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HistoryMiami doesn't sound like the name of a historical museum, which is exactly what its board members had in mind. The less-bulky name signified a new direction for what was previously called the... Read More
HistoryMiami doesn't sound like the name of a historical museum, which is exactly what its board members had in mind. The less-bulky name signified a new direction for what was previously called the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. Today, the museum, which actually began as a historical association in 1940 continues to offer the exhibits that were developed throughout the previous decades, as well as incorporating new ones. Now a a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, the facility has a newfound ability to launch its own collections and publications, as well as lend and borrow traveling exhibits. In addition, the famed Miami Circle site, unearthed downtown when a new building was being planned, has been incorporated as part of the museum. Ciity tours of the Circle are offered, as well as eco-history bus, boat and walking tours of external attractions ranging from Calle Ocho to the Everglades.
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: HistoryMiami's Holiday Lights and History on the Intracoastal boat tour will give you a unique look at waterfront mansions and historic sites all lit up.
- Best for Museums Because: HistoryMiami is the city's only museum dedicated to preserving its past. Also, they host fantastic tours and have a research center open to the public.
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: Second Saturdays are for free for families. Make a (free) day of it by riding the metromover there and visiting the library afterwards.