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By Shayne Benowitz

Spark Wonder at The Frost Museum of Science

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami’s Maurice A. Ferré Park includes a world-class planetarium and aquarium, and is situated on four acres of beautiful bay-front land.

The Frost Science Museum stands out as one of only a few institutions worldwide to have both an aquarium and a planetarium in one museum. It is also the first Miami aquarium dedicated to science and education.

The North Wing and West Wings provide six floors of interactive exhibitions dedicated to the ecosystem of the Everglades, the evolution of flight, human biology and more, with rooftops boasting both a lunar terrace with a telescope for stargazing and a solar terrace with an urban farm.

The museum is located next to Peréz Art Museum Miami (PAMM), completing the vision of Maurice A. Ferré Park as a hub dedicated to science, art and culture in the heart of Downtown Miami. The PAMM made the move from a former location in Downtown Miami to its 200,000-square-foot landmark building designed by award-winning architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.

Frost Science, conceived by Grimshaw Architects, cuts an equally impressive silhouette on Miami’s skyline with a free-standing, spherical planetarium, the 500,000-gallon, cone-shaped aquarium and an indoor-outdoor campus offering ample views of both Biscayne Bay and the sparkling city surrounding it.

Vista Level
Get great views of Miami from the Vista Level

The Aquarium

The centerpiece of Frost Science is its stunning, three-level aquarium containing multiple habitats, ecosystems and subaquatic depths. Visitors begin at the open-air rooftop Royal Caribbean Vista level, which is designed to represent the surface of South Florida’s ecosystem. Here, you’ll find the open waters of the Gulf Stream Aquarium where pelagic fish, like hammerhead sharks, devil rays and mahi-mahi, glide through the current. Additional exhibits are dedicated to the biodiversity of South Florida’s ecosystem, including the coral reef, mangroves, sandy beaches, the Everglades and an aviary. There’s also a touch tank where visitors have the opportunity to pet a stingray.

Descend to the second Dive level where you’ll view nearly 30 aquariums and interactive vessels with everything from colorful damselfish to parrotfish and snapper swimming amidst coral heads, as well as the prop and drop roots of mangrove forests, in order to deepen your knowledge of  Miami's subtropical marine life.

The bottom Deep level represents the vast depths of the Gulf Stream, the swift moving, cold water current that traverses the globe just south of Miami’s shoreline. Using real-time satellite imagery, visitors will learn how the Gulf Stream’s powerful current impacts climates and ecosystems around the world. This is where you’ll view the Gulf Stream Aquarium through a 31-foot oculus lens and watch the mysterious fish of the ocean’s depths swimming above you.

The Planetarium

The Frost Planetarium is one of the most cutting-edge on the planet. The 250-seat auditorium is powered by an 8K visual system (that’s twice that of other planetariums) using six 3D-capable projectors with 16 million colors and surround sound. Tilted forward at a 23.5-degree angle, viewers will enjoy a near-360 degree virtual experience inside the planetarium’s 67-foot span. Whether you’re tumbling through space, exploring the ocean’s depths, stargazing or dissecting a human cell, the Frost Planetarium provides an immersive and exciting educational experience.

View from the Rooftop
Visitors can enjoy the grounds of Maurice A. Ferré Park

Featured Exhibits

The majority of Frost Science’s permanent and temporary exhibits are divided between the North and West Wing. Here, you’ll find ample space for research, education and special events. The ground level of the West Wing is home to the museum’s onsite café, which is open to the public.

In the Batchelor Foundation Gallery, Feathers to the Stars charts the history of flight from winged and feathered dinosaurs to migratory birds and human ingenuity in aviation and space travel. The exhibit includes a 30-foot dinosaur known as Yutyrannus Hauli, a military fighter jet and a virtual Apollo space mission launch.

The Florida Everglades are one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet and Frost Science’s River of Grass exhibit is designed specifically for young learners to enjoy a 20-minute virtual sensory journey of the 300-mile long wetland.

Another exhibition, Me Lab, is located in the West Wing and is dedicated to health, fitness and how your body and mind function.

In the West Wing’s Design Lab: Engineering exhibition, you are encouraged to put on your thinking cap and explore the science behind engineering. Part exhibition, part laboratory, Design Lab shows you the challenges engineers face while you put your critical thinking skills to the test in a laboratory setting.

The Florida Power & Light Company Solar Terrace on the sixth floor’s rooftop terrace, you’ll find The Sun Spot, where you’ll experience the power of the sun as a renewable resource of energy through several interactive solar-powered activities.

From out of this world to under the sea, Frost Science is a game changing Miami aquarium and museum that’s a must visit for everyone.

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