In an open letter to the Miami community, President and CEO of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science Gillian Thomas, announced that the museum would officially close its Coconut Grove location at 10 p.m. on Sunday, August 30. The close comes in preparation to the museum's move to its new space in Museum Park, where it will share a shoreline view with the Perez Art Museum Miami. The new location — replete with a martini-shaped shark tank — will be ready to receive visitors sometime in the summer of 2016.
The closing of the Frost's long time home is bittersweet news to many Miamians who can remember school trips to the Frost's planetarium and marveling at the Pan Am globe in the museum's lobby. But the Frost plans to celebrate the closing with a series of events befitting its history. On August 7 and 8, the museum will host a "Laser Fest Weekend" in its planetarium — your last chance to catch one of the trippy musical laser shows that were undoubtedly a hallmark of growing up in Miami. On the museum's final weekend — August 29 and 30 — there will be a series of events, including film screenings and star gazing.
Even though the Frost is closing its physical doors, Thomas promises that the museum will continue hosting events and promoting science education. Its wildlife refuge, the Batchelor Wildlife Center, will continue to operate, rehabbing injured birds.
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In her letter, Thomas acknowledged the impact that the Frost has had on generations of Miamians. "This museum belongs to South Florida," Thomas wrote. "It's a place where people have discovered a love for science and technology; a place where memories have been created; a place where children have grown up and then taken their kids and their grandkids."
Indeed are few things more "Miami" than the Frost's sloth or an evening spent star gazing from the Observatory, but on to bigger and better things.
The museum encourages everyone to share your fondest memories of the Frost on social media by using the hashtag #FrostScienceMemories. For more information (and a countdown clock) visit miamisci.org.