Everyone could feel the excitement under the big, white tent at Museum Park on the morning of Friday, February 24th, as the community gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami.
Over 300 people from the community gathered on the actual ground where the Museum will eventually stand, to celebrate this momentous occasion. Guests included lead donors Patricia and Phillip Frost, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho, City and County Commissioners, members of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, including Co-Chairs Trish and Dan Bell, the Museum’s staff members, and representatives from the Museum’s ambassador groups, including the MiaSci Young Patrons, MiaSci Moms, MiaSci Teen Ambassadors, and the Teacher Ambassador Group.
John A. Ferguson High School’s famed marching band energized the crowd with their performance and kept the crowd grooving as shovels hit the ground and a backhoe dug deep into the ground.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Regional Science Fair Winners proudly displayed their projects and happily discussed them with groundbreaking guests. As part of the event, the Museum also announced the launch of its new Science Stars program, which will involve leading scientists visiting Dade County schools to get students excited about different fields of science and about all the attractions and opportunities the new Museum will offer.
Flags and markings on the ground outlined exactly where the building’s components will be once constructed: the Living Core, Planetarium, Energy Playground, People and Science Gallery and more, so that guests got a true feel for the magnitude of the 250,000 square foot building. Guests also got to leave their digital footprint by recording their thoughts on camera for the Museum’s Digital Time Capsule (which will soon be available on the website).
The new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is truly a museum the community has built. In 2004, voters approved the first sum of money for the project through Miami-Dade County’s Building Better Communities Bond Program to support design and construction. Since then, with the continued support of the County, as well as the City of Miami, Patricia and Phillip Frost, the John S. and John L. Knight Foundation, and countless other supporters, the new Museum, years in the making, is finally becoming a reality.
The Museum will continue to share information about the building’s progress as construction gets underway. Keep checking this site for updates, as well as our New Museum blog at http://miasci.org
Check out pictures of the groundbreaking event as well as renderings of the new Museum below: