The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which officially opened at its new home in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on May 8, is truly a marvel of both architectural and engineering feats. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution since 1998, the museum features a three-level 500,000-gallon cone-shaped Gulf Stream Aquarium teeming with hammerhead sharks and dolphins, anchored by a 31-foot oculus lens that peers into the waters above. The Frost Planetarium, one of the most advanced facilities of its kind anywhere in the world, uses a 16-million-color, 3-D 8K visual system to send visitors hurtling through space and into the depths of the ocean. And with a fascinating roster of interactive exhibitions, it’s easy to spend an entire day exploring and being immersed in the power of science.
One of the new exhibitions, Feathers to the Stars, will carry you through the amazing story how ancient evolution gave birth to animal flight, and how humans used imagination and engineering to get airborne and explore the infinite possibilities of space. The exhibition also features a rocket engine, a rocket tail piece with jet deflector vanes, and a model of a V-2 missile (the world’s first guided missile) on loan from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
The museum has a robust history of collaboration with the Smithsonian. Most recently, the museum has participated in ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert Series and the Young Ambassadors Program organized by the Smithsonian Latino Center. The museum opened its doors with the H2O Today exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. And each year, Frost Museum of Science participates in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day LIVE!, opening its doors for free in the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Frost Museum of Science is just one of the amazing organizations in our network of 216 Affiliates in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Panama.