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Miami Science Museum

3280 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida

Phone: (305) 646-4200
Cosmic Hotline: (305) 646-4420

Statement of Purpose:

We inspire people of all ages and cultures to enjoy science and technology, in order to better understand ourselves and our world.


The Miami Science Museum brings visitors face-to-face with science experiences through hands-on exhibits, a wildlife center, a natural history collection, classes for kids and adults, and seasonal traveling exhibits.



The Dinosaurs of China

The Miami Science Museum has joined with the venerable Beijing Museum of Natural History to bring you the finest collection of Chinese dinosaur fossils ever seen in the United States. The exhibit features 14 enormous articulated dinosaur skeletons and 52 spectacular individual specimens, including 8 of the most rare feathered dinosaurs and birds from the fossil beds at Liaoning. Together with unique fully-sculpted models, interactive and multimedia experiences, and a children's paleo-discovery area, these magnificent creatures will come alive for South Florida families at this once-in-a-lifetime event. Through April, 2008.


The Miami Planetarium opened its doors to the public on November 4, 1966 and has entertained and educated children of all ages about astronomy and the wonders of the night sky ever since. The Planetarium, home to Jack Horkheimer’s Star Gazer, the world’s first and only weekly television series on naked-eye astronomy, houses a 65-foot diameter domed projection screen with 231 seats. At the heart of the Planetarium is a SPITZ “Space Transit Planetarium” star projector, which is capable of accurately reproducing the stars and planets as seen from anywhere on Earth at any time during the year. Shows daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Click Here to view Planetarium show schedule.

The Planetarium also features surround sound, video projection, lasers and breathtaking four story tall multi-media imagery. Unlike any other in South Florida, the Museum’s Planetarium is a unique setting for bringing the stars and planets indoors in animated live star shows and music-filled laser light shows.

The Weintraub Observatory houses two powerful Meade telescopes. At 8 p.m. each first Friday of the month a free Planetarium show precedes Observatory session. This once a month free star show is not dependent on the weather as is the Observatory. Observatory hours from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Peer through the telescope to view the planets, the four moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and double stars.



The Globe

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Key Personnel:

Russell Etling, Executive Director

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