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“More exciting things going in your own backyard. Take a pillow for the planetarium because the seats are mighty uncomfortable lo” 2 of 5 stars
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.
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“More exciting things going in your own backyard. Take a pillow for the planetarium because the seats are mighty uncomfortable lo”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

I remember going to this place when I was about 10 years old and let me tell you nothing has changed. My family and I didn't have to pay because we went on a day that BOA debit card owners go in free, so at least that wasn't a waste of money, rather a waste of time. The only thing we enjoyed was experience of petting star fish in a small out door area. Nothing has changed with the this place same old planetarium, and boring science shows.

Visited April 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“A must for kids of all ages!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
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Captiva Island, Florida
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“This is the Future”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

The Miami Science Museum is a cute small museum with many interactive pieces. There isn't that boring walking around reading of placards that seems to commonly be the main idea of most other museums. It is very interactive for children, adults, and you can still read a little along the way. There is a marine exhibit with corals and fish as well as a wildlife area in the back. Definitely worth going to. Also, in 2015 the new museum is going to be outstanding. I can't wait for that. But you should visit this historic gem of Miami before they move!!

Visited April 2013
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“Glad we didn't pay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Ok, the facility isn't new. But more important it isn't exciting either. The films of Hurricane Andrew's devastation are good, but we really don't learn too much about hurricanes in general. Same with the nano particle exhibit. I left really confused. The exhibit with the fish tanks and growing corals are the best part. Hopefully the new museum will be better planned and executed.

Visited April 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Won't go back”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Even if it's free.

Outdated, broken down, rude employees. We went on a free day & it still wasn't worth it. Go to Ft. Lauderdale Museum of of Discovery & Science, or to a regular playground instead.

Visited March 2013
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