Milestones

February 2012

Miami Science Museum breaks ground on the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami with over 300 people in attendance and the participation of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, City Mayor Tomas Regalado, Superintendent of Public Schools Alberto Carvahlo, Naming Donors, Patricia and Phillip Frost and Board of Trustee Chairs, Trish and Dan Bell.

December 2011

Miami Science Museum announces $10 Million commitment by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Knight Foundation’s contribution will be recognized through the naming of the Learning Center, a high-tech meeting space for students and community groups, and a key position within the new museum’s management team, the Director for Education.

March 2011

Internationally recognized leader in business, science and philanthropy, Dr. Phillip Frost, and his wife Patricia, committed $35 million to the capital campaign for the new Miami Science Museum at Museum Park. Their generous commitment secured the naming rights of the new building, now to be known as the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

October 2010

Following years of planning and widespread anticipation surrounding the transformation of Miami’s Bicentennial Park into a new Museum Park, work crews completed the environmental remediation process to prepare eight acres of land on the Museum Park site for vertical construction of the new Miami Science Museum and Miami Art Museum.

July 2010

Miami Science Museum and the Miami Art Museum jointly appointed Field Operations to design the shared plaza between the Museums. The Plaza will serve as a centerpiece with lushly planted public gardens that overlook Biscayne Bay and the Park.

May 2010

Miami Science Museum released final designs for its new home at Museum Park to critical acclaim from media.

January 2010

Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted in favor of the expansion of the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in Miami. This was an extremely important step forward for the Miami Science Museum as it provided the City with a source of funding for Museum Park, including site remediation, capital construction and eventual maintenance.

MiaSci also received the official green light from Miami-Dade County on continuing to the next phase of New Museum design with the release of the next allotment of General Obligation Funding. In this phase, $9.35 million dollars were released to complete schematic design of the building and begin detailed design development.

August 2009

The City of Miami Commission approved three resolutions that allowed the construction of the Miami Art Museum and Miami Science Museum’s new facilities to begin as part of the Museum Park Miami project.

The City Commission unanimously approved the final lease agreement between the City and the museums, as well as the development and remediation agreement, which provides for the environmental site assessment and corresponding site rehabilitation of Bicentennial Park.

May 2009

The Miami City Commission unanimously approved the final lease agreement between the City, the Miami Science Museum and the Miami Art Museum, marking a major milestone in the realization of the project. The City Commission also approved the development agreement and the remediation agreement, supporting environmental assessment and rehabilitation of the site. With these approvals, the Museum is able to receive the next stage of funding from the Miami-Dade County Building Better Communities General Obligation Bonds, allowing the project to move forward into detailed design and development.

February 2009

Miami Science Museum Board of Trustees approved the concept design for the New Museum, allowing the project to proceed to the schematic design phase.

December 2008

Miami City Commissioners accepted the Community Benefits Agreement developed by the Museum Park Community Benefits Committee with input from the Miami Science Museum and other community participants. The Agreement highlights the broad economic benefits resulting from investments in Museum Park, as well as the value of the educational services being offered to the community.

October 2008

Following a competitive selection process, the Museum appointed THInc Design, a leading exhibition design firm based in New York City, to work with Grimshaw Architects on the concept design of the New Museum’s aquarium components.

September 2008

Miami Science Museum Board of Trustees approved a program for the New Museum encompassing 250,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces centered around a “living core” of aquatic and terrestrial exhibits; it includes a permanent and traveling exhibit space, a Learning Center, a Planetarium, an Energy Center, an Entertainment Suite/Studio Theater, a Music and Sound Studio, café and atrium spaces, staff facilities, and back-of-house spaces. 25,000 square feet is allocated for the Historical Museum of South Florida.

June 2008

The Museum was awarded $738,000 from the Department of Energy to carry out the research, design and planning necessary for integrating renewable energy resources and optimal energy efficiencies into the new Museum building. The project will also develop methods of communicating concepts about energy sources and uses to the general public through an outdoor Energy Playground, for which the City of Miami provided match funding and whose components will ultimately move to the new site.

April 2008

Miami Science Museum signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County creating the legal framework for the waterfront park and its two museums, the new Miami Science Museum and the new Miami Art Museum. The County then signed the contract to begin the release of funding from the General Obligation Bond.

May 2007

Following an international search by the Museum’s selection committee and a multi-day public forum, the firm of Grimshaw Architects of London/Melbourne/New York was appointed to design the new Miami Science Museum and the firm of Rodriguez & Quiroga of Miami was appointed to serve as resident Executive Architects.

November 2004

Voters passed a General Obligation Bond, which included the provision of $175 million to create a new Miami Science Museum.

November 2001

Voters passed the City of Miami Homeland Defense/Neighborhood Improvement Bond, which included an award to Miami Science Museum in the amount of $3.5 million in seed money for new projects.