Check out our Robotics exhibits! You'll find all sorts of interactive robotic units, including a health robot, underwater exploration units, and so much more!

Engineering, Physics, and Electricity

What makes airplanes stay in the air? How can an airflow create a vortex? How fast does wind blow during a hurricane? Experiment with our new Augmented Reality Wall, Bernoulli Blower, air cannon, Hurricane Simulator, and more to find the answer!

Color, Light, and Sound

Come see this exhibit to learn more about the properties of color and light!  From rainbow glasses to using the light spectrum to create music, a whirling kaleidoscope of light color and modern technology are on display in the center. Bonus--see if you can create a bubble bigger and taller than you in our brand new Bubbles exhibit to explore the light and color properties of bubbles. You can also create a colorful masterpiece on our giant LiteZilla courtesy of the Okaloosa Tourist Development Council that debuted in June 2019 or create your own tune on our Music Table courtesy of UWF.

SMALLab Learning Courtesy of Impact100 of Northwest Florida

Ever wondered how much fun it would be to have your entire family play on a room-sized iPad? Join us at the Emerald Coast Science Center to experience just that with our brand new SMALLab exhibit! SMALLab is an embodied learning environment where every person is up, moving, and collaborating. Movement is tracked by motion capture cameras, allowing you to walk around on a 15-foot by 15-foot playing field to complete activities.

Your family can work together to solve puzzles, create stories and character plots, study the world, and paint digital masterpieces with this innovative programming. With SMALLab, our classroom becomes the fraction, letter, molecule, paintbrush, or playing piece in hundreds of educational activities—all so much fun kids don’t even realize they’re learning!


This super fun, super interactive method allows children to collaborate and learn as they move. With lessons over science, language, arts, and more, SMALLab lessons give families a unique, innovative way to learn together. SMALLab programming can be tooled to fit a wide variety of age ranges, from age 2 to 102—so everyone in the family will enjoy going beyond the screen and immersing themselves in science with SMALLab.

Be sure to bring your socks—we throw shoes and most of the rules to the side when SMALLab is involved. Playing in socks allows us to keep our SMALLab mat in good shape, and kids always have fun kicking off their shoes and playing in SMALLab. Words simply can’t describe this cutting-edge exhibit, so experience the magic of SMALLab firsthand!


*Due to the nature of the SMALLab exhibit, it is not continuously open. Be sure to check it out on our Discover Science Saturdays and during our summer schedule. SMALLab is great for field trips, special events, and parties, too.

Creature Features and Chem Demos --summer only!

Stop by Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. to get an up-close encounter with a few of our critters! We're also featuring stunning chemistry demonstrations Thursday at 10:30 a.m See science in action June 1 through Labor Day. To reduce interactions between guests and staff, our normal summer programming will look a little different this year. Our Creature Features and Chem Demos will only be visual in nature to allow for social distancing. 

Emerald Coast Ecosystem Exhibit

This exhibit, courtesy of the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council, features brand new exhibits in 2020! The Ecosystem Room houses interactive elements including a sensory pool noodle ocean, watershed tilt table, and a state-of-the-art augmented reality sandbox where guests can create watershed models and experiment with virtual rainfall. All of these exhibits contain information regarding our watershed, our local waterways, and our indigenous species found in theses waterways. 


Mini Makers and Experimenters Lab

Your youngest explorers will go wild for our new lab! All activities and exhibits in our Mini Makers Lab are geared toward preschool-aged learners. With numerous hands-on activities, a light table, and A bubble table, your toddlers will have a blast learning and exploring the basics of STEM. This room is courtesy of the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council

To allow six feet of space between groups or families, not all museum exhibits will be functional until social distancing guidelines have been relaxed. Markers will indicate six feet of space between exhibits. Please do not congregate in groups larger than 10 people while using one exhibit. Thank you for your understanding during this time. Your safety is our top priority! Please visit our COVID-19 procedure page to learn how we're keeping families safe this summer as they visit the museum.

Outdoor Exhibits
We love the great outdoors, and we're adding several new outdoor exhibits to the museum Summer 2020. Thanks to generous donations from Legendary Marine, Whitworth Builders, and Navarre Lumber, you can have an epic high-seas adventure on our new Marine Exhibit. You'll be able to climb aboard our boat and learn how vessels stay afloat in water, how radio communication is made possible on board, and even the engineering behind boat building. Feeling more like making a discovery of mammoth proportions? Stop by our Dino Dig Pit courtesy of Wild Willy's Adventure Zone, GCF Concrete, and Woerner Landscape. Grab your tools and see what creatures lie beneath the sand as you try your hand at paleontology. Be sure to stroll by our aviary, turtle ponds, and tortoise enclosure while you're outside. Play a game of giant checkers and enjoy some fresh air. Other outdoor exhibits will be making their debut soon!

Our Makerspace is open every Thursday from 12-2 p.m. Makerspace events and pricing vary, please see our schedule of events for each week's activities. This is not a drop off program, but something for families and groups to enjoy together. You can utilize state-of-the art equipment to learn a new skill, experience awesome, hands-on activities, or craft your own projects; our Makerspace is here to take tinkering to the next level. We have a variety of tools, equipment, and opportunities, so whether you're interested in making and creating or just want to learn how to use various technology, we've got something for everyone in the space.

Sea Turtle Sanctuary

This exhibit, courtesy of the Okaloosa Tourist Development Council, allows guests to learn more about sea turtles, their health, and conservation efforts while providing a firsthand look at what it is like for sea turtles in our region. You can help out our "turtles" as you try your hand at becoming a sea turtle conservationist, dive in and play as a sea turtle on an app, and don't miss our interactive sea floor! Guests can even track turtles with assistance from the Sea Turtle Conservancy.


Explore the final frontier! Check out our rotating NISE Network kits in the main gallery space. Explore the universe and learn things like how stars form from the dust and gas that exists in space clumping together, discover how gravitational attraction in space works, and more. Looking for more space exploration? Be sure to check out our Planetarium Nights the first and third Thursdays of the month.


Design, Research, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Science: anything is possible in our DREAMS Lab. The DREAMS Lab is home to numerous interactive kits to help guests learn about a wide range of scientific topics. In the Lab, guests can take out various educational kits to learn about nature, science, physics, and so much more

31 SW Memorial Parkway

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


Museum Hours:

Wednesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1st & 3rd Saturday of the month: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
2nd & 4th Saturday of the month: Private birthdays &  reservations only

Sunday - Tuesday: Closed

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