As spooky as they seem, you can learn a lot from 'dem dry bones. Skeletons are complex structures that are the building blocks of most living things and are not just for your Halloween decor. Discover why we need our skeletons in this fun, hands-on museum. Without skeletons, most living things on Earth would be immobile piles of flesh. Take an educational visit to this institution that serves as Orlando's only museum of natural history. What you'll find inside is mostly factual with a few strange oddities thrown in.
Throughout the museum's 40 exhibits, you'll find lots to see and do. Kids, adults, and families can go sleuthing to learn about anatomy in a fun, interactive way. Guests receive a scavenger hunt with their admission and get a prize for completing it. All ages will gain a better understanding of how creatures big and small move and bend through the intricacies of the skeletal system. The galleries are divided by species and geographical areas. And because this is Florida, the exhibits include special cautionary messages, showing skeletal remains of species such as manatees or dolphins killed by careless boaters. The museum also offers special events, educational programs, and field trips.
For adults, the museum hosts evening events that include a workshop or activity and even some adult beverages.
At Forensics Nights, find out what law enforcement, doctors, and anthropologists uncover at the scene of the crime by examining human skeletons using forensic osteology. Through a hands-on activity, you can learn to "read" the features of a human skull to determine age, sex, physical trauma, and/or illness. After you are taught the basic skills, work with your team to figure out the cause of death. Was it natural? An accident? Or maybe it was murder! Please note that this activity involves replica human skulls cast from real trauma cases and personal discretion is advised.
If you are an artist or photographer looking for inspiration, show up at Sketching with Skeletons. The museum displays over 500 actual skeletons. After most guests have departed, you can take your time to sketch and photograph to your heart's delight in the company of fellow creatives. The program allows artists and photographers to explore new skills or improve their figure drawing. Typically held during the last week of every month, dates may vary based on private events.
SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission for a day pass is $12.99 for children 12 and under and $19.99 for those 12 and up (prices subject to change).