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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

What's to become of the Science Museum?

When the Museum of Science or the (cringe) Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science moves downtown, the current location, called the "Farm Village," Vizcaya will reclaim the farm village and plans are to demolish it.

Saving it as an interpretive center for Vizcaya has been suggested, until funds are available to build a new center. Many feel that the building should not have been built there anyway, no matter how you look at it, it's a big ugly box housing an incredible museum. No thought went into the architecture to house such great science wonders, including the planetarium.

The only think I like there is the big globe which should somehow be returned to City Hall, which was the original Pan Am terminal and if that cannot be done, hopefully the globe will be saved and relocated somewhere else. It's a big part of Coconut Grove and aviation history.

The caretakers of Vizcaya never really appreciated it and saw it as an entertainment venue. The Vizcaya Trust finally made some creative changes. Joel Hoffman, the Executive Director was instrumental in protecting the grounds and house and hopefully will come up with something great for the former museum location when it closes.

From Vizcaya's mission statement: "Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is governed by the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, a 24-member board, established in 1998, that sets policy for the institution. This policy is carried out by the Executive Director and museum staff. Oversight is provided by the Office of the County Manager of Miami-Dade County. The Vizcayans and the Vizcaya Volunteer Guides have supported the Museum,s mission since the 1950s.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there this past weekend at and the same things crossed my mind. What will happen to the building? My fist thoughts were Vizcaya should take it over as an events location. Second thought was it will probably become a charter school since this is seems to be the trend in Miami. Third condos and or houses if the land is sold.

January 08, 2014 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Won't the museum just take the globe downtown?

January 09, 2014 12:33 PM  

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