Adventures written by the VAMONDE Team
If you don’t have time to visit all of Miami’s landmarks, but you want to learn about the history of “The Magic City," stop by the HistoryMiami Museum. This downtown museum partners with the Smithsonian Institution to tell the story of Miami through rotating exhibits and permanent collections, special programs and events, and public and private tours of the city. The museum opened in 1962 as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. In 1984, it was moved to its current location in the Miami-Dade Cultural Center and renamed the HistoryMiami Museum in 2010.
See what you’ll find at the HistoryMiami Museum:
The museum houses over 37,000 artifacts from the prehistoric period to the present in six themed collections. The Archaeology Collection contains archaeological finds from Miami-Dade County, including pre-Colombian art and religious objects. The Seminole Collection features Native American handicrafts and canoes. In the Technology and Home Furnishings Collection, visitors can see objects commonly found in local homes and businesses during the 20th century.
The history of Miami-based Pan Am is well-documented in the Aviation Collection, which includes models of Pan Am aircrafts, uniforms worn by the airline’s flight attendants and pilots, radio equipment, and even dinnerware. The Maritime Collection covers Miami’s connection to its waterways, and the Community Life Collection celebrates the city’s cultural heritage.
HistoryMiami Museum also houses a Research Center with newspaper archives, photos, letters, architectural records, city directories, yearbooks, and more.
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