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“Much better than I expected” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33129
+1 305-646-4200
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Owner description: The current location of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is closed and will re-open at its new location in downtown Miami's Museum Park in summer 2016. The museum will continue to activate in and around South Florida via its "Out & About with Frost Science" outreach program, bringing educational science experiences to the community. The new Frost Science will be structured around a lushly landscaped indoor and outdoor Living Core Aquarium of terrestrial and aquatic environments, featuring a Gulf Stream Aquarium experience totaling over 500,000 gallons of salt water. The facility will also feature the state-of-the-art, full-dome Frost Planetarium, the Knight Learning Center, Innovation Center and Cafe, and an Exploration Center featuring permanent interactive exhibits. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is funded with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
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“Much better than I expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Based on the reviews, I did not have high hopes for this sight, but while it was somewhat small and a little expensive, it was great for several reasons. First, the hands-on exhibits were working (with one exception - they didn't have what we needed to a model house). Second, it was in part Miami and South Florida-specific, so there was much to see and experience about hurricanes, about the Everglades biosphere, and the conservation of tropical waters and aquatic life - so it will enhance your kid's (or your own) experience of the rest of your vacation. Third, this museum educated in a fun way. The last science museum we visited (Syracuse, New York) basically said, "here's a Pleistocene-era giant bird" and "aren't these falling billiard balls neat?" while Miami's showed what needed to be done to cancel out an individuals' carbon footprint, why we need to care about the Everglades and the dangers of invasive species, and taught visitors a great deal about energy production (they have the world's only dance floor where the dance energy powers the lights - very nifty).

Note - bring a baseball hat and cover your mouth with it when you're inside the hurricane simulator if you're afraid you won't be able to breathe in 79 mph winds. The two dollars extra to operate the simulator may seem unreasonable (it probably isn't when thinking about how much energy it would consume if it were free), but considering 79 mph is only Category One, you'll gain real understanding for how incredibly powerful bigger hurricanes must be.

This could be a fun two hours, but plan for three if you'd like to also see a planetarium show and the outdoor rescue animals, both of which are included with your ticket.

Visited December 2012
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“Good museum but smaller than seems on website”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This is a pretty good science museum. They run some of the movies and planetarium shows at the same time so you can't always watch everything you want. However, the hands-on exhibits are pretty great and it's a great way to spend a few hours. Also, if you have an ASTC membership, admission and all shows are free.

Visited November 2012
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Miami, Florida
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“Small Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

IIt was our first time in a museum in Miami. My children and I have fun. It was a little disappointing that such a big city has such small Science museum and planetarium.

Visited October 2012
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Zagreb, Croatia
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“Hm.. Expected more!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

It's not great, but it's not bad. It definitely outdated (I heard they are building another one, actually) but it has a lot of interesting things to see!

Visited January 2012
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Sunrise, Florida
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“great family place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

we went on Friday night's to enjoy the concert's with the lazer show's . for instance the last one we went to was the pink Floyd concert they had in the planetarium with laser's the concert series was wish you were here and animals

Visited December 2011
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