Frank Steslow, President of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, told the Miami Herald in an interview Wednesday that construction on the downtown Miami museum is almost completed, and they are on track for a spring opening.
The science museum will feature a three-level martini glass shaped tropical aquarium to spotlight “South Florida’s crucial aquatic ecosystems” and a “cutting-edge 250-seat” planetarium, along with galleries and exhibits including the River of Grass educational exhibit about the Florida Everglades. And for those of us who grew up in Miami and remember attending the old planetarium laser light shows, there are even plans for laser light events and the LASERsHOW exhibit were visitors can “learn about the physics of light while surrounded by the beauty of an immersive laser show.”
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…interior spaces and exhibition galleries “are pretty much done” and exhibits are being installed. The museum aquarium’s tanks are filled with water and functioning well, accompanying plantings are underway and the aquatic wildlife that will fill them are in a nearby facility waiting out a quarantine period before moving into their new home in the next four to six weeks.
The $305 million museum should be ready for its temporary certificate of occupancy this month or February according to Michael Spring, Miami-Dade’s director of cultural affairs. Although museum officials have not announced specific dates yet, they expect to have a soft opening in March, with tours for local schools and neighborhood residents. The official grand opening would happen a couple of weeks later.