All Hands-On Science



Do you need a night off from the kids? Bring them to the MESS Hall for an evening of exhibit exploration and special activities. For ages 7 and up. Preregistration...

Science Sleuths

This month Science Sleuths explore engineering! This program is Wednesdays 3:30 – 5 pm (home school version 9 – 10:30 am). It is for...

Tinker Tots and Science Discovery Workshop

Join us Saturday, January 17 for two special programs. Tinker Tots provides young scientists, ages 3-kindergarten, a guided exploration of a science concept, including...

Hands-On Intro to Computer Programming

Hands-On Intro to Computer Programming

January 14, 3:30 pm – Students in grades 1-4 will participate in hands on activities that demonstrate principles underlying computer programs and then test...

Teacher Appreciation – Jan 10, 2015

Attention teachers! Visit the MESS Hall on January 10 for free admission! We appreciate everything you do and are eager to work with you...

Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff

The Pensacola MESS Hall is not a typical science museum. Rather than exhibits with planned outcomes, visitors get to work like real scientists, developing questions and creating experiments, engaging in complex reasoning and learning science just through tinkering. It’s all hands-on science. Learn more.

MESS Hall location
We are located at 116 N. Tarragona St. in downtown Pensacola, right behind Caldwell Associated Architects. (Need directions?)

Planning your visit

The Pensacola MESS Hall’s school year hours of operation are 2pm to 5pm on Tuesday through Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday. Admission is $8 per person, or free with a family membership.

Did You Know?
Upcoming Events

Science Friday Night 5:00 pm


Tech Team 4:00 pm


Tinker Tots 9:00 am

I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.

— Richard Feynman

The Pensacola MESS Hall is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Featured Exhibit Marble Run

Marble Run

Design your own marble racetrack and race your friends! The same track pieces and tubes can have very different results depending on angles and other factors. It's a great hands-on demonstration of physics concepts like acceleration and velocity, and it's just one of many permanent exhibits at the Pensacola MESS Hall.

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