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Ten Things to Know About the New Frost Science Museum

The new talk of the town, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.
The new talk of the town, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

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click to enlarge PHOTO BY BARRY FELLMAN, CENTER FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION
Photo by Barry Fellman, Center for Visual Communication
6. A supersonic jet will land at the new museum.
On loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force, a Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter, a supersonic light fighter capable of speeds faster than 1,000 mph, will be on display when the Frost opens. The jet will be part of the "Feathers to the Stars" exhibit along with the museum's life-size yutyrannus.
COURTESY OF MIAMI-DADE COMMISSIONER XAVIER SUAREZ / J.C. GARRIDO
Courtesy of Miami-Dade Commissioner Xavier Suarez / J.C. Garrido
7. The museum's former location will become an urban garden.
Miami-Dade officials say the science museum's former building in Coconut Grove is poised to be demolished next year. It is part of the county's plan to reunite both sides of the Vizcaya property — the Villa and the Village — an elusive set of historical buildings that abutted the science museum's campus. Proposed plans from 2015 show a blueprint in which the science museum building and planetarium are replaced with an urban garden and greenhouse.
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Courtesy of Frost Science
8. Solar "trees" will help power the museum.

Florida Power & Light has installed two unique solar "trees" at the Frost Science Museum. In the Knight Plaza, the unique structures use sunshine to generate zero-emissions energy. In addition, the Solar Terrace of the museum will house 240 photovoltaic solar panels, which silently generate 66 kilowatts of energy. That's enough to power 66 South Florida classrooms.
9. The sloth is here to stay.
According to reports, the science museum's iconic giant sloth statue, which has stood beside U.S. 1 for decades, will move to Omni Park, the recently opened public space in downtown. At its new home, the big guy will stand about two blocks west of Frost Science's new location.
COURTESY OF FROST SCIENCE
Courtesy of Frost Science
10. The iconic laser light show will return June 2.
For decades, the laser light show at the science museum’s Coconut Grove location was a beloved attraction among locals. The show went on hiatus in 2015 when the museum began its move to downtown. But the new location is bringing back the lasers. You can now order tickets to the first show in the state-of-the-art planetarium at frostscience.org.

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-434-9600; frostscience.org. Admission costs $20 to $28 via frostscience.org.
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Jonathan Kendall is a former editor at Big Think. He studied journalism at Harvard and is a contributing writer for Miami New Times as well as for Vogue, Cultured, Los Angeles Review of Books, Smithsonian, and Atlas Obscura.
Contact: Jonathan Kendall