Miami Science Museum: Smithsonian® Expeditions

Smithsonian® Expeditions • Museums & Edu-tainment • 2002

Miami Museum of Science & Space Transit Planetarium features an A&ES-themed dig of an ancient sarcophagus of Mexico’s Palenque Temple…

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoological Park. Wowing audiences since 1949 with science exhibits and a planetarium, the ​Miami Science Museum relocated to Museum Park in downtown Miami, a new $305 million facility with significant support from Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2017. The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, designed by internationally renowned Grimshaw Architects, brings the most spectacular high-design experience to Miami’s already bustling cultural landscape. The three-level, 250,000 square-foot complex demonstrates ecological and sustainability principles by harnessing energy from water, sun, wind, and museum visitor energy to power and conserve resources. The museum spotlights a lushly landscaped indoor and outdoor “living core” of terrestrial and aquatic spaces. Popular is the 500,000-gallon suspended Gulf Stream Aquarium hosting sharks, rays, and other fish. View from above on an open-air deck or from below through a 31-foot-wide lens. Other favorites are a full-dome, 16-million-color 8K planetarium using six 3-D projectors, hands-on exhibits, cutting-edge technology, and two additional wings of exhibition space, classrooms, and cafes.

A&ES Build Highlights

The new facility replaces the much smaller Miami Science Center and Space Transit Planetarium, which in 2015 closed the Coconut Grove location it had occupied for 55 years. The new museum’s planetarium is one of 13 worldwide equipped with an advanced 8K projection system. Frank Steslow, a microbiologist and museum president, says it’s unusual to have a single museum include a planetarium, an aquarium, and a science museum.

A&ES Design and Fabrication

  • 3-D authentic replica Mayan wall relief sculptures
  • 3-D large scale sculpted Olmec head replica
  • Themed plinths and custom casework for artifacts
  • Bamboo and eucalyptus constructed themed rooms and partitions
  • Onsite custom hand-carved cement and plaster
  • Scenic faux finishes and aging treatments
  • Replica and artificial foliage
  • 3-D and 2-D themed signage
  • Interactive archaeological dig
  • Authentic replica carved sarcophagus (casket) and remains of King Pakal of Yucatan in Palenque’s Temple of the Inscription
  • Specialty lighting
  • Onsite coordination with museum curators for artifact mounting and installation

A&ES Services Details

  • Research and analysis of the client’s goals and requirements
  • Assessment of preliminary space plans
  • Provision of project management services including preparation of project budgets and schedules
  • Preparation of construction documents, consisting of plans, details, and specifications
  • Preparation of construction documents to adhere to regional building and fire codes
  • Identify facility impacts between contractor and A&ES components
  • The organization, coordination, and planning
  • Pre-production and prototyping
  • SketchUp
  • Rhino
  • Thermoplastic fabrication
  • Shop drawings (CAD)
  • Water-jet metal shapes
  • CNC machining
  • Architectural millwork
  • Specialty automotive paint prepping and finishing
  • Fiberglass production (FRP)
  • 3-Dimensional design and fabrication
  • Complete design specification services
  • In-house fabrication
  • Turnkey installation


The Smithsonian’s natural history collections include specimens gathered during Smithsonian-affiliated scientific expeditions. While safeguarding and presenting our nation’s treasures, its museums and zoo also support education, scholarship, and research.

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