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“Well worth a visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of HistoryMiami

HistoryMiami
101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130 (Downtown)
305 375 1492
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Ranked #45 of 122 attractions in Miami
Type: History Museums
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Owner description: HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami's history as the unique crossroads of the Americas.
Vancouver, Canada
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

This is a relatively small museum, but they have a lot of history crammed into one place. The museum basically tracks the history of Miami from it's humble beginnings to the metropolis it is today and everything in-between.

What I really enjoyed is how many tangible things they had here, from colonial era cannons to a restored street trolley and even a couple of ad-hoc rafts/boats that refugees have used to reach Miami. A lot of museums around the world have interesting exhibits, but this one really excels at:
1. Artifacts
2. Providing a great impression (through write-ups, audio, pictures, videos and the artifacts) what life was like in Miami throughout its various stages of history.

It's right downtown and I spent a couple of hours here - going slowly and taking everything in detail, but you could do this in an hour or so if your kids are getting restless.

For someone like me with a high level of interest in history, this place was like crack.

Visited January 2014
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HistoryMiami, Manager at HistoryMiami, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Dear Ed S,

Thank you for sharing your detailed review, we loved reading your comments. We are so glad that you visited us during your trip to Miami. Our permanent exhibition Tropical Dreams: A People's History of South Florida is everyone's favorite, providing tangible artifacts and fun props. If you are ever in Miami, we hope you will visit us again as we are currently expanding to include more space and exhibitions. If you are traveling with children, join HistoryMiami the second Saturday of each month for things to do, learn, and experience with the whole family!
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Arlington Heights, Massachusetts, United States
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“Visit this museum first”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

This museum gives a concise and interesting picture of the history of Miami, from prehistoric time to modern development. We spent a couple of hours working our way through the history and the centuries. We enjoyed the sections on piracy, the Spanish American War, the building of the railroad, and modern day. A museum staffer whose father came from Cuba on an innertube boat added a note of immediacy to the immigrant story. Seeing this museum early in your visit to the area will make the rest of the time here more interesting. The museum is located next to the main library, which is also a nice place to visit if you're a curious type.

Visited January 2014
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HistoryMiami, Manager at HistoryMiami, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Dear UhlBliss,

Thank you for the great comment. We are ecstatic that you visited us on your trip to Miami. A visit to our museum is a must for guests that want to get a more in depth perspective of Miami prior to exploring the city. To read about your interaction with the museum staff makes it that much more special. We will make sure to share your story with our entire team to ensure that we continue these unique experiences for all vistiors. We hope to see you in Miami again.
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“Total overview of Miami's development, from Natives to the 90s”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

HistoryMiami is one of most well presented museums in S FL. The main permanent exhibit chronicles the development of Miami from the times of the Native tribes, through colonialism, up to the modern develop as a city from Henry Flagler. Very interesting and detailed information for each time period with mock exhibits, recreations, and photos and artifacts. I was really moved sitting inside the Buena Vista street car with the segregation sign still posted inside. If you are a Miami Dade resident, visit the near by Main Branch library and request a Museum Pass, there are several museum throughout the county that participate in this program which gives residents free entry and HistoryMiami is one. A good visit for the general curious, history buffs, or any resident looking to learn more about the hometown. Great job guys !

Visited October 2013
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HistoryMiami, Manager at HistoryMiami, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Dear Stephen F,

Wow, thank you for the outstanding comments on our facilities and detailed exhibitions. Our permanent exhibition Tropical Dreams: A People's History of South Florida is a one of a kind stroll through Miami's history and a true Miami experience. We hope that you will visit us again. Be sure to follow us as we are adding more exhibitions to both of our buildings in the coming year.
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“A little surprise gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I happened across this place as I saw the poster for the Bob Marley exhibition. The museum is quite small but the staff are great and knowledgable the local history I thought was laid out well with some interesting elements and tableaux

The Marley exhibit was really good with interactive points where you could listen to his family friends and contemporaries talk about his life and work

Visited December 2013
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HistoryMiami, Public Relations Manager at HistoryMiami, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Mark: Thank you for your review. The Bob Marley Messenger exhibition has been very well-received by our guests. Please note that in late-January HistoryMiami will be expanding into what was the former Miami Art Museum facility, thereby doubling our square footage and exhibition space. We hope that you will visit us after that has occurred to be able to enjoy more of what we have to offer.
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Miami, Florida
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“A Eurocentric museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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