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We might be rooted in the past, but our eyes are turned firmly toward the future. From cutting-edge military technology to the latest in robotics and artificial intelligence, Pensacola honors the spirit of its founders by constantly expanding the frontiers of knowledge.


Pensacola M.E.S.S. Hall

116 N. Tarragona Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
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The MESS Hall’s mission is to inspire curiosity, experimentation and creative problem solving through exploration of math, engineering, science and stuff (MESS). The 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. The Pensacola MESS Hall aspires to attract and create a community of critical and creative thinkers of all ages who are inspired by and understand the basic principles of science.


Florida Institute For Human & Machine Cognition

40 S. Alcaniz Street, Pensacola, FL 32502

Researchers at IHMC pioneer technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities. The first floor of the Levin Center for IHMC Research houses both a robotics and exoskeleton high bay laboratory and a sensory substitution lab. The second-floor observation corridor showcases a glass wall that overlooks the high bay robotics laboratory that offers youth and area visitors viewing access to state-of-the-art robotics work. IHMC currently offers two programs aimed at students. IHMC’s 2017 Robotics Summer Camp offers current middle school students the opportunity to work in teams and master LEGO robot challenges using the Lego Mindstorms Robots. Held one Saturday a month during the school year, Science Saturdays is a hands-on science program for kids in grades 3, 4, and 5. An IHMC researcher leads each session. Past activities have included lemon batteries, roller coasters, bridges, slime and secret codes.


University of West Florida - Florida Public Archaeology Network

207 E. Main Street, Pensacola, FL 32502

The FPAN Volunteer Lab Program seeks enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to help rough sort artifacts recovered from local archaeological sites. Volunteers work with small screens, trays, brushes, magnets and other lab tools to clean and sort artifacts. Once artifacts have been cleaned, they are placed into groups of like materials (i.e. brick, glass, shell, ceramics, stone, etc.) No experience is needed, but all volunteers are given a brief orientation by a professional archaeologist their first day.


National Naval Aviation Museum

1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32508
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"One of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 Museums in the United States,” it’s one of the world’s largest aviation museums — featuring nearly 350,000 square feet of displays. For kids entering 5th or 6th grades, Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp offers the opportunity to launch rockets, build gliders, experience simulated flight, and take in a Giant Screen movie – all in one week! Located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station, the facility boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation, and is one of Florida’s most visited museums. Lucky visitors might even catch the Navy’s precision-flying Blue Angels practicing during the week. 


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Explore 450 years of history right here in America’s First Settlement. Walk through forts, historic landmarks and the largest Naval Aviation Museum in America. Get hands on with real science and engineering experiments or blow your own glass. Discover new trails and habitats of seashore birds while biking, hiking or kayaking in our state and national parks.

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From nesting sea turtles to carnivorous plants, our natural beauty sets us apart.

Explore History

Forts, shipwrecks, railroad bandits – our story is the stuff bedtime stories are made of.

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Our artistic spirit is alive and well – our sugar-white beaches and turquoise water have inspired artists for centuries.

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