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“Iconic Building in Miami” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL (Downtown)
305-577-8544
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Ranked #73 of 278 things to do in Miami
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Iconic Building in Miami”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

While visiting Perez Art Museum Miami, my family saw a sign of Freedom Tower and we walked over to see it. It is also close to American Airlines Arena and Bayside Market place.
The admission is free . It is a museum and also a part of Miami Dade College.

It has a big 2nd floor lobby with a large mural. It also has a lot of interesting collection of Cuban exiles.

Visited February 2015
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“The Cuban Ellis Island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My husband and I were with a tour group that visited this tower which was originally completed in 1925 as the headquarters and printing facility for the newspaper The Miami News. They vacated the building in 1957 to relocate. As refugees from Cuba fleeing Fidel Castro’s communist regime arrived in Miami during the 1960s, the federal government used this facility to process, document and provide medical and dental services for the newcomers. After the major era of refugees ended in 1972, the federal government sold the building to private buyers in 1974. In 1979, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is currently used as a contemporary art museum (small but interesting and changing – open free to the public) and a central office to different disciplines in the arts associated with Miami Dade College.

You can also see historical information on both the building as a newspaper and as a processing area for the Cuban refugees. A short film tells about the Pedro Pan children and there are several exhibits about the refugees which should be expanded. The information presented was wonderful and helps those unfamiliar with the era gain insight, but we left wanting more.

Visited February 2015
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“Freedom at Last!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Being a Cuban myself that migrated to this beautiful country in 1966 just the building and structure speaks for itself. No pictures or words are needed for those Cuban that stood inside this building and felt FREE for the first time. There are many books written about Castro and how the country was run by him and his brother Raul. Everytime I go to Miami and stand infront of the building and just by walking inside I could hear so many people crying and screamiing Freedom at Last! I was just a little girl but my sister was 8 years old and we migrated with our parents through the Freedom Flight - Pan Am it was experience that I will never forget.
So remember when you walk into that building pretend you can hear the cries of happiness of being free only those that were ever in a communist country will ever know what it is to be free.

Love America its a wonderful country to many opportunities.

Visited October 2014
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“Beautiful architecture”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I love this landmark building opposite the American Airlines arena - they change the lighting now and then depending on the season. It has great historical significance as Cuban refugees passed through it upon arrival to Miami back in the sixties. I believe it used to be the Miami News building prior to that. Nice architecture!

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“Grand Structure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Located in downtown Miami,near the cruise port. It is a stunning old contrast in comparison to the modern skyscrapers. Worth a quick view-good for some lovely photo ops.

Visited December 2014
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