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Historical Museum of Southern Florida

101 West Flagler Street
Miami, Florida

Phone: 305 375 1492 --

Statement of Purpose:

To collect, preserve and exhibit the material record of southern Florida and Caribbean history.

Highlights & Collections:

The Historical Museum of Southern Florida features fascinating bilingual exhibits, exciting multi-media presentations and unique hands-on displays on the life and culture of Florida's inhabitants.

In addition to "Tropical Dreams: A People's History of Southern Florida and the Caribbean," the museum's permanent exhibit, continually changing temporary exhibits explore everything from art and photography to shipwrecks and sports.

Visitors can take a piece of history home with them from the museum's Charlton W. Tebeau Research Center, a photo archives where reproductions of thousands of historical images are available to order.

If you need a special gift or souvenir, The Indies Company museum store offers an impressive array of books, jewelry, clothing, toys, handcrafted items and more, all with a Florida theme.

Historic tours of South Florida's unique and beautiful neighborhoods and waterways are offered year round, along with interactive education programs for children.

The Historical Museum of Southern Florida continuously displays portions of its rare, complete, double elephant folio edition of John James Audubon's detailed nineteenth century prints, "The Birds of America." Other popular collections objects include the extensive "Miami News" photographs, shipwreck gold, cannons, Native American clothing and artifacts.

Permanent Exhibitions


Tropical Dreams: A People's History of Southern Florida

 The heart of the Museum's exhibitions, "Tropical Dreams" examines 10,000 years of South Florida and Caribbean history through the use of multimedia presentations. Tropical Dreams also provides hand-on, interactive learning experiences for children including play stations complete with period clothing, tools and toys.

Gateway of the Americas

 A new addition to the museum's permanent exhibit, Gateway of the Americas features interactive computer stations and audio and video presentations documenting the last fifty years of change in South Florida and the Caribbean.


Admission & Directions:

The Historical Museum of Southern Florida is located in Downtown Miami in the Metro-Dade Cultural Center, across the street from Metrorail's Government Center Station. The museum's state-of-the-art facility hosts a permanent gallery and a special gallery with several changing exhibitions each year. In addition, the museum houses the Charlton W. Tebeau Research Center, a non-circulating library and archives open to museum visitors, and The Indies Company, the museum's store which offers a unique array of Florida-themed books and gifts.

By train: Take Metrorail to the Government Center station. The museum is located across the street on the plaza of the Metro-Dade Cultural Center.

By car: (Heading south) Take I-95 south to the Miami Avenue exit. Turn right onto Miami Avenue, then right onto SW 2nd Ave. Cross Flagler Street, the parking garage is on the left and the Cultural Center is on the right. (Heading north) Take I-95 north to the NW 2nd St. exit. Turn right onto NW 2nd St., then right onto NW 2nd Ave. The Cultural Center will be on the left and the parking garage will be on right.


Part of the Historical Museum's permanent exhibition.

The museum's building

on the Metro-Dade Cultural Center plaza in downtown Miami.

"Tropical Dreams: A People's History of Southern Florida."

Another view of our permanent exhibit.

School children

are learning about history through one of the museum's many education programs. Cultural traditions come to life as kids participate in art, dance, geography and dramatic activities revolving around history lessons.

Key Personnel:

Randy Nimnicht, President

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