliary Chairman, Nila Do Simon, said, “Friends of MODS is excited to continue our event season, following the success of the 2nd Annual BFF Luncheon, with Starry Night at the Museum. We look forward to soaring to new heights. This exciting evening will include amazing science demos, open bar, great food and company, networking opportunities, plus capping it all off – the special screening of Interstellar: The IMAX Experience 70mm Film on the BIGGEST screen in South Florida – AutoNation IMAX ® Theater”.

The mission of Friends of MODS is to provide the Museum of Discovery and Science with financial support, volunteer service and community awareness. Through hands-on participation in fund raising events and volunteer opportunities they serve as goodwill ambassadors in the community in a social and engaging way.

In 2013 Friends of MODS launched the BFF Campaign. The BFF Campaign is an outreach and fundraising effort to provide youth development and specialized internship programs at MODS. These programs develop basic job skills, help discover career aptitudes, enrich STEM education and provide hands-on learning experiences for the underserved, special needs, and economically disadvantaged, high-achieving student populations. To learn more or contribute to this campaign please click on this or contact Nicole Rodriguez at or 954.712.1159

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: JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Broward Health, 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. with extended IMAX® hours on most evenings.

Exhibit only admission prices are $14 adults; $13 seniors; $12 children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. The Museum of Discovery and Science is at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information call 954.467.MODS (6637) or

MOSI to open new interactive experience

MOSI’s newest interactive experience, Imagination Playground, is set to open on Oct. 15 and enables kids to engineer everything from robots to cities using cubes, bricks, cogs, curves, and cylinders. Imagination Playground allows kids to play in a way that encourages creativity and collaboration, while continually exploring new directions and initiatives that promote the benefits of learning, social development, movement and, above all, fun.

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This breakthrough play space concept enables children to create open-ended designs in a safe environment led by one of MOSI’s education staff. Guests can head over to MOSI’s children’s science center, Kids in Charge!, and dive into a play space that, unlike a traditional playground, is not made of monkey bars, slides or see-saws.  In this innovative hands-on zone, children work with large foam pieces to connect and build in intricate ways, enabling them to bring their visions to life.

Imagination Playground has received rave reviews around the country. The New York Times says it is “a playground where children’s creativity can run wild,” and CNN calls Imagination Playground “…the most innovative playground design since child psychologists started fiddling with jungle gyms in the 1960s.”

Designed by David Rockwell, these unique building blocks are non-toxic and made of a lightweight, yet durable foam. They are soft and friendly to the touch yet dense and firm enough to build structures and shapes.

Imagination Playground will be located inside MOSI’s Kids in Charge! building and will replace MOSI’s Astronaut Training Adventure. This experience will be included with the cost of general admission and free for MOSI members. MOSI admission, which includes MOSI exhibits, Imagination Playground, and a documentary IMAX film, is $22.95 for adults, $20.95 for seniors (60+), $18.95 for children (6-12), and children 5 and under are free. Museum hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, call 813-987-6000 or visit 

Giant Five Story Tall Screen is Being Installed Today at AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater

The AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater is completing a total renovation this week and will reopen on October 9, 2014, with the Hollywood feature film, Dracula Untold. Today, the  new 60’ x 80’ giant screen is being installed by a team of expert riggers. New luxury seats, a new powerful digital surround sound system and a digital projection system that will complement our 15/70 film projector have already been installed.

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Kim Cavendish, President/CEO said, “This renovation will refresh our theater and allow us to deliver the Ultimate IMAX Experience. Our screen is the biggest in South Florida and the experience in the theater simply cannot be beat.”

The renovation started on August 18, when school began, and on the first day the seats were completely removed as well as the giant screen. Scaffolding was constructed inside the theater to allow workers to clean the high ceiling, refurbish the acoustical baffles and install an audio rigging system for the laser digital projection system coming next year. Next, the scaffolding was removed and the new luxury seats were installed. Then, IMAX technicians installed two IMAX digital projectors plus a new digital sound system boasting 32,000 watts of digital surround sound broadcast through 56 speakers. The final step that is taking place today is the installation of a new giant screen. The 60′ x 80′ screen arrived on October 4, 2014 in a sixty-foot long crate. Today, the crate was hoisted up by two lifts to a second floor window and loaded into the theater. Once unpacked, the screen will be raised in place on the IMAX screen frame. 

The obvious difference in the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater is its  large screen, which  literally spans from floor to ceiling and wall to wall. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, the screen isn’t simply bigger, it’s also shaped differently – not only wider but higher and curved  — which creates an immersive experience no matter where you’re seated. The very material of the screen is also different, more reflective and brighter, creating images of greater intensity and clarity.

Then there’s what we call the theater  geometry, which refers to the shape of the auditorium and how the seats are placed. Most movie auditoriums are long and narrow, to get the most people in, with the screen way off at the far end. The distinctive shape of the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater is designed to bring the audience not only closer to the screen, but better-positioned in relation to it. The result is an image that’s wider and higher than your field of view, a picture that’s immersive because you’re not aware of where it ends. And that, in turn, is what gives you the feeling you’re part of the action, out among the stars, not just peeking into a scene.

We’re also one of only three Certified Giant Screen® theaters in Florida. To qualify, a theater’s screen must be a minimum of 3,100 square feet (the AutoNation IMAX Theater screen is 4,800 square feet) and all seating must be placed within one width of the screen plane. More information about the certification can be found at Giant Screen Cinema Association.

The installation of the new IMAX digital projection system enables us to bring moviegoers more Hollywood blockbusters in IMAX than ever before. Having a dual IMAX projection system will allow for a more consistent flow of new Hollywood films in addition to our classic documentaries such as BUGS 3D! A Rainforest Adventure opening on October 14, 2014. The digital system will debut with Dracula Untold opening October 9, 2014 and on November 4, 2014, audiences will enjoy an exclusive presentation of Interstellar in 15/70 large format opening two days early at the AutoNation IMAX Theater. Director Chris Nolan filmed over one hour of Interstellar using IMAX cameras and only at the AutoNation IMAX Theater will you be able to see the full size of these special scenes on our giant 60′ by 80′ IMAX screen. For the Holidays, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 3D will open on December 17, 2014.

The Museum of Discovery and Science, home of the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater, is at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For show times, call 954.463.IMAX (4629) or visit