I visited HistoryMiami free of charge through the public library Museum Pass program. I am glad I did not pay full price; I would have been disappointed. This museum has potential, but needs drastic updating and more culturally responsive perspectives. The positive included a Bob Marley temporary exhibit, information posted in Spanish & English, and some interactive stations for children.
The museum came up short in too many areas, though. First, I was surprised at the limited information on the Tequista Indians and other Native American groups. I was hoping the museum would go beyond the basic "here is what they wore, here is how they gathered their food." Second, there was a failure to depict the truly devastating impact of the Europeans on the native peoples living in Florida. I saw quotes posted from many explorers, however no quotes from chiefs or present-day native americans to depict the effect on their peoples. Third, the museum attempts to include information about African Americans in Florida, however it is quite vague and does not adequately address life from slavery to present day from an afro-centric perspective. Finally, the last part of the museum addresses immigration and the influx of Cubans and Haitians but did not address how these new immigrants have helped shape the city. It seems that the most recent twenty years of history are missing....
If you go with your children, please use this museum as an opportunity to help them think critically about stories told from only a few perspectives.
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