Four Things We'll Miss About the Frost Museum of Science

When the Frost Museum of Science announced that they would finally be closing the doors of their Coconut Grove location, hearts across Miami broke. Sure, their new digs by the Perez Art Museum look like they're going to be nice, what with the shark tank, and the millions of dollars they've spent building the place. But nothing can quite replace the weirdly wonderful science museum that first opened its doors in 1960. How many of you learned about space in the planetarium? Or were freaked out by the stuffed Kodiak bear on school field trips? Or still wonder about that broke-down sloth that stood in front of the museum for decades?

The Frost will celebrate their final weekend in their location on August 30 before closing for a year and reopening in Museum Park. Sure a new home for the museum is overdue, but we'll miss the Coconut Grove location. Here are the four things we'll miss most about the old Frost museum. 

1. The Giant Sloth
Man that thing is weird, yet it's practically a Miami landmark at this point. Seriously though, they should bring the sloth to the new location. Sure he's not fancy, but he'd love chilling on Biscayne Bay.

2. The Globe 
The giant globe graced the entrance to the museum for all of our childhoods. It was a welcoming sight as you walked into the museum, desperately waiting to get in the to the planetarium.

3. The Planetarium 
Is there anything trippier than a laser show at the planetarium? Your parents might have taken you to hundreds of the shows as a child which, in retrospect, was pretty smart. Keeping your kids busy while they learn something? It was a perfect family evening. 

4. Star Gazers
Sure Star Gazers hasn't been on television in nearly five years, but the kitschy PBS science shorts taught us everything we know about Halley's Comet and Hale-Bopp, and the difference between planets and stars ("stars twinkle!"). Has there ever been sweeter poetry than the show's opening lines? "Confused about the cosmos, Can't tell a planet from a star? Then give us just five minutes, And we'll show you what they are." Simply put: no there hasn't. Keep looking up, Miami. 
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Miami New Times staff