Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

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Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
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Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is located in Miami
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Location within Miami
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is located in Florida
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Location within Miami
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is located in the US
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Location within Miami
Established 1949 (1949) (as the Junior Museum of Miami)
Location Museum Park, Miami, Florida
Coordinates 25°47′05″N 80°11′19″W / 25.7846809°N 80.1886406°W / 25.7846809; -80.1886406
Type Science museum
Accreditation AAM, ASTC
Visitors Estimated 700,000 Per Year
President Frank Steslow
Public transit access Metromover access at Museum Park Station
Website Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (formerly known as the Miami Science Museum) is a major science museum located in Miami, Florida USA. Originally located in Coconut Grove, the museum relocated to Museum Park in the Downtown area adjacent to the Perez Art Museum Miami in 2017.


The museum first started as "The Junior Museum of Miami" and was a private non-profit organization established in 1949. It was located inside a house on the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and 26th Street. The museum grew so rapidly that in 1952 it relocated to the Miami Women's Club building on North Bayshore Drive. When it arrived at the new location it was renamed "Museum of Science and Natural History".

In 1953, the Guild of the Museum of Science was formed, adding volunteers to assist the staff, run the Museum Store, and conduct tours and outreach programs.

The museum began to outgrow its new home again and a special committee, headed by Claire Weintraub, recommended that Miami should establish a major independent science museum which could service citizens of all ages. By 1960, the first building of the community's new science museum opened its doors. The facility was located on 3 acres (12,000 m2) of the historic Vizcaya complex, and was built and furnished rent-free by the county.[citation needed]

In 1966, the Space Transit Planetarium was built and soon became the leading facility of its kind in the world.[citation needed] In 1989, the museum's lease agreement with the county for the Vizcaya site was extended for 99 years. The yearly operating budget has grown to 2.5 million dollars[when?], and the property totals 48,000 square feet (4,500 m2).

In 2001, the Miami-Dade Public Library System was one of six US museum/library systems to win the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.[citation needed] In March 2011, Miami native Phillip Frost donated $35 million to the construction of the new science museum in Downtown Miami, hence the name. Frost's donation to the museum is one of the largest donations to Miami's cultural institutions.[citation needed] The new museum broke ground in downtown Miami in early 2012, and held it's grand opening on May 8, 2017.

Current permanent exhibits[edit]


A masterpiece of living science, the three-level Aquarium carries you from the surface to the depths of South Florida's crucial aquatic ecosystems and beyond.

Feathers to the Stars[edit]

Follow the astounding story of flight—from feathered dinosaurs, to brilliant feats of human ingenuity to the adventure of future space travel.

From the Curious Vault[edit]

Highlights from the historic collection of Frost Science.

H2O Today[edit]

Discover how the beautiful and essential nature of water shapes our world, and the challenges we face in conserving our planet’s lifeblood.

LASERsHOW: Light, Color and Geometry[edit]

Experience lasers like never before while learning about the physics of light.


Every day we all make choices that affect our health and wellness. In real life, each choice counts, but in MeLaβ, you become the experiment, as you run simulations, solve puzzles and test your senses, reflexes and stress responses to find out what works best for you.


The 250-seat Frost Planetarium uses 16-million-color 8K projection, surround sound and a vast dome screen to take you on dazzling visual odysseys to outer space.

River of Grass[edit]

The wet, wild and mysterious River of Grass takes young explorers inside one of the most precious ecosystems on the planet, the Everglades.

Rooftop Terraces[edit]

Explore the energy of the elements on the Frost Science rooftop and wander through a showcase of native vegetation.


The planetarium was opened on November 4, 1966 and closed in August 2015 [1]. It was home to Jack Horkheimer's Star Gazer, the world’s first and only weekly television series on naked-eye astronomy.[2] Its projection dome room was 65' in diameter and had seating for more than 230.[citation needed] It used a Spitz STP (Space Transit Planetarium) star projector.

The new 250-seat Frost Planetarium opened on May 8, 2017 and will present a combination of narrative features and laser entertainment events. [3]

Closing of Coconut Grove and relocation[edit]

The Coconut Grove location of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science closed on August 30, 2015. While closed, the museum will continue to be active in and around South Florida via its “Out & About with Frost Science” outreach program, bringing educational science experiences to the community and hosting science-themed events.

The new Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (PPFMOS) opened on May 8, 2017 and is structured around a lushly-landscaped indoor and outdoor Living Core Aquarium of terrestrial and aquatic environments, featuring a Gulf Stream Aquarium experience totaling more than 500,000 US gallons (1,900,000 l; 420,000 imp gal) of salt water. The facility will also feature the full-dome Frost Planetarium, the Knight Learning Center, Innovation Center and Cafe, and an Exploration Center featuring permanent interactive exhibits.[citation needed]





External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Frost Science Home". Frost Science. Retrieved 2017-05-14.