Founded in 1940, the 70,000 square foot facility is the largest history museum in the state of Florida and the second oldest cultural institution in South Florida. The museum also has the honor of being a Smithsonian affiliate. Formerly known as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, in 2010 they announced HistoryMiami Museum as their new name.
HistoryMiami's Museum was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 1979, joining the elite 24% of history museums nationwide, and one of only two history museums in Miami-Dade County to meet the rigorous professional standards required.
HistoryMiami Museum programs include exhibitions, city tours, education, research, collections and publications on the importance of the past in shaping Miami's future. It also houses four permanent galleries and up to three traveling exhibits. One of the Museum’s permanent exhibitions, Tropical Dreams: A People’s History of South Florida, covers 12,000 years of history and examines the development of the region and its people against key historic events including early Native American settlement, the Spanish Exploration period, World War II up to the present. In addition, it is home to more than one million historic images and 30,000 three-dimensional artifacts, including a 1920's trolley car, gold and silver recovered from 17th and 18th century shipwrecks, artifacts from Pan American World Airways, and rafts that brought refugees to Miami.
HistoryMiami also includes the Archives and Research Center, which contains historic photos and documents useful to scholars, distant learners, industry professionals. The lower level houses classrooms used for educational programming and lectures, administrative offices, and part of the museum's object collection. HistoryMiami is the official repository for all archaeological material recovered in Miami-Dade County.
Each February, HistoryMiami also hosts the annual Miami International Map Fair, the largest map fair in the Western Hemisphere.
HistoryMiami Museum has been recognized by several local and national media outlets as a premier historical institution, for its programming and exhibitions.
"Thankfully, a few minutes spent wandering through HistoryMiami cures that misconception in a hurry. Stashed away in an expansive building in downtown Miami are scores of archives, artifacts, and photographs from every era of South Florida's development, including more than a million images from the late 1800s to today.
"...the museum, which actually began as a historical association in 1940 continues to offer the exhibits that were developed throughout the previous decades, as well as incorporating new ones. Now a a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, the facility has a newfound ability to launch its own collections and publications, as well as lend and borrow traveling exhibits. In addition, the famed Miami Circle site, unearthed downtown when a new building was being planned, has been incorporated as part of the museum. City tours of the Circle are offered, as well as eco-history bus, boat and walking tours of external attractions ranging from Calle Ocho to the Everglades."
Travel US News, ranked HistoryMiami Museum #6 Best Things to Do in Miami.
"visitors said they were surprised by the rich history of the region, and noted the museum did a good job of highlighting Miami's past."
HistoryMiami Musem offers various city tours which feature walking, biking, boating, and coach tours led by internationally acclaimed historian Dr. Paul George and other tour guides prepared to share their expertise on various topics related to Miami and South Florida history and culture.
"HistoryMiami is changing that with their Stiltsville and Key Biscayne sunset cruises. Unlike other tours that navigate the same waters, the museum’s resident historian Dr. Paul George, who really delves into the history of each site, leads this one. He’ll narrate the trip as it takes you past the Cape Florida Lighthouse, where you may even catch a glimpse of dolphins and other wildlife."
To view HistoryMiami Museum's city tours calendar, please click here.
Family Fun Days
Every second Saturday of each month HistoryMiami Museum offers a host of activities for FREE. They include things to do, learn, and experience with the whole family while learning more about the vibrant Miami city.
Family Fun Days are presented with the support of the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami Downtown Development Authority, The Miami Foundation and the Michael and Diane Rosenberg Foundation.
Learn more here!
- Downtown Miami Historic District
- El Portal, Florida
- List of mayors of Miami
- Lummus Park Historic District
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Miami, Florida
- Timeline of Miami, Florida history
- Cervantes, Victoria. "Historical Museum of Southern Florida Commemorates 70th Anniversary with Unveiling of New Brand Identity" (PDF). HistoryMiami. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- Historical Museum of Southern Florida: about Retrieved on June 4, 2012
- Historical Museum of Southern Florida: history Retrieved on March 9, 2008
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