The newest addition to the Downtown Miami Museum Park, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is an extraordinary tribute to science. This exquisite modern center is located amongst some of the most highly rated museum attractions in Miami, such as the Perez Art Museum, and complements the area’s reputation as a hub of education and discovery. Here is everything you need to know to plan your visit:
What is the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science?
The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science officially opened to the public on May 8, 2017, but the vision for this epicenter began years prior.
A Brief History
Originally established in 1949, the museum was first known as the Junior Museum of Miami, located inside a house on the corner of 26th St and Biscayne Blvd in downtown Miami. The museum was renamed Museum of Science and Natural History when it moved to a larger space in 1952.
In 1960, the museum moved once again to a new 48,000 sq ft facility in Coconut Grove, which is where the museum remained until it closed in 2015 in preparations for its transfer to Museum Park.
In 2011, Phillip Frost, who was born and raised in Miami, and his wife, Patricia, donated $35 million to the planning and development of a new science museum that now bears their names. The new 250,000-square foot museum is located at 1101 Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami and is a can’t miss attraction if you’re in the area.
Exhibits & Attractions
From humble beginnings in a downtown Miami house, the new museum has evolved to combine a planetarium, aquarium, and several notable exhibitions, all of which are included in your ticket purchase.
This 250-seat, state-of-the-art facility is located on Level 1 and is complete with surround sound, 8K projection, and a massive screen to put you in the moment of every activity.
Each ticket purchases grants visitors access to one planetary show during their visit. Guests can experience the dangers and drama of asteroids, or travel the world over to learn about climates.
The Frost Planetarium is also home to a variety of programs, such as the weekly television show ‘Stargazers’, as well as laser shows that are open to the public. These shows are held the first Friday of every month, and combine music from some of history’s most talented musicians with a stunning array of laser light choreography that are reminiscent of laser shows from decades past. Admission to the laser show is $10 for adults and $8 for children, and is separate from museum admission.
With three levels of aquatic fun, visitors can explore what’s beneath the water’s surface without ever getting wet. From the top deck on Level 4, you’ll catch a top-down glimpse of South Florida’s marine ecosystem in the 500,000-gallon aquarium, complete with devil rays, mahi-mahi, and hammerhead sharks. The middle tier on Level 3 offers an up-close look at nearly 30 interactive exhibits and aquariums. The bottom of the dive ends on Level 2 with another look at the area’s marine life, only this time you’ll be looking up through the 31-foot oculus lens rather than through the surface of the water from the top level.
Fun for all ages, the museum offers plenty of engaging, thought-provoking, informative exhibitions to entertain and educate, including
- Feathers to the Stars –A journey through the history of flight, from feathered dinosaurs to space travel and beyond. Located on Level 3.
- Seeing: What are you looking at? – A sensory experience comparing how humans and robots see and interpret. Located on Level 3.
- MeLab – A look at how mind and body work together as one. Located on Level 1.
- River of Grass –An in-depth look at one of the world’s most famous ecosystems, the Everglades. Located on Level 4.
- H2O Today –Discover how water has shaped our world and challenges we face in its conversation. Located on Level 1.
- Rooftop Terraces –Wander through some of Florida’s native vegetation on the Frost Science rooftop. Located on Level 6.
- From the Curious Vault –Set your sights on the past with these treasured relics of decades long ago. Located on Level 2.
In addition to their regular exhibits, the museum hosts a variety of special events year-round, including special classes and series, film festivals, and lectures. Take a look at some of the upcoming events at Frost Science:
- Wed Aug. 2 – Meditate and Chill, an exploration of meditation from a scientific perspective (6:30 pm – 9:00 pm)
- Wed Aug. 9 – SEEING, part of an after-hours series exploring the world of technology and science (6:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
- Wed Aug 16 – Blue Mind Life: The Seven Ages of Water, Dr. Wallace J Nichols speaks about the neuropsychological relationship between people and water (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Miami’s Newest Museum
The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is open daily 9:00 am-6:00 pm, including holidays.
Directions to the Museum via Public Transport
Miami offers a variety of public transportation to help you get to Frost Science quickly and conveniently.
The Museum Park Metromover station is located directly adjacent to Frost Science. Hop on the Omni Loop train, which will take you within a few steps to the museum’s front doors. Riding the Metromover is free to the public.
There are several bus routes that include Museum Park on the route. Check with Miami-Dade Transit to review bus schedules and routes. The cost per trip is $2.25.
By Miami Trolley
The Biscayne Bay trolley route will take you slightly north of NE 10th street, which is just a few minutes’ walk to Frost Museum. Riding the Miami Trolley is free.
If you prefer to drive yourself, the museum offers an on-site parking garage. Prices begin at $8 for the first hour, and $4 for each additional hour.
The parking garage offers a limited number of handicap accessible spaces, electric vehicle charging stations, fuel efficient vehicles, carpool parking (correct identification must be displayed), and baby stroller parking (baby stroller permit must be visible).
In addition, there is parking throughout Museum Park, as well as over a dozen non-museum-affiliated public parking lots nearby.
Ticket & Pricing Information
You can purchase your tickets at the museum, or buy them in advance online. One-day tickets for non-Miami-Dade residents ages 12 and over are $28, while tickets for children ages 3-11 are $20. Members and children 2 and under will be admitted at no cost.
If you are a Miami-Dade residence, you can enjoy a 15% discount on your ticket price.
In addition, you can purchase a museum membership good for one year from purchase date. Memberships can be purchased for individuals or the whole family, and will grant you year-round access to the museum and special events.
Frost Museum is dedicated to making every guest’s experience comfortable and enriching. Throughout the museum, you’ll find multi-sensory content delivery that appeals to a variety of learning styles and needs.
The parking garage offers several handicap-accessible parking spaces for guest convenience. In addition, Frost Museum offers curbside drop off near the museum’s main entrance. An elevator and ramps are located within the parking garage, in addition to ramps and elevators within the museum’s main building.
Bathrooms on Levels 1-5 offer wheelchair accessible stalls and are located near the elevator for added convenience. Frost Museum offers a limited number of manual wheelchairs for guests at no charge, which can be requested at the Member’Guest Relations Office on the main level.
The following conveniences and amenities are also available:
- Wheelchair-accessible seating for dining and planetary shows
- Receivers and headsets for active listening
- Service dogs are allows with proper identification
- Powered mobility devices are allowed, such as motorized wheelchairs, scooters and segways
Frost Museum is a self-guided experience that allows you to spend as much or as little time at an exhibition you’d like (excluding planetary shows). However, you can reserve a tour operator or schedule a group tour in advance, such as school field trips or large family outings.
The Frost Museum App
To get the most from your experience at Frost Museum, download the free Frost Science mobile app for iOS or Android before your visit. The app offers interactive scavenger hunts, the ability to unlock exclusive content, and access to audio descriptions of exhibits for an engaging experience.
Active U.S. military, first responders, veterans, and Miami-Dade educators receive free admission to the museum and $2 off a planetary show. Seniors ages 65 and older, students, and educators outside of Miami-Dade can receive a $3 discount from their ticket price if they purchase tickets at the museum.
Even if you’re not a Miami local, it pays to be a member of Frost Science. As a member, you’ll receive the following discounts:
- 10% off purchases at the museum cafe and gift shop
- One free planetary show during each visit
- Discounted parking
- Free museum admission
- Discounted admission for special events
- Free or discounted admission to over 360 science center partners throughout the country
Single memberships are $85 and are valid for yourself and one guest. Family memberships start at $165 and are valid for two cardholders and up to four children under 18 years old. Or, you can purchase the Family PLUS membership for $215 that allows you to add two additional guests to your family membership.
Other Top Miami Museums to See
Frost Science is one of many visit-worthy museums in Miami. After you finish exploring the science center, switch subjects and head to one of these equally intriguing art museums:
Perez Art Museum
Just a stone’s throw away from Frost Science lies the prestigious Perez Art Museum, one of Miami’s top-rated museums and located within the acclaimed Museum Park. This gallery of contemporary and modern art also features hands-on, interactive exhibits and family-oriented programs, including musical and theatrical performances.
Admission to the Perez Art Museum is $16 for adults and $12 for college students, seniors, and children ages 7-18 (Insider Tip: the second Saturday of every month is Free Admission Day!). The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. On Thursdays, the museum is open from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm.
Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
The Frosts weren’t just lovers of science. A short 20-minute drive from Frost Science lies the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, one of the largest art museums in South Florida. As part of the Florida International University, the museum serves as a resource to the FIU community and to nearby residences and visitors alike.
Just like Frost Science, the Frost Art Museum caters to persons of all ranges and capacities, offering wheelchair-friendly facilities and large-print directories to make every guest’s experience enjoyable. The museum is open for visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, and on Sundays from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Admission is free for locals and travelers alike.
The De la Cruz Collection
A short drive from Frost Science, the De la Cruz Collection is more than just a home for art. This privately-funded museum provides artist-led workshops, lectures, tours, student travel initiatives, and scholarships to help bring awareness and beauty to Miami’s art community.
Admission to the museum is free, and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center
For a true experience in Miami art culture, Cubaocho Museum in Miami’s famed Little Havana gives you a direct viewing window into Cuban life. From floor to ceiling, the entire facility is a work of art.
The Ramos collection here began as an effort for one Cuban to recover pieces of Cuban history its Communist government had once tried to eliminate, from books and newspapers to magazines and artwork. After having traveled to various museums throughout the U.S., the Ramos collection is now available for visitors to Cobaocho to enjoy.
Miami’s quality selection and abundance of museums is a captivating scene of science and art. The next time your travels bring you to Miami, make a stop at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, then finish your visit with a trip to one of the many art museums to see the best of what Miami’s art culture has to offer.