Frost Museum of Science announces $7.5 million grant

07/22/2014 7:44 PM

07/22/2014 7:47 PM

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science on Tuesday announced a total of $7.5 million in gifts from the Batchelor Foundation.

A $5 million gift will go toward building the Batchelor Environmental Center at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus, which is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2015. The center, to be built on a 75,000-foot piece of land, will be an extension of science museum and will house the Batchelor Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. It will include a clinic for rehabilitation of birds of prey; research tanks with salt water access; facilities for FIU’s School of Environment to use for research and teaching and aquaponic and hydroponic systems.

The second gift, for $2.5 million, will be used for the Feathers to the Stars Gallery at the museum’s new site in downtown Miami. The 6,000-square-foot exhibition will cover flight throughout history — and pre-history.

In a press release announcing the latest gift, the museum said it now has more than $86 million in commitments toward a goal of $135 million in private fundraising.

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