MIAMI’S FABLED FROST
Have you visited Miami’s new Frost Science Museum?
Set in Downtown’s Museum Park and designed by London-based Grimshaw Architects, the facility houses a planetarium, an aquarium and a science museum, as it dramatically floats atop the waters of Biscayne Bay. The most spectacular attractions here – in addition to the sweeping views of Miami and its Atlantic waters from the rooftop terraces – are the aquarium and the planetarium. The three-level aquarium starts off on the open-air Vista level, where guests can actually pet the resident stingrays, and then stretches over two additional floors (the Dive level and the Deep level), complete with underwater views of live ocean creatures. The aquarium ends with a stunning, massive oculus lens, offering a viewing portal into the Gulf Stream aquarium habitat.
The planetarium – one of the most technologically refined in the world – takes visitors on an immersive, ultra-real experience, allowing them to feel as if they’re hurtling through space or weaving through a coral reef or DNA strand. The planetarium’s dome is tilted forward at 23.5 degrees, as imagery comes from above, below and the peripheral edges to create a nearly 360-degree view of whichever world is being experienced at the time. A once-in-a-lifetime journey, the Frost Science Museum is designed to appeal to people of all ages, from the precocious three-year-old and their 30something parent, to older adults and even retired folk. It’s truly universal.