The IMAG History & Science Center is an extraordinary, unique family-friendly destination in Southwest Florida featuring aquariums and animal exhibits; interactive displays, exhibits, and activities; presentations, and innovative programs all to inspire the imagination in you, your family, and friends. Through the lens of history and science, IMAG focuses on presentations and programs that advance STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) and our appreciation for the arts, culture, and rich history of Southwest Florida.
Calusa Indians, a large complex empire among the first inhabitants of Southwest Florida, are prominently showcased in the "Hall of History" exhibit, highlighting the industrious tools they crafted from natural materials from the area’s rich estuaries. Other items on display include a miniature replica of First Street in downtown Fort Myers as it appeared in 1900; artifacts from the site of the original fort of Fort Myers; historical objects from Florida’s prime cattle raising era; and fossilized bones of a giant sloth, a megalodon, and a saber-toothed cat, representing what would have been found here in the Ice Age era. There is also an interactive exhibit where guests can dig for fossils that might be found on an archeological dig in Southwest Florida.
Backyard Nature is a collaborative effort with local Master Gardeners to offer insight into sustainable choices for the area. Enjoy a snapshot aquarium of the Caloosahatchee River while taking in the beautiful landscaping with native and naturalized plants to discover how sustainability benefits us all.
When guests interact with the Augmented Reality Sandbox, the computer projector and a motion-sensing device detect your movements and respond accordingly, generating live maps in real time. Rivers with realistic fluid physics and the ability to create rain give you a hands-on glimpse at how watersheds shape the land around us.
IMAG provides hours of fun and entertainment for the entire family. Offering over 60 interactive exhibits, there is fun for the entire family to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and the history of Southwest Florida.
COMING FALL 2022: TUTANKHAMUN: "Wonderful Things" from the Pharaoh's Tomb. This seasonal exhibit will include 130 replicas of the pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions along with associated artifacts from the period surrounding Tutankhamun’s reign to reconstruct both the historic discovery of the tomb by Howard Carter, and the life and times of Egypt’s celebrated boy king.
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