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Formally known as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, HistoryMiami aims to add context to the lively culture that makes South Florida distinctly its own destination.
More than 100,000 square feet of space houses multiple permanent collections, including one that follows the history of the region back to its Native American heritage. Exhibitions related to Miami's history include one of the largest Pan American World Airways collections in the country, as well as artifacts from local artisans, musicians and religious relics. The museum also features annual rotating installations that showcase Miami's influence on American pop culture. Past exhibits include memorabilia and a video from The Beatles' trip to Miami Beach in 1964.
This Smithsonian affiliate is also home to an archives and research center and the South Florida Folklife Center, which records and preserves the unique traditions of the melting pot of different Latin cultures that thrive in Miami. Some visitors said they were surprised by the rich history of the region, and noted the museum did a good job of highlighting Miami's past.
The museum is located in the downtown area inside the Miami-Dade Cultural Center across the street from the Government Center Metrorail station. You can visit Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students and $5 for children ages 6 through 12; children younger than 6 are admitted for free. For a look at local history outside the museum walls, take advantage of the city tours either by foot, bike or boat (for an extra fee). For more information check out HistoryMiami's website.
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