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This museum provides a very colorful look at the people and events that shaped South Florida. Native Americans, European explorers and early pioneers all played a part in creating what we see today. This museum covers the entire fascinating heritage of the region, from the docks and cigar factories of old Key West to the glamor of the Art Deco era. Come February, HistoryMiami hosts the annual Miami International Map Fair.
This landmark building located in the center of Miami is especially important to Cuban residents. During the 1960s, it was the processing center for nearly half a million Cuban refugees. Designed by George A Fuller, Schultze, & Weaver the Freedom Tower was established in 1925. Prior to its stint as a Cuban refugee center, the Freedom Tower housed the Miami News. The Freedom Tower is home to MDC Museum of Art + Design. Visitors to the landmark can peruse beautiful artworks exhibited at the museum.
An exquisite estate that once belonged to businessman James Deering, the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a lavish 20th-century complex featuring Italian Renaissance gardens, historic structures, and the main villa itself. Part of the estate is also composed of a native woodland landscape. The museum at the villa takes visitors back in time and lets one explore the beautiful architecture, European furnishings and other details of its past. Over the years, this stately villa has appeared as a backdrop for several Hollywood movies and soap operas, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Iron Man 3, and Days of Our Lives.
Nestled in two historic synagogue buildings that have been restored, the Jewish Museum of Florida is one of its kind in the state. Explore the more than 250 years of Florida Jewish history through the exhibits, arts and culture. Mosaic: Jewish Life in Florida is its permanent exhibit, with additional exhibits visiting throughout the year. A unique museum that gives a glimpse into the lives of the Floridian Jews, their heritage and culture.
Occupying a striking historic building from 1939, this museum offers an in-depth look at the historic and cultural factors that have shaped the city over the years. From architecture and town planning to art, the museum touches upon numerous topics through its exhaustive exhibits. The museum also has numerous educational programs for children and welcomes school visits. The beautiful museum complex comprises a host of regal spaces which can be rented out for private events.
Arch Creek Park and Museum offers a lot to its visitors. Home to many birds and animal sanctuaries, nature trails, and a museum/nature center containing Indian and pioneer artifacts, this place is definitely worth a visit. Miami-Dade Parks' naturalists conduct free tours regularly. This tranquil park is perfect for a quiet picnic among the trees or a stroll across the limestone natural bridge that was once part of an Indian trail. Attendants at Arch Creek Park and Museum offer a variety of special programs for both children and adults.
Get a closer look at one of the proudest innovations of American ingenuity, the railroad. Authentic Pullmans, engines, and dining cars are displayed along a half-mile of real track. The museum's most prized acquisition, however, is the Ferdinand Magellan, one of the most luxurious railroad cars in the United States. Built in the 1930s for President Franklin Roosevelt, the car has since been used by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Reagan, and Bush. The Ferdinand Magellan was completely restored after being destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and is now available for public viewing at The Gold Coast Railroad Museum. This unique museum can also be rented for private celebrations as well as corporate functions.