The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is scheduled to open May 8 after months of delays and funding issues that required a public bailout last year.
Construction crews are now putting the finishing touches on the Frost Museum at 1101 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. The location is next to the Pérez Art Museum and walking distance from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
“Together, this constellation of cultural institutions provides our community with one of the most dynamic sets of cultural attractions anywhere,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said in a statement.
The Frost museum will be a four-building, 250,000-square-foot complex on a four-acre campus featuring a planetarium, an aquarium and a science museum. Grimshaw Architects designed it.
The museum will launch mobile software that owners of IOS and Android phones can download. Visitors will be able to use the app to view exhibit content and to participate in interactive scavenger hunts at the museum.
Admission tickets will be available for purchase starting Monday at website frostscience.org. Ticket prices for non-members will be $28 for adults and $20 for children ages 3 to 11. Admission will be free for children who are two years old or younger.
“None of this would be possible without the financial support and governance of Phillip and Patricia Frost,” Cesar L. Alvarez, chairman of the museum’s executive committee, said in a statement.
The museum development has faced financial problems and other obstacles since its location was moved to Museum Park in Miami from Coconut Grove.
The museum developers last year got a controversial $45 million financial bailout from Miami-Dade County after spending $165 million of county funds before finishing construction of the museum.
In February, the Frosts canned the museum’s board of trustees and installed new members, including Patricia Frost herself.