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HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami's history as the unique crossroads of the Americas.
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Neighborhood: Downtown
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  • Government Center • 2 min walk
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  • FlyAaron
    United States755 contributions
    Blast from the past
    For someone who was born and raised in Miami and moved away 24 years ago, this was an opportunity to play tourist and re-discover memories and memorabilia this museum offers. What I appreciate about HistoryMiami were the many photographs and information offered about the native history, population growth, tourism industry, neighborhoods, icons, politics, and immigrants who came from Haiti and Cuba. Information about each exhibit is written in English and Spanish, and is summarized in a simple way. At the time of this review, tickets were free and you can order them online by selecting a date and a two-hour time slot. If my memory is correct, they only allow 25 people in the building within a two hour period. Validated parking is offered for a flat rate of $5. Park in the garage next door and they will validate your ticket. If you’re someone looking to re-discover memories of the past like me, or you’re visiting the area for the first time and you’re looking to discover what’s behind the glass buildings and beaches, be sure to put this on your list!
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 21, 2021
  • Diane K
    Venice, Florida3,824 contributions
    Learned more about the area
    There are two buildings of exhibits. If you are mainly interested in learning about the area - I suggest you go to the second building first. Also if you park at the multilevel parking garage across the street from the museum you can have your ticket stamped and only pay $5.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 11, 2023
  • Adriana R
    386 contributions
    Great History Museum in Miami Downtown
    Miami is known worldwide as a “fiesta city”; but although it doesn’t have a lot of museums like other big cities, if you are interested in culture, you can find some good venues/events here as well. One of them if the History Miami Museum, located Downtown, in an area frequented by a lot of people not as fortunate as we all are, but frankly I never had a problem walking there (at least during the day). We found this little gem thanks to a Groupon offer, and went to Miami last month for a day trip just to see the museum. Unfortunately we found it closed, and there was no sign at all at the entrance, nothing indicated on their website, no special message on their answering machine… It was a passer-by that reminded us it was Veteran’s Day: our fault for not having thought of that, but I’m still rating the museum 4 stars instead of 5 because of their lack of proper communication (potential international visitors won’t know that city’s offices are closed for Veteran’s Day). So we took another day trip to Miami this month to go and see the museum. The museum consists in 2 buildings of 2 floors, and you start your visit in the building displaying items belonging to the most recent history of Miami. I understand that in this section they also have special exhibits, but unfortunately there was none not when we visited. I found the second building much more interesting: it goes from the old times and also has more items. The place is small, but I think we stayed in the second building for almost a couple of hours: I loved it! It’s very informative, shows lots of very old pictures, a video, and makes you want to further study Miami’s history. I really enjoyed my visit!
    Written December 21, 2021
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Florida348 contributions
Dec 2021
The History Miami Museum was a nice surprise. It is definitely not one of the most celebrated museums in Miami, but it turned out to be very interesting.

The best part is in the second building, north of the main ones; we spent almost 2 hours there and you can learn a lot about the history of Miami.

I definitely recommend a visit but take your time in the 2nd bldg. to read what you are looking at.
Written January 1, 2022
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Atlanta, GA28 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
HistoryMiami made the past come alive and helped make the present understandable. The museum was right-sized with enough, but not too much, information on important facets of the past. We especially enjoyed the splendid tour given by the museum educator, Jeremy Gates.
Written January 15, 2020
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Debra H
16 contributions
Mar 2022
This was not as good as I had hoped for my grandson and myself. It lost his interest quickly and he rushed thru it, though he is very interested in history and an excellent reader. The place was very clean and neat with staff around to help if you needed it. The section of the city made us a bit nervous but we are from a small town so Miami was a bit overwhelming anyway! I would not advise it for younger children.
Written March 27, 2022
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Vincent M
New Orleans, LA2,213 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
I have been to Miami many, many times and had never gone to the HistoryMiami museum. Frankly, Miami simply hasn't got much history compared to, say, Detroit or St Louis--let alone Boston, New York, Montreal or New Orleans. However, I was impressed: the museum is much larger than I had expected. Its curatorship is excellent, its exhibits are interesting, and its scope goes beyond the city of Miami to include all of South Florida. Some notable exhibits:
1. Lots of artifacts from the Age of Exploration, including Spanish artillery-pieces and a wall-full of centuries-old maps and charts—one, an 18th century French map, still referred to northern Florida as “French Florida” based on Ribault’s ill-fated settlement of what’s now Jacksonville in the 1500s.
2. Great information on the Spanish treasure fleets, shipwrecks, pirates, and sunken treasure—including display cases full of loot salvaged from Spanish wrecks.
3. Excellent information on the “indigenous” inhabitants—who weren’t exactly indigenous: the Europeans got to Florida first. Sir Francis Drake raided Saint Augustine 200 years before the Creeks began to move down from Georgia and the Carolinas and became the Seminoles. Still, to give them credit, even if they were neither pre-Columbian nor native, Florida’s Seminoles were important pathfinders—Georgians and Carolinians have been following their footsteps down to Miami ever since. Just check out the license plates on Collins Ave.
4. Very good information on the Keys in general, and in particular Key West: the only antebellum city in south Florida, a maritime waystation between Saint Augustine and Pensacola, and known for wreckers and spongers. The latter weren’t modern “can you spare a few bucks” spongers—but divers who swam down on a lungful of air to bring up living sponges to be transformed into accessories for milady’s boudoir. Their upscale occupational cousins, pearl divers, looked down on lowly spongers with disdain—if you’ve ever been downwind of a pile of rotting sponges, you’d know why—but hey, whatever it takes to make a dollar or doubloon….
5. Displays and historic photographs on the earliest US settlers to what is now Miami-Dade County, giving you a good feel for the challenges they faced, including the Seminole Wars. `
6. A lot of information on the spectacular local real estate development craze of the 1920s. No less an economist than John Kenneth Galbraith has argued that the bursting of the speculative Florida real estate bubble set the stage for the Great Crash and the Depression; so this colorful story is of more than purely local interest.
7. A timeline of exhibits chronicling the growth of Miami from the Roaring 20s, and its transformation into a modern, and unique, world city.
7. Exhibits on Miami’s culture. I was particularly interested in the exhibit showing masks, beaded necklaces and other paraphernalia of the Santeria religion, a syncretic blend of West African religion with Catholicism. Santeria is practiced in former Spanish Caribbean colonies, and hence in Miami. Living in Louisiana and having been to Brazil, I’m familiar with the parallel religions of Voodoo (in former French colonies) and Candomble (in the former Portuguese one), but this is the first museum I’ve seen that discusses Santeria. A note for those readers familiar with the Matamoros murders: Santeria is unfairly castigated due to the human sacrifices of the Santerio Adolfo Constanzo, but he was no more typical of Santeria than the Spanish Inquisition is of Catholicism.
All the above permanent exhibits are in the northern museum building (furthest from Flagler Street. A second building, to the southeast, has an interactive center and houses temporary exhibits; currently they have one on Operation Pedro Pan. When Castro overthrew Batista in 1959, conservative and upper-class Catholic families feared that their children would be brainwashed by the Communists, and even that their children might be shipped off to labor camps in Siberia. With support from the Catholic Church, over 14,000 unaccompanied children were air-lifted from Cuba to the US, the largest such child-migration in Western hemisphere history. This high-tech exhibit tells the powerful story of their exodus, and includes narratives by living Miamians who as children were uprooted and transplanted as part of the human cargo. This exhibit will run through January 17th. Without the Pedro Pan exhibit, I would still rate HistoryMiami as Very Good. With it, if you can get there in time, I upgrade the rating to Excellent.
Opportunities for improvement: the museum discusses the natural history of the area, but I wish it did so at greater length—South Florida occupies a unique biological spot on the planet. I also would have liked more info on public health: the history of Miami is inextricably linked to public health: South Florida’s climate should have been a magnet attracting mass settlement (as it does today), but the medical hazards were so horrific—malaria, yellow jack, and so on—that disease effectively barred the door until the early 20th century revolution in public health finally made Miami survivable. It’s a powerful story, central to Miami history, and this would be the perfect place for it to be told at some length.
Logistics: HistoryMiami is on Flagler between NW 1st and 2nd. A GPS is extremely useful, because the museum is bordered on two sides by both a river and an interstate highway; and on all sides by one-way streets. Parking is available nearby in garages and lots, but their city-center rates are quite steep. You can save a bundle by finding a parking spot on the street. Even though you have to pay to street-park, that’s chump change compared to commercial parking venues. The commercial-lot deal-breaker for me was that the garage demanded that I tell them in advance how long I’d be parked—ergo, if I overestimated how long I’d spend in the museum, I’d be paying top dollar for a parking space I was no longer using, and if I underestimated, I’d have to skip some museum halls. In fact, I would have underestimated, expecting to spend an hour or so, and actually spending all afternoon there, and racing through several halls as the museum was about to close. The museum staff was happy to let us leave temporarily to reset the meter. Obviously we weren’t the first visitors who’d needed to feed a meter. On the other hand, if you do decide to park all day at a downtown commercial lot, you’ll be happy to learn that the US Bankruptcy Court is conveniently located just around the corner from the museum, should you unexpectedly need its services. My estimated length of visit is more than 3 hours, based on you all being thoughtful adults; I don’t think small children would keep their interest in this museum for that long.
Written December 6, 2015
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Cesena, Italy16,439 contributions
Feb 2013 • Couples
we suggest to visit this musuem on the second saturday of the month 'cos it's free otherwise the ticket of 8 usd would be really too much for it.
the collection is poor and there is nothing really impressive.
i m sure that you could find many better ways to expalin and tell the history of this amazing city.
don't forget to visit it on the second saturday of each month.
Written February 9, 2013
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United States4,720 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
Getting to the museum was easy from the government center metromover station. It was short walk and located right next to the main Miami Dade Public Library on the other side of a large courtyard.

I entered the larger building on the left of the courtyard. Initially I was greeted and told that the entrance fee was waived if I signed in.

This was not a very popular museum even though it was a weekend visit. Consisting of two buildings and two floors I maybe saw at most half a dozen other visitors. However this was perfect for me to enjoy the museum almost all to myself.

The largest wing consisted of a research center (closed), large Miami mural and a room dedicated to a local family on the first floor. The second floor was more interesting as it traced the evolution of Miami from the first native Americans, Spanish discoverers through the present. There was even a portion dedicated to those who came to Florida as boat refugees from Cuba or Haiti. Two boats were on display and I was amazed that they somehow survived the journey.

In the other building the first floor contained a mixture of displays covering Pan Am airlines, dugout canoe, planetarium projector and many examples of souvenirs or household items playing off the sunshine state theme. A large chalkboard wall was available for visitors to draw or leave a message behind. On the second floor a rare collection of bird drawings from John James Audubon was displayed along with other historical documents. A unique display focused on devastation from hurricanes with damaged and broken pieces collected from one hurricane.

Overall a good collection of interesting displays and topics worth a visit to see.
Written October 30, 2021
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Eagle, NE38 contributions
Aug 2016 • Solo
So in an hour or two you can get a very decent feel for the history and culture of Miami. A great effort telling an interesting story of the community. They also have a new building with traveling exhibits. I went to see the photography exhibit, which was great and my favorite part, but I enjoyed the other special exhibits as well.

Many photos and artifacts but a nice way to stay out of the heat on a summer afternoon.

Very affordable ($8 bucks senior, military and military families free from memorial day to labor day). Remember to get your parking ticket stamped so you can get reduced rates in the parking garage.

Not a lot of little-kid friendly stuff so make sure your kids are a bit older. Very friendly and attentive staff with lots of local knowledge.
Written August 10, 2016
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hope h
18 contributions
May 2016
I enjoyed the memorabilia- clothing and personal effects- supplied by the Sinatra family. The info includes a time line and photos of Frank through the years. Of course, there is plenty of his music available. Do catch the photojournalist, Tom Chapman's exhibit as well. Disturbing and powerful photos that will take you back to past horrors like Jonestown. See Sinatra afterwards to raise your spirits...
Written May 24, 2016
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Miami, FL52 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
I've lived in Miami for many years, but I didn't know much about Miami's storied past until I visited this downtown museum. It's in the same plaza as the Main Public library. Lots of eats and a Starbucks right nearby.
There is a permanent part of the museum that traces Miami's history back from prehistoric times to the present. Some very cool pieces and old photos are part of the many exhibits here. Downstairs there's space for installations. Right now there's an exhibit about the famous Sonny Liston/Cassius Clay fight that took place at the Miami Beach Convention "Hall" and made Muhammad Ali World champion. Enjoyed seeing the old posters and brochures for this. Another exhibit features colorful street Art from local muralists. All painted on the walls of the museum. My favorite of the changing exhibits is tucked away in the back. It's a history of Miami's Marine Stadium. There's some great old pix of the Stadium and pix of how it looks now. Hopefully this stadium will once again become part of Miami's current arts and concert scene. The renderings for a renovated stadium look great.
There's a new exhibit in their second building called Facing History. It features some curiosities from Miami's more recent past. The refugee raft, Pan Am stewardess uniform, hair curler 'machine' and the KKK robe were several of the many curiosities here. I understand they will be adding more pieces to this exhibit soon.
You can spend an hour here or several hours depending on how much you want to read and take in. I went on my lunch hour when I got to enjoy everything quietly.
If you go this month, be sure to check out Miami Museum month and get 2 for 1 admission. For $4 it's well worth it.
Written May 7, 2014
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Dear joeperz, Thank you for the great comments. We are so happy to have been able to infuse culture into your lunch hour. HistoryMiami offers a great introduction to Miami's history for locals and tourists alike. We agree, the Miami Marine Stadium is an important part of our history and hope to see it back in action. Be sure to continue following us for news of new exhibitions.We hope to see you again soon.
Written May 12, 2014
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Judy U
Cambridge, MA49 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
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.
Written January 22, 2014
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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.
Written May 12, 2014
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