Miami’s science lovers can now mark an important date on their calendar. After years of construction, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science will finally open on Monday, May 8th. Science buffs of all ages can explore this state-of-the-art attraction, equipped with a laser light show and a three-level aquarium.
A Wonderful World of Science
Frost Science incorporates stunning new exhibits along with old favorites. This $305-million facility, a 250-000-square-foot building in Museum Park, houses a spectacular 67-foot replacement planetarium. Watch in amazement as 360-degree visuals of outer space flash before your eyes in brilliant color. Laser light shows on the first Friday of the month dazzle guests to the tune of rock and roll hits. Another laser display in the Hsiao Family Special Exhibition Gallery explains the science behind light.
Other items from the Coconut Grove museum will look familiar, such as a 13-foot-long fossilized fish that’s 55 million years old.
A standout new addition is the sprawling aquarium that pays tribute to South Florida’s aquatic ecosystems. Standing at the bottom, visitors can stare up at sharks through a 31-foot-wide oculus, and touch a stingray at the top level. H2O Today explores water conservation and Feathers to the Stars tells the story of flight. MeLab demonstrates how the body and mind work together. Learn all about the Everglades through the River of Grass exhibit. A display about sight will stay with the museum until October 20th this year.
Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way
Constructing the ex-Coconut Grove museum turned out to be a time-consuming challenge. The old museum closed in August 2015, and since then funding issues impeded construction. Frost Science initially obtained $165 million in bond proceeds from Miami-Dade County back in 2012.
Not enough donations were secured to complete the project, so last year the county granted another $49 million. The museum’s executive committee saw a drastic shake up and some plans didn’t make the cut. Regardless, the final product will no doubt impress and astound everyone who walks through the doors.
Have fun exploring the marvels of science this summer by taking your family or visiting with friends. Tickets cost $28 for adults and $20 for kids ages 3 to 11. There are also membership packages available for individuals and families.
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