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“Freedom” 5 of 5 stars
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Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL (Downtown)
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Ranked #73 of 283 things to do in Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My family and I arrived in 1962 aboard the freedom flights from Cuba seeking refuge from Castro and communism. the Freedom Tower was a refuge for many so every call as a little baby 2 years old or young child having the vaccinations. Many Cubans will go there to get some cheese to survive and help in getting a job or relocation to Chicago. this was our Ellis Island. god bless america

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“Thank God for Freedom!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

For those of you who are travelling to Miami and have Cuban/ Latin family members, this is a historic site you don't want to skip. The Freedom Tower is a National Historic Landmark that depicts the significant story of the Cuban exodus to the United States during the Cold War. From 1962 through 1974 the Freedom Tower served as the Cuban Assistance Center, offering help and relief to Cuban refugees who sought political protection from Fidel Castro. Many Cubans fled to Miami because it was closest to Cuba. This historic site is filled with photographs, stories and old belongings that were donated in order to share the stories of our brave families.

Visited February 2015
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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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