Pensacola MESS Hall, Pensacola

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#5 of 12 in Museums in Pensacola
The Pensacola MESS (Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff) Hall is a hands on experience for exploration. It embraces the learner’s need to “mess about” with science to gain intuition in scientific phenomena. This concept incorporates the ideals of inquiry based science, where learners' explorations are driven by their own questions, rather than the questions dictated by an authority figure.
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  • Once a year, usually in October, the Pensacola Mess Hall science center sponsors a fossil hunt. Children are invited to listen to a short synopsis of a history of the Eocene Era and the sea life which...  more »
  • We have science ascr museum passes and took advantage of visiting this hands on establishment! This is a great place to bring kids and have them learn about the world around them through the experimen...  more »
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  • This place is truly great for all ages! Just keep in mind that some activities may only engage really young children for only so long before they are ready to move on to the next thing, however, there is enough to do for all ages. I went with our nieces ages 6 & 14 & our 20 year old daughter and all of them had fun. There are optical illusion things to try out, a little room with an abundance of slides to place under a microscope that shows you what you see on a screen on the wall, lots of activities even within this room. The bigger area has different activities that vary from wind tubes, table with water, sand, & rocks so our girls were able to create a dam, marble run was the mist time spent with the youngest two & loads of fun, & activity craft table with an abundance of options of crafts you can do as a family! Visit their website to see complete listing of activities and for only $10 per person (they also have military discount) was amazing for this SUPER educational place to go. One hour is NOT enough time to get through everything and we will be going back. Next time I'm taking my hubby because this is all right up his alley, but seriously just so much fun. If you like to watch "how this is made" or things that explain science-related facts, this is a fun, hands-on way to learn at ANY age. It's 1 floor, room for stroller, tables/chairs to sit down if need to rest, & friendly/helpful staff. Seriously, so fun!
  • Love how the menu changes up so frequently. It can get busy, but there are a lot of different areas to try out. As an adult, I've had fun experimenting with my son and building all sorts of things, but as he's gotten older I tend to get my own kit and only help if he asks me. It would be cool to have a teen themed event sometimes.

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