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A peek inside the new Frost Museum of Science

We put on our hard hats and got a first-hand look inside the construction of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which opens in 2016. Right now, there’s a lot of concrete and rebar, but we could finally see how the museum is coming together, and it’s impressive. Take a peek inside with us, and learn a little more about some of the museum’s innovative features.

Under the Sea

The museum’s aquarium is a mammoth feat of architecture. The Gulf Stream Tank required 24 hours of continuous concrete pouring to maintain the structural integrity it needs to hold 4 million pounds of water, and fish including tuna and sharks. You can stroll around the entire tank and get a bird’s-eye view of the swimmers, or duck through a tunnel inside the museum and look them right in the eye. The interior highlight of the Gulf Stream Tank is a 27-foot piece of 13-inch thick class imported from Italy. The designers call it ‘the oculus,’ for its lenticular shape. It represents a focused view of the Gulf Stream through the water column, and light filtered through the tank will illuminate the room below.

Raising the roof

The roof of the museum puts science to work generating both power and food for visitors.A garden on the rooftop will produce fruits, vegetables, and herbs that will be harvested and used in the museum cafeteria. A 66 kilowatt array (approximately 4,500 square feet) of solar panels installed on the roof will generate 95,370 kilowatt-hours of energy per year. That’s roughly enough electricity to power the average Florida home for seven years and 4 months, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The museum hopes to add an additional 70 kilowatts of panels on the roof of the Living Core and as shade structure throughout the building.

An aerial rendering of the Frost Science center with living garden and solar panels to the left.
An aerial rendering of the Frost Science center with living garden and solar panels to the left.

Look at the stars

The new planetarium features 8K full-dome projection, capable of rendering 16 million colors with resolution twice that of modern ultra HD televisions. Viewers will be immersed in seamlessly blended projections that can accurately show the sky from any point and any time on earth. It has stadium seating for 250 people, and the dome screen will be titled 23.5 degrees to match the axial tilt of the Earth.

Rendering of the Planetarium Interior at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
Rendering of the Planetarium Interior at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

 

Thanks for registering for the tour. Participants will be emailed!

 

By rebekah monson
Rebekah Monson is the co-founder of WhereBy.Us, and she oversees technology and editorial strategy.

  • Coord

    Museums of science are very important for science students, students enjoy the visit of museum, it gives very informations to the students, i personally like to visit in museums of science, these are the value able resources for public education.

  • Coord

    Museums of science are very important for science students, students enjoy the visit of museum, it gives very informations to the students, i personally like to visit in museums of science, these are the value able resources for public education.

  • Gremess19

    Museums of science are very important for science students, students enjoy the visit of museum, it gives very information to the students, i personally like to visit in museums of science, these are the value able resources for public education.

  • Kentilsha13

    How do I sign up to be chosen for this? I signd up for a free trial!

    • Liz

      There’s a sign up form in the article 🙂 http://thenewtropic.com/a-peek-inside-the-new-frost-museum-of-science/
      Thanks for being apart of The New Tropic. We do all kinds of events/tours like this all over town, so stay tuned!

      • Kentilsha13

        Strange, I do not see a form. I opened it in two separate browsers and nothing. there is just a blank white space in the blue under where it says there should be a form.

        • Liz

          Just emailed you 🙂

  • Kentilsha13

    How do I sign up to be chosen for this? I signd up for a free trial!

    • Liz

      There’s a sign up form in the article 🙂 http://thenewtropic.com/a-peek-inside-the-new-frost-museum-of-science/
      Thanks for being apart of The New Tropic. We do all kinds of events/tours like this all over town, so stay tuned!

      • Kentilsha13

        Strange, I do not see a form. I opened it in two separate browsers and nothing. there is just a blank white space in the blue under where it says there should be a form.

        • Liz

          Just emailed you 🙂

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  • Sign me up! That would be so cool to win an “insider tour.” The Frost will become one of Miami’s greatest assets.

    • Bruce Pinchbeck Jr.

      Hey Mr. Gumsandles! Tour tickets are going to our members first but you can easily sign up for a free month trail here: http://www.thenewtropic.com/join if you haven’t already 🙂

  • Sign me up! That would be so cool to win an “insider tour.” The Frost will become one of Miami’s greatest assets.

    • Bruce Pinchbeck Jr.

      Hey Mr. Gumsandles! Tour tickets are going to our members first but you can easily sign up for a free month trail here: http://www.thenewtropic.com/join if you haven’t already 🙂