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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 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.
- 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.
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: Every Saturday in December, Hands-On-History: Holidays Around The World will feature storytime and crafts related to various celebrations, from Chanukah to Kwanzaa.
- 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.