Finally. The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science will make its public debut Monday at 11 a.m. The facility, now a neighbor to Perez Art Museum Miami, has swapped its outdated Coconut Grove building for its new home at the forefront of technology and innovation (but also at Museum Park). Find out more about the museum and learn details about how you can be the first to explore it below.
We learned back in March that admission at the Frost Museum of Science would cost a hefty $28 for adults. Seniors and students get a slight discount at $25 and the cost of entry for children is $20.
Pro Tip: Sidestep the daily admission costs by purchasing an annual membership for only $65. It’s only a few more dollars than the price of admission on two separate days and if the museum lives up to its potential, providing exciting additions for frequent patrons, the $65 individual membership could be well worth the initial investment.
“What we envision is to see this place evolve as time goes by, so that a visitor who comes today will be again surprised when he comes back two months from now, and a year from now, because there will be new things happening all the time,” Phillip Frost said, according to the Miami Herald.
Pro Tip II: Miami-Dade residents can take advantage of a 15 percent discount when purchasing tickets at the Frost’s box office.
It’s no secret that Miami’s bustling population and knack for nightlife contribute to the light pollution that makes star gazing difficult.
But visitors to the Frost Museum of Science can get an intimate look at the night skies in the facility’s state-of-the-art planetarium.
A revamped vestige of the old Frost Museum, the new planetarium is equipped with a nearly 360-degree view that is paired with surround sound. The dome, visible from the streets of downtown Miami, also houses 3-D projections and can seat as many as 250 people. The planetarium is so impressive there are only 12 others around the world similar in its level of technology.
The exhibits at the planetarium will not be limited to shows about galaxies and planets. The Frost will also host rock’n’roll laser shows with classics from Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, as well as newer favorites from Lady Gaga and other popular artists.
It takes 500,000 gallons of water to fill the massive aquarium at the Frost. And to get a view of all the species swimming in it, designers have included a 31-foot-wide oculus that allows visitors to peer up the ocean-like tank.
For a more in-depth description of this cutting edge tank, check out this excerpt from the Miami Herald:
Three levels of tanks start at the top Vista level with outdoor exhibits mimicking South Florida ecosystems, from the “Gulf Stream” to offshore coral and a beach, a mangrove edge and an upland hardwood hammock.
The conical shape of the innovative Gulf Stream tank isn’t some design quirk, said Andy Dehart, the Frost’s director of animal husbandry. The angled walls allow deep-water species like sharks and tuna to swim continuously as if they were in the unconfined open sea.
A second level, “The Dive,” features deeper views into the Gulf Stream, coral and mangrove tanks, as well as 20 freestanding tanks and interactive stations where visitors can observe and touch starfish, sea cucumbers and sea urchins. Ever wonder what it’s like to swim like a shark? Put on a visual reality “shark helmet” here to experience it.
The lowest level, “The Deep,” features the oculus and a remarkable, 80-foot-long animated wall designed for the Frost by Formula D Interactive, a South African firm. Watch as schools of fish swim by — and scurry away when you wave your hand at them. Then prepare to be startled as a very large visitor, a humpbacked whale, heaves into view.
Move and expansion
Coconut Grove was once home to the Frost Museum of Science, formally known as the Miami Science Museum. It was, of course, new at one point in its 55 years on South Miami Avenue, but then became “cramped and antiquated.” The old facility shut its doors in August of 2o15, closing a chapter on decades of family programming, including a popular laser show in the museum’s planetarium.
That laser show is making a comeback in the new swanky building in Miami’s Museum Park, even if the opening date was pushed back due to budget issues.
The Frost Museum of Science has a price tag of $305 million. More than 10 percent of its funds were donated by Dr. Phillip Frost, one of the richest people in South Florida, and his wife, Patricia.
Phillip Frost, who has several other buildings in his namesake, became a billionaire after managing several lucrative pharmaceutical companies. His pledge of $45 million did not save the museum from several financial hiccups during its construction.
Located in the Frost’s north wing, the LASERsHOW is an interactive exhibit that demonstrates the physics of light. Check out this description from the Miami Herald:
The North Wing’s laser extravaganza fills a vast, 9,000-square foot gallery with an immersive loop of constantly changing beams and patterns of colored light designed by artist Matthew Schreiber. At the center, a diamond-shaped structure shoots off lasers over visitor’s heads, bending and refracting the light into floating geometric shapes, and serves as a podium for presentations on the physics of light.
Every floor of the Frost Museum of Science was created with the intention of promoting visitors’ interaction with science. The rooftop of the museum is no different. Terraces at different wings of the building house solar panels, gardens and twin telescopes: one for watching the moon and another to safely view the sun.
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IF YOU GO
When: The Frost Museum of Science will open to the public at 11 a.m. Monday. Regular hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Opening weekend, May 12 and 13, the museum will be open until 10 p.m.
A members-only preview will take place from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Where: The Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., in Museum Park,
Cost: Ticket prices, which include one planetariums show, are as follows: $28 for adults; $25 for seniors and students with ID; $20 for children 3-11; children under 2 and museum members are free There is a 15 percent discount for Miami-Dade residents at the box office.
Parking: Paid parking is available under the museum complex but is limited
More: Memberships start at $65 for an individual and range up to $250 for young patrons