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Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU

Address: 301 Washington Ave., Florida International University, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Pointe)
Phone Number: 305-672-5044
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Ranked #8 of 33 Attractions in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is the only Museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is the only Museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture. The museum is housed in two adjacent lovingly restored historic buildings, at 301 Washington Avenue on South Beach, that were once synagogues for Miami Beach's first Jewish congregation. The museum's focal point is its core exhibit, "MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, 1763 to Present" and its temporary history and art exhibits that change periodically. A Collections and Research Center, several films, Timeline Wall of Jewish history, museum Store filled with unique items and Bessie's Bistro complete the experience for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

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Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

The material on display is really interesting. Sometime unique like the leaflets from the MB hotels forbidding Jews to enter (50's !). The museum is really in need of maintenance.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Actually, 2 synagogues joined together, this is a fascinating glimpse into the history of Jews in southern Florida. This is the neighborhood where retirees from the big cities of the Northeast first came to enjoy the land of perpetual sunshine. Our docent was extremely knowledgable. The museum is a gem!

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Tampa, Florida
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We opted to decline a guided tour from the gracious lady who offered, preferring instead to meander through at our own pace. Although I basically grew up in Florida, I was only remotely familiar with the nearly 250 years of Florida Jewish history accessible in this museum through photographs and artifacts from all over the state. The Museum is housed... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We really didn't know what to expect. It was way more interesting than we expected. Don't know if it was because of our docent or if everyone's experience is the same. It's not large, but the story of the Jewish presence in South Miami is fascinating.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The Food Walking Tour was wonderful ! Howard , our guide was extremely knowledgeable. He gave us the history of the area in an informative and fun filled way. He was able to answer any questions I had on the history of the area. This tour should not be missed!

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Campanillas
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Housed in two old synagogues, the museum would be worth visiting for that alone. But the exhibits, both permanent and temporary, together with the very informative video presentation and the expertise of the human guide, make a visit so very worthwhile. Great detail is observed, sometimes with unwittingly comic results, as when one finds oneself gazing at the underpants of... More 

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Wisconsin
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We were staying on Collins Ave and it was worth the walk to see this. I am so glad we did it is very educational.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

One of the exhibitions was being moved the day we visited, but we were given a reduced entry price. We watched a video and the guide came to show us round and basically repeated what was on the film. Lots of interesting artefacts and history.

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Long Beach, California
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Given the name, the Jewish Museum of Florida obviously features exhibits pertaining to the history of the Jewish people in Florida. However, I found the exhibits to have a much deeper meaning. The exhibits at the Jewish Museum of Florida offer insight into human nature, social behavior and multicultural collaboration. My take away message from the museum was that people... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

was a synagogue now a museum. Visit on a Saturday for free entry. Although guide is present easy to go round by self. A lot on the Jews of the area An exhibition on the local senate was rather parochial and not for the average visitor

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