South Florida Notables Celebrated Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science Recent GroundbreakingMonday, February 27, 6-7:30pm – The Fisher Island Mansion Ballroom, One Fisher Island Drive, Fisher Island

Miami Science Museum supporters Julia and David Bianchi and others hosted a soiree at The Fisher Island Mansion Ballroom to celebrate Miami’s most exciting new landmark project: the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Many South Florida notables including Trish and Dan Bell and Julia and David Bianchi attended the reception, held in honor of the museum’s groundbreaking which took place Feb. 24. The museum is slated to open in early 2015. Presentation was held by Gillian Thomas, Museum President and CEO, about the new museum.

Designed by internationally renowned Grimshaw Architects, the 250,000-square-foot Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is intended to act as a demonstration of ecological and sustainability principles, harnessing energy from water, sun, wind and museum visitor energy to power exhibits and conserve resources. It will be 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, hands-on exhibits, cutting edge technology and two additional wings of exhibition space, classrooms and cafes. With the support of the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County and others in the community, the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is on track to be a stand-out destination, inspiring visitors to learn, share and embrace science and technology. 85% of funding secured – $235 million raised to date, $40 million more required.