What's to become of the Science Museum?
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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