Hey everyone! Travis here with some great things to do in Tampa Bay. In case you hadn't heard, there's a new, really cool exhibit that just hit the scene (crime scene that is) at Tampa's MOSI! Here's the lowdown:
This summer, visitors to Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) will star in the newest edition of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation by playing the role of forensic scientists in CSI: The Experience. Inspired by the hit CBS television series, the traveling exhibit highlights the process of scientific inquiry and real investigation techniques used to solve crimes. It opens to the public on June 19 and runs through September 6.
From DNA and firearms analysis to forensic anthropology and toxicology – sciences vital to unraveling the mysteries of crime scene investigation -- visitors are immersed in hands-on science in an exciting multimedia environment with dazzling special effects direct from the CSI TV series. Characters from the show welcome visitors to CSI: The Experience from a large video monitor then lead them throughout the experience.
The new recruits start their investigation in one of three crime scenes: a suburban living room, a hotel alley and a remote desert. Each scene creates a very different crime mystery, but the task at hand is the same as visitors are challenged to identify and gather evidence; analyze materials with the help of the latest scientific and technological advances; formulate hypotheses about the crime; and confirm and communicate their findings.
CSI: The Experience features two separate crime labs where visitors can explore the state-of-the-art technology used in evidence analysis. In order to trace vehicle tracks, clothing fibers and paint chips in the first lab, museum-goers will collect data from mass spectrometry and microscope analysis to determine where matches occur and how they contribute to the larger hypothesis. Here, visitors can also evaluate digital evidence provided by cell phones and other electronics, in addition to hard evidence such as fingerprints, blood patterns and ammunition casings.
In a second laboratory space, visitors examine forensic art as they study age progression and attempt to match an image with a victim. At the end of CSI: The Experience, visitors use the scientific information they gathered to answer a series of multiple-choice questions on touch screens. After completing the survey, a case summary is generated and exhibit-goers can compare their scientific findings to those of expert crime scene investigators.
Developed by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, with support from CBS Consumer Products and the National Science Foundation, CSI: The Experience maintains the spirit of the popular television series and is geared toward adults and youth ages 12 and above. For more information about the exhibit, go to www.CSItheexperience.org.
In addition to CSI: The Experience, MOSI will be transforming the grand lobby into a Forensic Academy, allowing guests to participate in activities that will help them on their way to becoming a forensic investigator!
MOSI will also be offering CSI After Dark on Friday and Saturday nights from close until 9 p.m. (last ticket sold at 8 p.m.). CSI After Dark provides visitors access to the CSI: The Experience exhibit (the museum’s permanent exhibit galleries are closed). Admission for CSI After Dark is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $10 for children.
MOSI will be offering a variety of value-added events including fingerprint art and guest speakers to address topics such as Cyber Crime Prevention and Forensics. Admission to CSI: The Experience, MOSI exhibit Galleries, and one IMAX® Dome Standard Film, is $25.95 for adults, $23.95 for seniors, and $21.95 for children.
So, if you're like me and watch CSI, then you'll love this! so make sure you make plans to attend while it's here. And as always, keep checking back for more great Tampa Bay area events and other Tampa Bay entertainment options.