This summer, travel through time and experience innovations and breakthroughs we’ve made in the many fields of science with hands-on exhibits, new mess kits, and engaging workshops.

Visit the MESS Hall on May 26 for the grand opening and explore the history of scientific discovery with us.

This summer only! May 26 – August 19
Included with admission

Some featured exhibits are:

The Genetics Wheel – solve a phrase by matching codons in a DNA to the letter they “code for.” Just like assembling a protein, you’ll piece it together one-by-one.

Coprolites – don’t you wish there was a fossil of everything, so we could learn more about the natural world? Luckily even poop can become fossilized. What do you think you can learn about an animal from excrement? The answer may surprise you.

Bridges of Pensacola – you keep hearing “math is everywhere” from science and math educators. Let us prove it with this local spin on an algorithmic exercise.

Visit us to discover the other exhibits in Science Through the Ages!

Closure: the MESS Hall will be closed May 21st – 25th for exhibit installation


Workshops, Demos, & Special Guests

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm, enjoy learning, building, & creating during fun workshops covering a variety of science topics. Great for most ages and included with admission!

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June 5 – Light Science June 7 – Microscopy
June 12 – Electricity  June 14 – Metal
June 19 – Beekeeping* (w/ Dan Killingsworth of EBA)  June 21 – Biomimicry
June 26 – Archaeology* (w/ Mike Thomin of FPAN)  June 28 – Hammock Building
July 3 – Light Science  July 5 – Mechanisms
July 10 – Air Science  July 12 – Biomimicry
July 17 – Fossils (w/ Jamie Ellis of NASA/JPL SSA)  July 19 – Hammock Build
July 24 – Gravity  July 26 – Butterflies*
July 31 – Paper Making  August 2 – Microscopy

*w/ special guest


Special Events

Editing Our Evolution – Join scientists and fellow engaged citizens in a discussion on the many questions surrounding the possibility of editing the human genome.

As gene editing techniques become more refined, the possibility of editing the human genome is moving from science fiction to reality. Many in the scientific community are calling for strict regulations on the use of this technology, while others are excited about the possibilities. Should we create babies who will never know disease? Should we stick to smaller changes, like lowering the rates of breast cancer by eliminating mutations? Or should we call for society to ban human gene-editing? How can we maximize benefits from these scientific advances while minimizing the harm that might come from them?

June 21 | 6PM – 8PM | 116 N Tarragona St
Participants must be age 16 or older to attend this discussion. Light refreshments will be provided.
A free event, open to the public! RSVP greatly appreciated: Sign up today!
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Sip for Science – Wine Pull 

Play a role in supporting local science education and outreach by joining us for the 2018 MESS Hall Wine Pull.
Enjoy sampling a variety of wines, munching on hors d’oeuvres, and mingling with others who inspire creativity and scientific curiosity at the 2018 MESS Hall Wine Pull! Each guest gets a chance to win a”mystery” bottle of wine from the pull — experiment and see what you can win !

July 20 | 5:30PM – 7:30PM | The Pensacola MESS Hall | 116 N Tarragona St

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Summer Camp

Ignite scientific curiosity with themed camps this summer!
Weeklong, half-day camps explore a variety of topics. Find our schedule and theme descriptions on our camps page.

As always, members receive 20% off of camp registration.

Referral Perks
New for this summer, receive $10 off per referral you make! When someone signs up for camp, they’ll be asked to include your email as a referral. As a thank you from us, you’ll get $10 off of your next camp registration, or a rebate for already-enrolled young scientists.