Hurricane season has come to an end, but the Miami Science Museum wants to make sure everyone is prepared for next year’s season arrives.
In collaboration with State Farm and Florida International University, the museum debuted its hurricanes exhibit last month.
The exhibit includes a full-scale P-3 hurricane hunter aircraft. Visitors can have the feeling of jumping inside the aircraft and experience what its like to be a pilot and fly through a swirling storm.
Sean Duran, a vice president at the museum, said the exhibition’s purpose is to educate South Floridians in case of a storm.
“The purpose of the exhibit is to help the public learn what it takes to predict, prepare for and protect against a hurricane,” he said.
The exhibit includes five interactive features, including one which allows visitors to design, build and test a model house against hurricane-force winds.
Hurricane Andrew motivated the museum to bring the exhibit to life, said Duran.
“We launched the exhibition first as a remembrance of Andrew as its been now 20 years,” he said. “Both our friends at WLRN Under the Sun
and FIU were excited about this anniversary, so that got the ball rolling.”
There is also a 20-foot-long display case featuring Hurricane Andrew artifacts. The hurricane attacked South Florida in 1992. The exhibit was created in-house at the Miami Science Museum, Duran said.
He said the exhibition is interactive.
“Visitors can investigate predict, track and prepare for hurricanes,” he said. “They can test the basic tenants behind the forces that guide storms and better understand where Hurricanes go and how they grow.”
Museum President Gillian Thomas said now is the right time to be prepared for a storm.
“This is a very important time to showcase the hurricane exhibit, he said in a press release.” Severe weather is becoming more prevalent and serious across the globe, and South Floridians in particular need to be aware of how to prepare and protect themselves before, during and after hurricanes.”