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“always fun” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Miami Science Museum

Miami Science Museum
3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33129
305-646-4200
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Ranked #34 of 117 attractions in Miami
Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums
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Owner description: Miami Science Museum aims to make a difference in people’s lives by inspiring them to appreciate the impact that science and technology can have on every facet of our world. For over 60 years, the Museum's award-winning educational programs, family-focused exhibits, historic planetarium, and rehabilitative Wildlife Center and Clinic have enriched locals and tourists alike. In 2015, the legacy continues, when we move to a new world-class, state-of-the-art facility and become the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in the heart of downtown Miami. The Museum will remain operational at its current location on South Miami Avenue until completion of the new building. Miami Science Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.Miami Science Museum is located at 3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129. The Museum is open every day from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Admission is free for MiaSci members and children under 3; students (with valid ID), seniors (62+) and children 3 – 12, $10.95; adults are $14.95. Parking is free.Miami Science Museum is funded with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
Miami, Florida
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“always fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Any time you go there you will have fun. interesting exhibits. children learn a lot not even knowing they are learning. could spend a good part of your day there with the kidsand not get bored

Visited April 2012
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“Museum is smaller than it looks, but that's kind of nice!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Visited the museum with my teenage son, not sure if there would be enough here to hold his interest, or whether it would be geared to a younger audience. We were both impressed with the exhibits! If your children enjoy hands-on learning, this is a great place to encourage that. In the hurricane Andrew exhibit hall, your kids can build a house and then see how it stands up to hurricane force winds to discover the best ways to keep a house/roof together during a big storm. There is a dance floor that lights up that allows you to learn about energy as you dance. There is an amazing wildlife area outside that I was surprised to see and thoroughly enjoyed. There were alligators, crocodiles, a bald eagle (sooo gorgeous!), golden eagle, birds of prey, turtles/tortoises, and even vultures! They have lego stations too if your children enjoy building. It's just a gem of a museum, and if you get a chance and are in the area, it's a nice way to spend some time with your kids. :)

Visited January 2013
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“Fabulous for kids of all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Hands on, interactive exhibits for children and adults. Educational shows about electricity, the solar system and a wonderful planetarium show. Most educational.

Visited January 2013
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“average museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Maybe I'm a bit spoiled; i grew up in Chicago and their Museum of Science and Industry was always fabulous, especially to a young child. This museum in Miami is okay, but not grand. Except for the nightime star exhibit - I forget the name of the room it's shown in.

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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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