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Frost Science Museum Inspiring Miami’s Future Scientists

by | Jun 07, 2017
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With its modern design, cutting-edge exhibits and world-renowned planetarium, Downtown Miami’s new Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a sight for the eyes and stimulus for the brain. The museum is significant for Miami not just because science is a part of our daily lives but because science develops our ability to ask questions, collect information, problem-solve and apply what we learn.


From its 250-seat planetarium to its touch tanks to its South Florida ecosystem exhibits to its laser show, Frost Science is set to inspire Miami’s youth for generations. Frost’s opening sends a beaming headline to the world that Miami is no longer just about fun and sun. Miami is a global city with cultural institutions and an economy built around technology, innovation and science.

The Oculus
The 31-foot oculus lens sets Frost Science apart from other science museums. The lens gives visitors the impression of seeing fish from the bottom of a huge cocktail glass.

The lens, which was built in Italy, is the viewing portal for the cone-shaped Gulf Stream Aquarium. The 60,000-pound lens measures 31 feet across and 13.5 inches thick.

Museum officials wanted the unique oculus lens because it would give visitors the best view of Gulf Stream animals. The real Gulf Stream current, which flows just off the coast of Miami, carries more water than all of the Earth’s rivers combined and is home to speedy animals.
If the museum used a vertical wall, some of the museum’s sharks would spook and hit the wall at full speed. The oculus lens allows them to swim continuously.

The Planetarium
Frost planetarium’s cutting-edge digital technology will also leave you speechless. The planetarium is fueled by a 16-million-color, 3-D 8K visual system — one of only 13 like it in the world.

The planetarium’s screen is tilted forward at 23.5 degrees so that images move across a viewer’s entire field of vision, according to the museum. Miami’s old science museum in Coconut Grove had a planetarium but it was nothing like this.

Frost Science offers exhibits that help children and adults have fun with science.

Next to the oculus lens, there’s a projection wall that tracks visitors’ movements so that a visitor’s hand, swept across a wall-size screen, will scatter schools of fish projected onto it. The museum uses three-dimensional “capture cameras” to accomplish the feat.

The interactive River of Grass exhibit, which features virtual wildlife that’s seen in the Florida Everglades, is another must-see part of the museum.

Kids laughed and giggled as they played in the River of Grass water table, presumably not knowing they were doing science. The table allows children to manipulate the water flow to see how smart water management can avert ecologically catastrophic flooding.

Kids can make a tap on the water table to create a plume of smoke. They could also throw pink balls down a whirlpool.

Knight Learning Center
Frost doesn’t just wow you with interactive exhibits; it goes further. The Knight Learning Center, which is located in the museum’s north wing, is home to Inventors-in-Residence, a residency program for scientists to develop innovative solutions in the health and environmental sectors.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which has been a generous advocate of Frost Science, funded the center.

The museum is involved in other ways to impact the community. There are school field trips, Frost Science camps, the Frost Science Barge, the Batchelor Environmental Center and more. The museum also sits next door to Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), forming a formidable duo of cultural institutions. Both can be reached via the Miami Metrorail with a transfer to the Metromover (exit at Museum Park).

Downtown Miami’s Population Boom Attracting Major Commercial Projects

An unprecedented population boom in Miami’s urban core is fueling significant retail and commercial growth. Downtown Miami — which includes the area from Brickell through the Midtown Miami and Wynwood neighborhoods— now boasts 6.5 million square feet of retail, with nearly 1.43 million square feet under construction.

Brickell City Centre, a $1.05 billion mixed-use project, and Met Square, a 43-story tower, are under construction. The Miami Worldcenter, a 27-acre project with residential, hotel, retail and other uses planned, recently reconfigured its design from an enclosed mall to open-air “high street” retail. Developer Moishe Mana is proposing major projects in Wynwood.

The Panorama Tower, the Miami Central/All Aboard Florida station, the new Frost Science Museum and the proposed 1,000-foot SkyRise observation tower are just some of the other downtown projects in the works. The Panorama Tower will feature 821 luxury apartment for rent. All Aboard Florida is a planned Downtown Miami-to-Orlando rail system.

The flurry of projects highlights the growth of a downtown area that once had a small group of year-round businesses and restaurants. Today, downtown is a vibrant area with full-time residents, new companies, state-of-the-art office buildings, world-class cultural institutions and entertainment.

What: The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Where: 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open every day of the year)
Cost: $17 to $28 for individual tickets; Membership plans run from $65-$250
Contact: or 305-434-9600

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