The Miami Museum of science’s staff was so extremely kind and helpful. This Museum is a member of the Bank of America “Museum on us”; which means, with your bank card and an ID you get free admission on the first weekend of every month. Please visit www.miamisci.org for a list of future events.
There was ample parking and a little picnic area with big trees. Sitting in the picnic area is under the path where Miami International Airport aircraft make their approach, which is a trill for the kids.
This is not a large museum, but it has its own observatory, its own small aviary, a small terrarium and a small aquarium complete with its own touch tank. The museum showcases the local flora and fauna.
The main museum exhibits were kids friendly and hands on. There was a lot of hurricane awareness, including photographs detailing the before and aftermath of hurricane Andrew. There was a mini-wind tunnel, which the kids could not get enough of.
As you traverse towards the back of the exhibits, you will find the aviary. However, I was not impressed by the idea of lashing the birds to their perch. All three of the birds that were lashed to the perch were birds of prey; so they were not calm and were aggravated trying to get the other bird that was not within reach. In the middle of the open area where the birds were perched was a glorious American bald eagle.
The terrarium area was small, but is showcases the local reptiles and amphibians of the Florida Everglades.
Now, for the crème de la crème, I highly recommend a visit to the museum’s ABRAMS Planetarium. The show was very educational, as the guide was an up and coming astronomy student with good knowledge of the constellations. One down point is the fact that the public may be a little loud during the planetarium session and may distract you from the interesting show. However, you should know that the famous TV Series “Star Gazers” had its origins at this museum and the TV Series still air today on your local PBS station, where you may download a weekly episode via streaming video or Podcast at www.jackstargazer.com . If you are an amateur stargazer, I highly recommend you call the Planetarium Cosmic Hotline at 305-646-4420. There is a free star show first Friday of month at 19:00 Hrs. (7:00 PM) followed by free telescopic viewing 20:30 to 22:00 Hrs. (8:30 – 10:00 PM), weather permitting.
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