HistoryMiami Museum

101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130 - United States

305-375-1492

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Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

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HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate located in downtown Miami, safeguards and shares Miami stories to foster learning, inspire a sense of place, and cultivate an engaged community. Through exhibitions, artistic endeavors, city tours, education, research, collections and publications, HistoryMiami Museum works to help everyone understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami’s future. HistoryMiami Museum connects people by telling the stories of Miami’s communities, individuals, places and events.

Exhibits

Tropical Dreams: A People's History of South Florida

Tropical Dreams explores South Florida history from prehistoric times to the present day.

Embracing the Lens: The BlackFlorida Project - The photography of Johanne Rahaman, and curated by Dr. Jeffreen M. Hayes, this exhibition presents images from the BlackFlorida project, an archive of photographs and personal histories that documents the people and everyday life of Florida’s Black communities. Depicting rural towns and inner cities spanning the entirety of the state, the project seeks to provide an alternate perspective on these marginalized communities by highlighting their richness through images of entrepreneurship, beauty, sensuality, aging, mortality, youth, and resilience. Embracing the Lens features portraits and street photography, as well as landscape, architectural, and still life images, while incorporating personal stories and items related to the people documented by Rahaman as part of the BlackFlorida project.

It's a Miami Thing: Highlights From Our Collection

In celebration of the City of Miami’s 125th birthday, we invite you to explore highlights from the museum’s vast collection of artifacts and archival materials. Over the decades, the museum has collaborated with the community to collect, preserve, and share local history, in particular objects that document the uniqueness of our city. It’s a Miami Thing will display hundreds of items including unearthed Tequesta artifacts from 800 A.D., Seminole patchwork clothing, prints from naturalist John James Audubon’s Birds of America, treasure salvaged from the 1622 Nuestra Señora de Atocha shipwreck, discovered 35 years ago off the coast of the Florida Keys, and a cape from famed astrologer Walter Mercado.

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