Construction at The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science continues, and we’re getting some intel of what we can expect at the new facility. This week, the Museum received two gifts from the Batchelor Foundation, totaling in $7.5 million.
The first gift of $5 million, will go towards creating a new environmental center at the Biscayne Bay Campus of FIU. Appropriately dubbed, “The Batchelor Environmental Center,” the new facility will be built on 75,000 square feet parcel of land, and will be one of the world’s premier centers for studying, showcasing, and protecting the natural world.
Fans of the The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science won’t be disappointed: the project will build upon the decades of work at the The Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center, and will continue to focus on birds of prey rehabilitation, while expanding its scope of work to include environmental research and restoration. Through this new center, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will demonstrate how critical care of the environment is, both for the environment itself, as well as our own health.
Visitors will be invited to continue bringing injured birds of prey, participate in wildlife restoration, and learn up-close about the animals of South Florida. Moreover, people of all ages will be invited to come learn at the center, as it will be equipped with classrooms, as well as easy access to the animals and local environments being studied and restored.
The second part of the gift will go to support the new Museum’s Feathers to the Stars Gallery with $2.5 million. Currently under construction in Museum Park, the 6,000 square foot permanent exhibition tells the story of the human dream to overcome gravity. Beginning in prehistoric times, where dinosaurs took flight and evolved into the birds we know today, the exhibit will travel through time to the milestone experiments and innovations that have allowed humans to become masters of the sky, from balloons to spacecraft.
The exhibit will include features such as touchable models, multimedia experiences and simulations, and unique iterative designs that allow you to make, test, and evaluate flight designs.
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