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HistoryMiami Museum, formerly known as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, is a museum located in Miami, Florida, USA. Founded in 1940, HistoryMiami Museum is the largest history museum in the State of Florida. HistoryMiami houses four permanent galleries and up to three traveling exhibits, Archives and Research Center, the South Florida Folklife Center, the Education Center, and City Tours program. Each February, HistoryMiami also hosts the annual Miami International Map Fair, the largest map fair in the Western Hemisphere.

Formerly known as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, HistoryMiami is the second oldest cultural institution in South Florida, and is a Smithsonian affiliate. Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) in 1979, the Museum of HistoryMiami joins the elite twenty-four percent of history museums nationwide to receive this honor.

in 2015, HistoryMiami celebrated its 75th anniversary. The Museum has been exhibiting for fifty three years, publishing for seventy-four years, operating a non-circulating library for fifty-three, conducting city tours for forty five years, and educating more than 500,000 students in the area’s rich history for thirty-three. Connecting the rich past and ever-evolving future of the region and its diverse inhabitants, this museum is a must see.

HistoryMiami Museum programs include exhibitions, city tours, education, research, collections and publications on the importance of the past in shaping Miami's future. HistoryMiami's Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, as it has been since 1979.[1] In 2010 the museum announced HistoryMiami as its new brand name.[2]


Located in the Miami-Dade Cultural Plaza in Miami, Florida, HistoryMiami Museum is a 70,000 square foot facility and home to more than one million historic images and 30,000 three-dimensional artifacts, including a 1920s trolley car, gold and silver recovered from 17th and 18th century shipwrecks, artifacts from Pan American World Airways, and rafts that brought refugees to Miami.

One of the Museum’s permanent exhibitions, Tropical Dreams: A People’s History of South Florida, covers 12,000 years of history and examines the development of the region and its people against key historic events including early Native American settlement, the Spanish Exploration period, World War II up to the present. Also on display is a world-class temporary exhibit; Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children’s Exodus, which explores the largest recorded child refuge in the Western Hemisphere through historic images, oral histories and personal items, such as letters and photographs. The

HistoryMiami also includes the Archives and Research Center, which contains historic photos and documents useful to scholars, distant learners, industry professionals. The lower level houses classrooms used for educational programming and lectures, administrative offices, and part of the museum's object collection.

HistoryMiami is the official repository for all archaeological material recovered in Miami-Dade County.[3]

HistoryMiami is served by the Miami Metrorail at Government Center Station.[citation needed]



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  1. Historical Museum of Southern Florida: about Retrieved on June 4, 2012
  2. Cervantes, Victoria. "Historical Museum of Southern Florida Commemorates 70th Anniversary with Unveiling of New Brand Identity" (PDF). HistoryMiami. Retrieved 17 April 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Historical Museum of Southern Florida: history Retrieved on March 9, 2008

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