The Real Deal Miami

New Museum of Science breaks ground in Miami

February 24, 2012 01:30PM

A rendering of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

The new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science broke ground today at Museum Park, marking the beginning of construction for the planned 250,000-square-foot complex. The project, which was designed by Grimshaw Architects, will include a 3-D planetarium and a 600,000-square-foot aquarium. “Great cities are home to top-tier museums,” said Tirsh and Dan Bell, co-chairs of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, in a statement. “[The museum] will be an outstanding economic and architectural asset for the city.” The project received $165 million in voter-approved funding for design in construction in 2004. The museum has since raised $70 million in private funding. — Alexander Britell