Have you been to one of our onsite tours yet? If not, we’ve created an ONSITE video series to take you onto the construction site for a closer look at how the museum is coming along. This month’s installment focuses on the soon-to-be awesome Frost Planetarium, and is hosted by Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego, the exhibit developer for the planetarium, and our Curator of Astronomy. Check out the video to learn about our super high-tech projector system, how the angle of the seating helps create an immersive experience, and get a sense of some of the incredible programming we’ll be featuring upon opening.
In addition to the video series, we wanted to let you know that construction on our downtown waterfront site is 75-percent complete. We’ve begun putting the finishing touches on some of the aquariums in the Living Core – artisans are creating small caves and swim-throughs as they pour the concrete in the Coral Reef aquarium, and in the Live Coral vessel, we’re installing a rough limestone boulder surface that has coral skeletons fossils within it, just as the natural reef would. Up at the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami, we’ve begun phase one of our construction on the new Batchelor Environmental Center, which will eventually house fish quarantine areas, a state-of-the-art raptor rehabilitation center, and function as a headquarters for our MUVE (Museum Volunteers for the Environment) program. It’s wonderful to see all these plans taking shape.