It’s official! The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science has made the move from its home of 55 years in Coconut Grove, to a prime downtown location in Miami’s Museum Park. The architectural masterpiece, designed by Grimshaw Architects, spans 250,000 square feet and features four inter-connected buildings, the Frost Planetarium, Aquarium, and North and West Wings, where guests can explore the core science behind living systems, the solar system and known universe, the physics of flight, light and lasers, the biology of the human body and mind, and much, much more.
“Frost Science is a testimony to so many who gave their passion and dedication to making this a reality. The museum will be a place where our community can learn about 21st century science and technology in an era where science and technology is defining all that we do. Our goal is to be a vibrant educational resource to the local community and an international destination for visitors that encourages curiosity and investigation,” said Frank Steslow, Frost Science President.
The downtown location of the facility further defines the area as Miami’s cultural hub, with the Perez Art Museum Miami adjacent, the Adrienne Arsht Center a few blocks north and Miami’s Children’s Museum just across the causeway. “Together, this constellation of cultural institutions provides our community with one of the most dynamic and diverse sets of cultural attractions anywhere,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez
Kids, and kids at heart can prepare to be wowed, fascinated and educated as they explore the facility’s 3-D 8K- projection Planetariums, one of only 13 in the world, it features a 16 million color visual system using six projectors and surround sound inside – providing an ultra-real virtual journey for guests in the 250 seat arena.
An engineering feat and stunning display, is the impressive 3 level Gulfstream Aquarium featuring fish, stingray, and tiny organism found within the coral. Each level offers guests a unique perspective on the environment, with the Deep level sharing the mysteries of the Gulf Stream’s depths through a one -of-a-kind, 31-foot- wide oculus lens and viewing portal that offers stunning views of the “stars of the exhibit”, the Gulf Stream sharks, who command loud cheers from onlookers at each appearance.
Make your way to the North Wing to explore the “Feathers to the Stars” exhibit, where you’ll encounter a 30 foot feathered dinosaur and a supporting cast of feathered friends, as well as explorations into the evolution and pioneers of human flight, from rockets to planes. This exhibit is particularly interactive offering lots of opportunities for hands-on exploration of some the theories and concepts being presented.
Explore the physics of light and lasers at the LASERsHOW: Light, Color and Geometry, an installation with a dramatic series of lights that are displayed over guests’ heads, created by Matthew Schreiber. Bring the Everglades to life at the indoor/outdoor, River of Grass exhibit where digital animals frolic and interact, communicating a fun storyline of biodiversity, hydrology and environmental science.
Last stop is the Lunar Terrace, a living roof showcasing native vegetation in an urban garden setting, located on the facility’s West Wing. After hours of exploration, enjoy views of Museum Park at the facility’s casual dining area.
Frost Science is open 365 days a year. For cost of admission and additional details, please visit www.frostscience.org
Gulf Stream Aquarium Oculus, Photo by Ra Haus
LASERsHOW, Photo by Ra Haus
Frost Planetarium (interior), Photo by Ra Haus
Interactive Media Wall in Aquarium Deep, Photo by Patty Nash Photography
Feathers to the Stars, Photo by Ra Haus