Type: Day Trips, Family Friendly, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
HistoryMiami doesn't sound like the name of a historical museum, which is exactly what organizers and board members had in mind. The less-bulky name signified a new direction for what was previously... Read More
HistoryMiami doesn't sound like the name of a historical museum, which is exactly what organizers and 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 (George Merrick and Marjory Stoneman Douglas were members) continues to offer the exhibits that were developed throughout the previous decades, along with new ones. Now 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 has been incorporated as part of the museum. City 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.
- Free Things to Do: "If you don't ride public transit here, make sure to ask for parking validation."
- Things to Do with Kids: "Mmake sure to sign up for their newsletter for weekly Hands on History activities before and after your visit! Also, admission is currently free for a limited time."
- Museums: "Check out their website for schedule of tours around town. Their Stiltsville Cruise is not to be missed."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: Second Saturdays are for free for families. Make a (free) day of it by riding the metro mover there and visiting the downtown library afterward.
- Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: It's the very best place to learn more about local culture and history, complete with interactive exhibitions that keep kids of all ages engaged.
- 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.