Phillip And Patricia Frost Museum Of Science Opens In Downtown Miami

Tens of thousands of Miamians trekked to the grand opening of the long-awaited Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in downtown Miami during it’s opening week in early May.

The three-building science compound, which took five years to complete and cost $305 million, boasts various attractions, such as a 500,000-gallon aquarium, where guests can watch hammerhead and tiger sharks, mahi mahi, devil rays and more.

It also hosts a variety of displays and interactive exhibits for guests to enjoy, like a room called MeLaβ, where guests participate in their own experiment to test and study their health.

The museum will also feature laser light shows on the first Friday of every month. Here, guests can unwind to the sounds of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and more, all while watching a multitude of colorful lasers choreographed to the music inside of the museum’s 67-foot dome planetarium.

Admission for visitors over the age of 12 costs $28. For children aged 3 to 11, tickets cost $20. Frost tickets include access to the exhibits, aquarium and one show at the planetarium. Miami-Dade residents can enjoy a 15 percent discount, reducing the price to $23.80 for adults and $17 for children.

—Riane Roldan

Visitors looking at the sharks.
Aquarium Oculus: Visitors take a glance into “The Dive” where different species of sharks swim through the aquarium that goes from the second to the fourth floor of the museum. The grand opening of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science was on May 8.
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Visitors learning about sharks' sensory.
Shark Senses: From left to right: Mike England and Lisa Brocks experience the sharks, sensory system at “The Dive” section of the museum.
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Children looking through microscopes.
Curious Minds: Enrique Muñoz takes a look into the microscope to see the microorganism found in the sea at “The Dive” section of the aquarium.
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Dinosaur on display.
Birds Of Prey: A 30 foot-long Yutyrannus Huali is part of the “Feathers to the Stars” exhibition that shows the evolution of the feathered dinosaurs to human crafted space shuttles.
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Image of a seahorse.
Sleeping Seahorse: A hippocampus seahorse hangs on a stone to sleep. Different aquatic species are showcased throughout the three sections of the Aquarium: La Vista, The Dive and The Deep.
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Photo of a small blowfish.
Swimming Swiftly: A blowfish swims at the top of “La Vista,” the top part of the aquarium section of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Visitors can take a closer look at different kinds of fish and are able to touch live stingrays.
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