At it’s 6 month mark, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in downtown Miami has exceeded 5 million visitors. Talking to Miami Today, Rebecca Dorfman, Public Relations Manager at the science museum, said:
“We’ve had an extremely strong response and warm welcome from the community. Our visitor numbers from opening through Oct. 31 were 529,800.”
High attendance numbers have prompted the museum to add an additional planetarium show, two new exhibitions, and a second monthly “Laser Fridays” line-up.
The traveling exhibits – “Brain: The Inside Story” and “Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giant” – will be open through Spring of 2018.
“Laser Fridays” – a Miami favorite for as long as I can remember – is now the the first and third Friday of every month, and new shows include sets of songs by Beyonce and Queen.
In regards to the museum branching out into the community, she said, “Frost Science was just selected by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Wells Fargo as one of eight non-profit organizations nationwide to receive a grant aimed at increasing community capacity to plan and implement coastal resilience projects and improve the ability of urban coastal communities to adapt to sea level rise.”
As a result, she said, “in partnership with the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County Resilience offices and other local non-profits, we were awarded $289,000 to restore 17 acres of living shorelines, create a unique exhibition about sea level rise adaptation in South Florida and work with youth in three urban communities facing threats from sea level rise to tell their stories about sea level rise adaptation in their communities and identify solutions.”
Looking forward, she said, the museum plans to continue focusing its efforts on sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation, and fueling innovation for the future through its interactive exhibitions, unique shows and projects.