Florida on a Tankful: Orlando's largest collection of real skeletons

By Scott Fais, Feature Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:40 PM EDT

If the film Night at the Museum were real, 6-year-old Aiden Edmonds would be its star.

"Rhino... He's a plant eater," Aiden points out.

"There are penguins right here, right here," he adds.

The inquisitive 6-year-old going on 30 got a close-up look at Skeletons Museum of Osteology in Orlando -- from combing the plains of Africa, to looking at animals in our own backyard, like manatee.

With his enthusiasm for bones, you would think Aiden would know what he wants to be when he grows up.

"Seriously, I don't know, but I will figure it out," Aiden says.

Skeletons Education Programs Director Ashley Mason-Burns presents several skulls that can be touched, like a tiger skull.

"If we learn about them now, we can sort of prepare for the future," Mason-Burns says.

More than real 500 skeletons all in the same place. The biggest is the African bull elephant....

"It weighs 1,500 pounds, the bones alone," Mason-Burns says.

The smallest is the shrew hiding inside a box.

"It's entire skeleton is about the size of my pinky finger," Mason-Burns says.

As Aiden will tell you, all the Skeletons here are real, unless you find a blue dot. That means, it's a reproduction.

"They all come to us as a donation," Mason-Burns says. "Nothing was killed or hurt to live at the museum."

The Skeletons Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.. You can find located at I-Drive 360, in the shadow of the Orlando Eye, on International Drive.

Tickets are $21.29 for adults, $13.83 for children.