Located along Miami’s iconic Biscayne Boulevard in Downtown Miami, just a stone’s throw from the much-celebrated Perez Art Museum Miami, or PAMM, stands the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, or as locals call it, the Frost Science.
My family and I recently visited the museum to explore one of its newest special exhibitions, “The Secret World Inside You,” but beyond going on a journey through the human body, which this exhibit focuses on, we also got to pet stingrays, gained a deeper understanding about deep space, were mesmerized by fantastical jellies, and felt the cool breeze of the bay (during Miami’s hot summer) as we dined alfresco at the museum’s onsite dining venue.
“The Secret World Inside You” exhibit—on view through Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019—is highly engaging, no matter the age—I think my husband and I had even more fun than our teenage daughters, who thoroughly enjoyed the in-depth exhibit. There are larger-than-life models, computer interactive spaces, videos, art installations and a live presentation, and from the onset the guest is pulled into the exhibit space via a shimmery colorful world that’s created with light and mirrors and “represents the trillions of microbes that have found a home in each and every one of us.”
The exhibit’s goal is to take guests on a journey through the human body to explore the microbiome, where they find out what microbes are, where they can find them, how we interact within them and how new discoveries are redefining notions of human health. Your clients will find out if having a pet is healthy, whether the popular Korean food, kimchi, is good for one’s health, and why we can drink dairy and not be affected, while people in other parts of the world have a bad reaction…and that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in terms of the educational value of the exhibit.
But there’s so much more to explore. Although one of the Frost Planetarium shows is included in the price of the ticket, do recommend that those clients spending a full day at the museum purchase another show time as the museum’s 250-seat Planetarium is one of the center’s showstoppers. There are a three shows to choose from, so options for all in the family.
Families will love the Aquarium at the Royal Caribbean Vista on Level 4 of the museum. There they’ll get to touch a stingray and see the living coral reefs. Anotehr standout are the aquariums on Level 3, where they’ll be able to see the extreme diversity of the subtropical sea, including an array of bizarrely shaped and colored fish that we are not usually privy to (make sure to pet the starfish). And on Level 2 there’s the renowned 31-foot oculus lens, which forms the bottom of the museum’s Gulf Stream Aquarium. That level, too, is home to otherworldly and captivating jellies. And to make a full day of it, do recommend families have lunch at the Food@Science restaurant on Level 1.
Every corner of the museum sparks imagination, even the elevators, so tell your clients to explore every nook and cranny to make a surprising discovery. For more information, visit frostscience.org.
Where to Stay
Right across from Frost Science, you’ll find The Gabriel Miami, part of Curio Collection by Hilton. Formerly a ME by Melia property, The Gabriel offers 129 guestrooms and suites—the views are to die for—a top-notch spa with unique offerings, a pool deck with inspiring views of PortMiami and Downtown Miami, and the CVLTVRA restaurant, which showcases Latin American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist.
From the hotel, guests can easily visit Frost Science, explore Downtown Miami, as well as the hip Wynwood and Design District neighborhoods. For more information, visit hilton.com/en/curio.