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Review of Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science - CLOSED

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
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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.
Miami, Florida
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“always fun”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Museum is smaller than it looks, but that's kind of nice!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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New York City, New York
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222 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Fabulous for kids of all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“average museum”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Much better than I expected”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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