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Miami’s Frost Museum of Science Breaks Ground On New Shark-Infested Building

Say goodbye again to raves in Bicentennial Park: the first shovel will hit the ground Friday morning to begin construction on the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

Miami's Frost Museum of Science Breaks Ground On New Shark-Infested Building

The new, green-focused $275 million building is expected to be completed in early 2015, at which point visitors will be treated to sharks — yes, sharks! — swimming over them on the mezzanine in a jaw-dropping 600,000-gallon aquarium.


But that’s not all. Designed by Grimshaw Architects of London/New York, the 250,000-square-foot space will also feature a full-dome 3-D planetarium, multiple wings of exhibits, cafes, learning centers, and gardens, fountains and pools forming an oasis in the midst of urban density in its new shared home with the Miami Art Museum on Museum Park.

The building is intended to run sustainably, not only collecting rain water on the roof but using energy from the sun, wind, and even museum visitors themselves. Officials say the size of the Frost should accommodate double the 50,000 school children who currently visit each year.

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