Bicentennial Park

Aerial View of Bicentennial Park Opening, Before It Was Museum Park

Originally used as the first location of the Port of Miami, Museum Park has evolved over the years. After the Port of Miami moved to Dodge Island, the land was transformed into Bicentennial Park and opened in 1976. The video below is an aerial view of the park, which had two baseball fields and many trees. From 1986 to 1993, Bicentennial Park was used for the Grand Prix of Miami and several music festivals. The Perez Art Museum of Miami was completed next to the park in 2013 before it was transformed in Museum Park. Once Museum Park was completed the Frost Museum of Science opened in 2017.

This Was Downtown Miami In 1977 - Before & After

The photo on the left is what Downtown Miami looked like in 1977. Brickell Key was just an empty island in the process of development. The site American Airlines Arena is currently on was used as a Port and Bicentennial Park was in its infancy. Fast forward to 2015 and the Frost Museum of Science is under construction and many condos and offices have filled Biscayne Boulevard and the Downtown core. Biscayne Boulevard has also been widened to support the traffic. In both photos the one constant that has remained is the iconic Freedom Tower.

Bonus Photo: Downtown Miami in the 1930's

Update On The Frost Museum Of Science - Photos & Video

Update On The Frost Museum Of Science - Photos & Video

Since our last update on the Frost Museum of Science in September 2014, the Museum has passed the halfway mark of construction.

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Frost Museum of Science Construction Photos

Frost Museum of Science Next to Biscayne Bay

Frost Museum of Science Next to Biscayne Bay

Since our last update two months ago, the Frost Museum of Science is steadily taking shape. 

They have started to add the outside facade to the building and you can get a better idea of what the finish product will look like. 

The museum is expected to open in 2015.

The Evolution of Bicentennial Park to Museum Park

Downtown Miami From Bicentennial Park

Downtown Miami From Bicentennial Park

Originally, before it was Museum Park or Bicentennial Park, the land was the location of the Port of Miami. 

In 1960, the City of Miami bought the land, but it wasn't until 1974 that the Miami City Commission approved plans for Bicentennial Park. 

After the Port of Miami moved to Dodge Island, Bicentennial Park was created from the old dock slips and finally opened in 1976.

From 1986 until 1993 the Grand Prix of Miami was held at Bicentennial Park. The lined barriers from the track were still visible until the construction of Museum Park.

Over the years Bicentennial Park began to deteriorate due to lack of upkeep and complaints of poor design. The homeless began to sleep in the park after a judge ordered the city to give them a place to stay.

Bicentennial Park hosted many events over the years including the popular Ultra Music Festival, but residents craved a new updated park.

The plans for Museum Park finally came into fruition and $10 million was given for improvements to the park. On the Northern section of the park is the recently completed Perez Art Museum of Miami and the Frost Museum of Science, which is expected to be completed in 2015. 

Museum Park opened on June 14, 2014 (Photos can be seen here) and is a vast improvement over Bicentennial Park. Hopefully the park will be maintained over the years and does not become another Bicentennial Park.

Below are photos of Bicentennial Park over the years to Museum Park.

Exploring The Soon To Open Museum Park Miami

Museum Park Miami

As part of the construction of Perez Art Museum of Miami and the Patricia and Phillip Museum of Science, Museum Park got a complete revamp from when it was Bicentennial Park.

The near completed park sits next to Biscayne Bay and is located next to the American Airlines Arena separated by a boat slip, which David Beckham wants to use for his MLS soccer stadium. 

The landscaping and construction on Museum Park has progressed quickly, even from three weeks ago when the park looked like this

The park is surrounded by many palm trees and even has trees that were moved from Brickell City Centre. 

There are many park benches and bike racks for people to be able to enjoy. When sitting on one the benches, the park offers spectacular views of Watson Island, South Beach, Port of Miami, Downtown Miami and the "Biscayne Wall." In the morning or at night Museum Park is a great spot to watch the cruise ships come in and out of the port. 

Sculptures that were part of Bicentennial Park have been included in the new Museum Park including the El Nuevo Mundo sculpture, which has been moved to the front entrance of the park. 

With the addition of the Perez Art Museum of Miami and Frost Museum of Science, Museum Park should be a welcome addition to residents and tourists of Miami.

The official opening is expected to be June 14.

Current Museum Park and Museum of Science Photos

Museum Park Overlooking Biscayne Bay

Museum Park Overlooking Biscayne Bay

The landscaping is coming along quickly at Museum Park. They have added palm trees, grass, walking paths and benches to the park. It should not be too much longer until the park officially opens. 

Museum Park overlooks Biscayne Bay and is right next to the Pérez Art Museum, which just opened in December 2013 and the Patricia and Phillip Museum of Science. The science museum is still under construction and is expected to be completed sometime in 2015. 

It is interesting that while the science museum is being built, the Miami Herald Building is being knocked down right across the street.