Grimshaw Architects designed the
250,000-square-foot complex,
which aims to be among the
world’s most innovative and
sustainable science museums.

MIAMI—The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science broke ground in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park, promising another element in the 24/7, culturally rich city officials are working to develop. The new museum is scheduled to open its doors to the public by early 2015.

“The new Miami Science Museum will be a cultural asset for our more than 70,000 residents and an international attraction for visitors,” Alyce Robertson, executive director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority, tells GlobeSt.com. “Its cutting-edge design and unique educational exhibits will bring new people from around the world and expose them to all that Downtown Miami has to offer.”

Grimshaw Architects designed the 250,000-square-foot complex, which aims to be among the world’s most innovative and sustainable science museums by demonstrating ecological principles. For example, the building will harness energy from water, sun, wind and even museum visitors to power exhibits and conserve resources.

What’s more, the museum is structured around a lushly landscaped indoor and outdoor “living core” of terrestrial and aquatic spaces, featuring a 600,000-gallon aquarium facility, a full dome 3-D planetarium, interactive exhibits, innovative technology and two additional wings of exhibition space, learning center and cafes.

Support from the public and private sectors for the museum’s capital campaign remains strong. In 2004, $165 million was approved by voters, through the Miami-Dade County’s Building Better Communities Bond Program, to support design and construction. In March 2011, Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost committed $35 million to the Museum. In January 2012, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation committed a challenge grant of $10 million.

“Great cities are home to top tier museums,” Trish and Dan Bell, co-chairs of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “The new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will elevate Miami into this rank while contributing to the city’s emergence as a major international destination for culture and innovation.”