The Jack Taylor Family Foundation has committed $1 million to the Miami Science Museum’s capital campaign to build the new $275 million Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami. The Taylor gift will be recognized through the naming of the new Museum’s Welcome and Ticketing Center. The Miami Science Museum broke ground on its new building on Friday, February 24th.
“We are very proud to be supporting the Miami Science Museum as they break ground on the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Our foundation is dedicated to enriching the community and we are confident that the new Museum will build on the current museum’s legacy and continue to be a strong resource for all,” said Elizabeth Taylor, President of the Jack Taylor Family Foundation.
The Taylor Family Foundation’s $1 million commitment to the museum’s new building puts the museum in its final stretch of private fundraising – with over $70 million raised out of its $100 million goal. The remaining funds that complete the overall project cost are granted by Miami-Dade County’s Building Better Communities Bond Program, overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2004, and other government sources.
Designed by internationally renowned Grimshaw Architects, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will bring the most spectacular high-design experience to Miami’s already bustling cultural landscape. The 250,000 square-foot complex 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.
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, 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. The new museum is slated to break ground on Feb. 24, 2012 and open in early 2015.