Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU

Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU, Miami Beach: Hours, Address, Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU Reviews: 4.5/5

Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU

Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is the only Museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture. The museum is housed in two adjacent lovingly restored historic buildings, at 301 Washington Avenue on South Beach, that were once synagogues for Miami Beach's first Jewish congregation. The museum's focal point is its core exhibit, "MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, 1763 to Present" and its temporary history and art exhibits that change periodically. A Collections and Research Center, several films, Timeline Wall of Jewish history, museum Store filled with unique items and Bessie's Bistro complete the experience for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
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Jay
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A visit to the Jewish Museum in Miami Beach
Jun 2021 • Friends
We were escorted by one of the docents, Howard Bader. He was knowledgeable about the Jewish history of Florida with special emphasis on Miami Beach. The museum is housed in the same building that housed the first formal synagogue in Miami Beach, Beth Jacob. We toured the two buildings and reviewed various exhibits. One exhibit was a stained glass window donated by Meyer Lansky. The tour was very interesting and can be done comfortably in 2-3 hours.
Written June 30, 2021
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Molly
Miami Beach, FL2 contributions
Walking tour of Miami Beach
Jun 2021
I'm a resident of Miami Beach & randomly stumbled across info about Howard's Jewish walking tour of SOFI. It's leisurely paced, lasts about two hours, and covers both historical & current contributions of Jewish residents to the City's development. Howard is incredibly knowledgeable about Miami Beach's history! I'll definitely return to visit the museum itself, which was closed the day of our tour due to COVID but has limited weekday hours.
Written June 28, 2021
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Annette F
Miami580 contributions
Make time to take the Walking Tour
Jun 2021
Take the walking tour if you can. If it's just a way to gain some insight into the landscape of art deco in the South of Fifth district or a sincere interest in the Jewish history of Miami Beach, take the walking tour offered by the museum. The guide developed this informative walk through careful research. He provided insights into the people from the entire 20th and into the 21st century. Well worth it.
Written June 28, 2021
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JuliainFloridaPhD
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Excellent
Jun 2021 • Family
My family loves Miami Beach, and Howard’s walking tour of Jewish South Beach is not to be missed! Walking the small streets of South of Fifth with Howard, the Jewish community’s history comes alive (fortunately since it’s mostly forgotten/nonexistent and not outwardly visible today). Howard uses extensive research and visual aids to tell the Jewish South Beach story.

Departing from the Old Shul—the oldest Synagogue on The Beach—Howard retraces the stories of key Jewish families and individuals who called SoFi home, and were influential to South Beach’s development.

For much of the early to mid-20th century, South of Fifth was the sole section of Miami Beach in which Jewish proprietors were allowed to buy or own homes. As a result in SoFi’s cultural heyday there were Kosher hotels, even a Yiddish Theatre.

Again, the tour was really special for us; as is the case with many an East Coast Jewish family, my great grandparents traveled to the area in order to safely vacation during the latter half of the twentieth century, continuing Jewish life on Miami Beach.

Here’s to many more years of good weather, Jewish cuisine, and safety in our little Tel Aviv, little Shtetl, by the Sea 🌺

Thanks to Howard, Eva, Mosaic, FIU & all the cultural movers, shakers, and preservationists that keep our beautiful and varied histories alive.
Written June 20, 2021
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Elaine L
1 contribution
A new look at an old treasure on Miami Beach
Jun 2021
The museum just re-opened and its interior has been renovated. The exhibits are new and it was just a delight to experience the old and the new. I really enjoyed the Will Eisner comic book exhibit.
Written June 9, 2021
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LindaS15
Boca Raton, FL5 contributions
Very Notable Walking Tour
May 2021
I had a most informative and entertaining walking tour by Howard. Not only does he fill you in on historic info about South Beach, but adds some colorful background along the way. It was a very pleasant 2 hours and easy walking.
Written May 29, 2021
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Philly man
Philadelphia, PA335 contributions
Must visit
May 2021 • Couples
Very nice of them to allow us in. Museum is open but only by adv res. Which we did not have. No admission fee now just ask for donation

We are not Jewish and still found bldg and the displays very interesting. The guide also gives art deco tours
MB was once 65% Jewish
Written May 13, 2021
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Ronnie Z
North Miami Beach, FL1 contribution
Jewish Working Tour
Apr 2021 • Friends
A very enjoyable and informative 90 minutes with Howard. I have lived I the area for years but always just saw buildings rather than now I know some history of South Beach. A fun outside adventure with friends. Many great places for brunch after the tour.
Written April 27, 2021
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ZenHealer7
Asheville, NC2,395 contributions
What Is This?
Feb 2021
Could not figure out what this museum is all about. It seemed pointless. There were some strange looking people lurking there. Best avoided.
Written February 10, 2021
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Andres Rodriguez
Costa De Los Pinos, Spain25 contributions
Jewish history
Jan 2020
This museum I have to say it most interesting and enlightening. Took a quick walk through to look at the well laid out exhibits. Jewish life. The building is an ex-synogague but very beautifully built with care and love. You can feel the spirituality of the place even after careful conversion to a museum.
Written May 7, 2020
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