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Pensacola MESS Hall, Pensacola

Categories: Science Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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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  • I took my wife and son (5) here a few months back and was shocked when I heard the price after really not even considering the price. I can't remember exactly but I think it was $30-$35 for three of u...  read more »
  • Let me qualify this: I know lots of kids that would have been bored here. There are no TVs or video games. My kids were not - they LOVED it! At first glance, the place doesn't seem like much . . . go ...  read more »
  • Excellent hands-on museum for children. Science activity kits give kids hands-on STEM activities to do that are fun while learning. Puzzles and science hands-on stations also provide children opportun...  read more »
  • Don't expect a typical museum experience--it's even better. As an adult, it helped me step back and relearn how I can better help my kids interact with ANY environment through science. It amazed me that being a scientist seemed to come naturally to children--but I had been taught many social behaviors that hindered that process. I wanted instructions, had an urge to ask permission to explore (despite having been given it), desired validation and approval. Am I doing this right and did we do a good job? This was so much more satisfying when we could drop those expectations. Children gravitated to concepts that interested them and explored tangibly using the materials and knowledge at each station. They moved socially, often accessing each other for assistance which provided social practice. Even the baby in our group explored by pushing a stool around the entire room, overcoming obstacles, feeling the friction via vibrations. Adults supported even the baby in enriching experiences instead of saying "stools are for sitting." Wish we had one in my town but in reality--every place is a MESS Hall.
  • A really great experience for children (ages 4-12) and adults as well. If you have a child in public school, you may be familiar with the acronym S.T.E.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This is a great place to do "hands-on" STEM activities. A really fun and educational experience.
  • My son absolutely loved his visit. Asks at least once a week if we can go back. He loved making flying creations for the wind tunnels.
  • The mess hall is an awesome. Love the creativity of it and learning always want to come back.
  • I think this is a fun place for younger kids. My kid is 11 he enjoyed it however I think younger kids would enjoy the interactive activities better.
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