Why We’re Excited for the Frost Science Museum
A lot of great things are happening in the city, even in our very own back yard. The convenient thing about the Arts + Entertainment District is that virtually every sense can be satisfied within a small-block radius. Need your art fix? Take the metromover to the PAMM for an afternoon of gallery sightings. Want to catch a show? Stroll across NE 2nd Ave. to the Arsht center and watch some of the world’s greatest performers. But the entire city is waiting for the great unveil of its newest addition: the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. So here’s why we just can’t wait for the grand opening on May 8th:
Its roof is alive!
Not only does its rooftop boast some of the most beautiful 360-degree views of the city, but it will be the best platform for sun and star gazing as well with ample space for celestial searching. But that’s not all, it will be equipped to generate its own solar power (95,370 kilowatt hours per year, to be exact) and serve as a bountiful garden providing food straight to its own cafe with produce, fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Guests can stroll the roof, take some classes, and find out about growing mindful gardens all year long.
Innovation at its Finest
The museum will have an exhibition, ‘Feathers to the Stars’, dedicated to the past, present, and future. In the The Knight Learning Center will house Inventors-in-Residence, a residency program for scientists to develop innovative solutions in the health and environmental sectors. Museum visitors will watch the inventors at work developing their concepts in an open, public-facing technology laboratory.
At the center of it all, and probably the sweetest part of the design, is the museum’s Aquarium, dedicated to native living species. It has been described as a “vessel-shaped structure integrating wildlife, habitats, and aquaria,” the Aquarium works its way through each floor so guests can visually experience each separate stage, ultimately connecting five ecosystems that showcase “the indigenous flora and fauna of South Florida.” The River of Grass is a sensory-filled journey celebrating the Everglades, carrying young guests through two related spaces: an outdoor hands-on area, and a hi-tech, indoor virtual Everglades where charming animal characters frolic and interact, expressing a fun storyline of biodiversity. Of course, this all leads up to the 500,000-gallon, three-story, Gulf Stream Aquarium that will house hammerhead sharks.
The Light Shows are Back!
We all have come to love the Friday laser shows in the original planetarium, but the new one is quite the upgrade. It will feature an 8K full-dome projection that can render 16 million colors with revolutionary technology that is used in only one other planetarium in the world (Colorado, of course). The planetarium will not only be equipped for 3-D shows, but its projections will accurately show the sky from any point and any time on the planet. Titled 23.5 degrees to match Earth’s axial tilt, the 250-seating planetarium will immerse viewers into other galaxies.
Find out more about the museum and keep tabs on its opening here.