Explorations V Children’s Museum is becoming Florida Children’s Museum

The new Florida Children’s Museum is in progress! Make plans for enjoying the future of children’s museums in 2022. Photos are from January 2021.

The only children’s museum in Central Florida is growing with you and building for the future.

Almost 300 folks (community leaders, members, families, and partners) shared their vision for a new children’s museum.  These community members helped shaped the vision for beyond 2020.

The Vision

  • To open the doors of a children’s museum that re-defines informal learning beyond 21st  century teaching.
  • To provide a community resource that strengthens families.
  • To conduct research that advances our understanding of how children learn, how families achieve together, and what Central Florida needs as we raise the next generation.
  • To engage a community of curious explorers.

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The Team

Florida Children’s Museum’s new exhibit development and construction is overseen by a special exhibits committee. This committee is a group of experts in construction, engineering, project financing, architecture, and all have a passion for the Museum’s mission.

The Exhibit Committee:

  • Bradley Lunz, The Lunz Group
  • Craig Spurlock, McKesson
  • Jason Rodda, Rodda Construction
  • Jeff Sandman, Rodda Construction
  • Joe Lauk, Patel Greene & Associates
  • Lane Hickey-Wiggins, D-Print
  • Eddie Kleissler, Explorations V Children’s Museum
  • Kerry Falwell, Explorations V Children’s Museum

The exhibit committee selected a design and fabrication team after an international Request for Proposals process. These two firms are world-class designers and producers in the children’s museum field.

UNIVERSAL SERVICES ASSOCIATES

Universal Services Associates, Inc. was founded in 1974 to provide engineering and model-making services to major corporations throughout the United States. As computer-aided design (CAD) became more commonplace, and the need for model making was reduced, USA evolved into a leading exhibit fabrication firm specializing in mechanical, electro-mechanical, and computer-integrated exhibits with a staff of approximately fifty people in every role from senior management to craftspeople, technical designers, project managers, administration and business development.

Today, we are a full-service fabrication and exhibit coordination firm, supporting museums, zoos, aquariums, heritage centers, and corporations across the country. We take pride in our 45 years developing and fabricating compelling exhibits for children and science‐based exhibits and museums. Our emphasis on hands-on interactives, electro-mechanical experiences, and prototyping sets us apart from our competitors.

We are located just outside of Philadelphia, PA, which puts us in a favorable position to serve our clients and partners on the east coast. We build exhibits for partners all across the US, but our home has always been Philadelphia.

GYROSCOPE

Gyroscope Inc. is an award winning, museum planning, architecture, and design firm that specializes in emerging museums and cultural organizations undergoing change. They have built
a reputation as a highly imaginative firm with projects spanning a wide spectrum of internationally respected museums and science centers. Gyroscope recently completed exhibit
designs for the Louisiana Children Museum, Explore & More in Buffalo, the Thinkery in Austin, TX, Minnesota Children’s Museum, and MOXI: The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation in Santa Barbara. They are known for pushing the envelope and have won awards for both design excellence and family learning.

Gyroscope is collaborating with EVCM in the design of all the exhibits for their new home in Bonnet Springs Park. The exhibit experiences, indoors and outdoors, will expand the experiences for their core audience and offer exciting exhibits for the older audiences.